Dixy Chicken

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Dixy Chicken
Company typeWholly owned subsidiary
Founded1986; 38 years ago (1986)
FounderMohammed "Mo" Chowdhury and Samuel Jackson (Meshoe)
HeadquartersSolihull, England
Number of locations
150+ worldwide
Area served
United Kingdom
United States
New Zealand
Saudi Arabia
New Zealand
Key people
Shakeel Arshad
(Owner, chairman & CEO)
ProductsFast Food
(chicken burgers • chicken • french fries • soft drinks • salads • desserts)
ParentSABT2 Ltd.
Dixy Chicken, Palmers Green, London (2010)

Dixy Chicken is a fast food chain that specializes in halal chicken. The company was founded by two British Pakistanis, who offered halal versions of products found in McDonald's and KFC. It is owned by an English company, SABT2 Limited. Dixy Chicken was founded in 1986, and has 110 outlets within the United Kingdom.

There are four in Syria, and one each in France, Norway, United States, Egypt, India, Brunei, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.


Dixy Chicken was founded in 1986 by Mohammed "Mo" Chowdhury and Samuel Jackson (Meshoe). It was taken over by the American chain Church's Chicken in February 2008. At the end of 2008, it was acquired by Shakeel Arshad, the current owner.[2]

Food safety and hygiene[edit]

The Food Standards Agency lists hygiene ratings for the 73 outlets in the United Kingdom, and 39 have received 4 or 5 stars.[3]

In February 2012, after being open for just two weeks, an outlet in Staffordshire was awarded two out of five stars on Staffordshire Borough Council's Rate My Place food safety inspection scheme, noting numerous issues including 'haphazard' refrigerated food storage methods, infected blood found on the packaging of some cheese slices, inadequate hot water supply and cooked chicken being stored below the required temperature of 63 °C.[4]

In July 2014, the Dixy Chicken food chain had the worst hygiene record across the United Kingdom; a third of the outlets failed to meet "satisfactory levels" of hygiene,[5] and nearly half in London failed to meet satisfactory levels.[6] A worker in a branch in Birmingham was filmed washing their feet in a sink, and another was shut down and fined £10,000, after mouse droppings were discovered.[7][8]

A branch in Hackney was also shut down after a rat infestation.[9] In August 2021, Walsall Council closed a branch of Dixy Chicken within their Borough for a widespread rat infestation. [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dixy Chicken - Home".
  2. ^ "Dixy Chicken - Journey". Dixychicken.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ "FSA Hygiene Ratings". Food Standards Agency. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ Christina, Massey (25 February 2012). "New fast food business is told to clean up its act". Burton Mail. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  5. ^ Rosenbaum, Martin (30 July 2014). "Fast food chains with poor hygiene". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "REVEALED: The London restaurants, pubs, supermarkets, hotels and takeaways with the best and worst hygiene ratings | Croydon Advertiser". Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  7. ^ Lloyd, Matt (4 May 2014). "Washwood Heath takeaway owner fined £10,000 over mouse droppings". Birminghammail.co.uk. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ Tyler, Jane (21 February 2014). "Video: Customer films man washing his feet in takeaway restaurant's kitchen sink". Birminghammail.co.uk. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Stoke Newington take away ordered to close". Hackneyhive.co.uk. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Chicken shop forced to close after rat infestation". 20 August 2021.

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