McDonald’s has been named the number one limited-service restaurant brand in the United States in QSR magazine’s annual QSR 50, which ranks the top 50 limited-service restaurant chains.

QSR said in its report that, in the years leading up to 2015, McDonald’s “painted the picture of a kingdom in decline.”  McDonald’s had lost their luster as clever competitors, such at Chick-fil-A, Panera, and Chipolte, stole market share, QSR said.  However, the last year has demonstrated that there are signs of a turnaround at McDonald’s, with systemwide sales experiencing a roughly $350 million boost in 2015 and three straight quartes of comp-sales increases.

Under the direction of McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrooks, the company launched easy customization, which has expanded to more markets, and added all-day breakfast.  All-day breakfast was not rolled out until October, but it helped McDonald’s to close 2015 on a high note.

Chick-fil-A ranked number one in the chicken segment (eight in the overall QRS 50 ranking) with $6,825.9 (millions) in 2015 systemwide sales; $3,977.3 in average sales per unit (thousands); 1,646 franchised units in 2015; and 337 company-owned units

Following are the top nine chains in the chicken segment in the QRS 50 ranking, available here.

  1. Chick-Fil-A
  2. KFC
  3. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  4. Zaxby’s
  5. Bojangles’
  6. Church’s Chicken
  7. Wingstop
  8. El Pollo Loco
  9. Boston Market