Left to right: Alex Myrick, co-host of the awards gala and from premier sponsor, Steritech; Patrick Shotwell, Cowboy Chicken Area Director; Chuck Zieseniss, Cowboy Chicken Director of Corporate Operations; Brittany Mercer, Cowboy Chicken Director of Off-Premise Sales; Sean Kennedy, Cowboy Chicken President and CEO; Kip Kolow, Cowboy Chicken Chief Strategy Officer; and Cherryh Cansler, Fast Casual Senior Editor. Photo courtesy of Fast Casual.

Cowboy Chicken was recently named in the top 100 movers and shakers by Fast Casual magazine.

The restaurant, which has a location on Greenville Avenue near E. Lovers Lane, was included in the list for its profitability, growth rate, creativity, nimbleness and innovation.

It’s the 12th-consecutive year that Cowboy Chicken has been included in the list. This year, the restaurant was ranked No. 20, a jump from last year’s No. 72.

“We are proud to serve food made with real, honest ingredients and credit our loyal guests for our success,” says Cowboy Chicken CEO Sean Kennedy. “We wouldn’t be here without them.”

Cowboy Chicken was founded in Dallas in 1981 and has since expanded to 17 locations across Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Oklahoma and soon, Florida.

The restaurant serves all-natural, hormone-free rotisserie chickens, as well as chicken enchiladas, brisket, tacos and family meals.