Chicken Licken is finally on Uber Eats – so we paid R10 to have ours driven 500 metres and avoid the winter chill

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  • Chicken Licken lovers from Gauteng, Durban, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein can finally order their favourite spicy meal from Uber Eats.
  • The partnership comes after years of demands on social media for Chicken Licken, delivered.
  • We've known there were "talks" between the two companies since April.
  • This week we could, for the first time, avoid having to cross the road for our Chicken Licken.
  • Visit Business Insider South Africa's homepage for more stories.

Chicken Licken is finally available on Uber Eats.

Fans have demanded such a partnership for years, and in April we finally learnt that talks were underway. But there were no specifics to be had.

Then, on Tuesday, the prayers for to-your-door Chicken Licken were finally answered: locals in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Midrand, Durban, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein can place orders right now.

“Given the social outcry for Chicken Licken to offer a delivery service, we are taking a step in the right direction of addressing our customers craving and in so doing, partnering with Uber Eats," said Chicken Licken's Chantal Sombonos-Van Tonder in a statement.

We could not contain our excitement at our full serving of 24 wings delivered from right across the street for us. (This is not Bombi Mavundza in the photo) Bombi Mavundza/Business Insider

Business Insider South Africa's office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is across the road from a Chicken Licken outlet. But on Tuesday we managed to avoid the winter chill, and 500 metre walk, by ordering via Uber Eats.

The Uber Eats app promised our order would be delivered to our 'door' (our reception desk, in this case), in 5 to 15 minutes.

Uber Eats, Chicken Licken
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After completing our order at 11:04, the app initially showed that our order would be ready by 11:35, a rather more disappointing 31 minutes.

Uber Eats, Chicken Licken
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Only a short while later, however, our order was collected, with an estimated delivery time of 11:12 – at 8 minutes flat, faster than we could cross the road to the next-door mall, queue, order, and collect ourselves.

Uber Eats, Chicken Licken
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Only realising moments later that the app had not specified Media24's building as an address, but a building next to it, we had to send a quick text explaining where our driver should deliver. He promptly replied that he was already walking towards our parent company's reception.

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Our friendly delivery man, Paul, as promised on the app, brought our meal to our "door". Bombi Mavundza/ Business Insider South Africa

In the end our order arrived in exactly 15 minutes, as originally promised – and we counted our R10 delivery fee well spent.

Chicken Licken delivery is currently exclusive to Uber Eats, and at launch available only from selected stores.

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