Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
King Chicken's first (and as of now, only) appearance in the series was in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. He was introduced as a playable character in the Neon Circus Grand Prix. He can be unlocked in Adventure Mode after collecting five golden eggs hidden in each area and bringing them to a mysterious door near the Tiger Temple warp pad in The Lost Ruins.
Driving Style: Drift
King Chicken seems little more than an average, non-mutated chicken. He doesn't show many signs of sapience, flapping his wings and looking around, seemingly bewildered while driving. Both his victory and loss podium animations are identical, showing him pecking at a pile of seed on the podium, indifferent to whether he was victorious or not.
However, his vocal responses to certain events indicate that he's somewhat aware of his surroundings, as his clucking can sound happy when winning or sad when losing. Similar to Penta Penguin, he's shown to have a sinister side, as when he uses an item, he clucks in a rather mischievous or sinister tone.
His status as a king or ruler of any kind is dubious at best. His origins are shown during the CTR TV intro for the Neon Circus, where Stew is seen putting a crown on a regular chicken in the recording studio, implying he's a little more than an average rooster.
King Chicken is a white chicken with a crown on his head to distinguish himself from other chickens. The crown itself is bronze in color and has three red diamond-shaped rubies in the middle. He has large, brown, bulging eyes which look off in different directions, a blunt orange beak, and black claws on his feet.
- King Chicken is one of the three characters to have Drift as its default Driving Style in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
- King Chicken and the Iron Checkpoint Crate are the only characters capable of using all five invincibility masks, including Apo-Apo.
- Nina Cortex's Rustland skin in Nitro-Fueled features a backpack shaped like King Chicken.