SOUTHAMPTON residents have the chance to grab a free bucket of Japanese friend chicken today.

Chicken-hungry Brits can grab free Japanese Fried Chicken this week simply by taking an empty chicken bucket to any YO! across the UK, as it embraces the Japanese tradition of eating fried chicken over the festive period.

With one restaurant based in Westquay, Southampton residents are in with a chance.

Over 3.6 million buckets of fried chicken are consumed in Japan each Christmas which has prompted YO! to switch up its offering.

The YO! Bucket Exchange rewards hungry customers who bring an empty bucket to one of 50 participating YO! restaurants, delivering a free refill of a much tastier alternative – JFC.

Designed to celebrate the launch of YO!’s new festive menu, 2,000 buckets of fried chicken are available for free today, November 25.

The JFC Bucket includes delicious chicken tenders which are brined in buttermilk and fried in a secret YO! spiced flour before being sprinkled with nori tinsel.

The bucket (£14.95 or £29.50 for two people) is served alongside Korean wings, crunchy slaw, YO! fries, and the choice of miso corn on the cob or teriyaki BBQ beans and of course, a pot of katsu curry sauce.