Popeye's chicken is far better than KFC, but if you're opposed to fried chicken, you could also try their fried shrimp. On the biscuit front, the problem may be the spread rather than the biscuit. McDonald's saw a significant improvement in their biscuit sales as a direct result of switching to real butter a few years back.
There's a Popeye's that's sorta-close (15 minute drive, depending on traffic) and both the chicken and the biscuits are top-notch. Thing is, to get there you have to drive past Chick-Fil-A, and I can't pass up their waffle fries, and the chicken is just as good IMO.
One thing I've noticed about KFC is they have a habit of over preping chicken and shoving it into heating cabinets. It ends up tasting like old junk most of the time.
By contrast half the time I go to Popeyes I have to wait for fresh chicken which tastes amazing.
I've been noticing restraunts making an attempt to improve the consistency and quality of what's stole by improving the processes and reducing heat lamp time and so on.
My wife's sister-in-law is store manager at a local KFC and what you're talking about is apparently some sort of corporate policy. Fried chicken just takes too long to cook fresh, and if they run out it can take 20 minutes before they have it in stock again, and that's like half a lunch rush. As a result, they have to stockpile it. There's way too much money at stake to give you fresh food, weirdly enough.