- McDonald’s plans to launch a spicy chicken sandwich and spicy chicken tenders in mid-September, according to internal documents shared with Business Insider.
- The fast-food giant has lacked spicy chicken options in recent years, even as heat-loving fans have begged for options like the Hot ‘N Spicy, which is no longer on the national menu in the US.
- Spicy chicken is sweeping fast food, with Wendy’s bringing back its beloved spicy nuggets and Chick-fil-A testing an item called Spicy Chick-n-Strips.
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Spicy chicken is taking over fast food.
McDonald’s is planning to launch two new items, the Spicy BBQ Sandwich and Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders, in mid-September, according to leaked documents shared with Business Insider.
The new menu items are variations on the chain’s buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich and buttermilk crispy tenders, taking the chicken and adding a Southwestern sauce with a hint of jalapeños.
The new menu items are intended to boost short-term sales and traffic at McDonald’s, according to the documents.
“Hold tight, because McDonald’s is bringing the heat starting in September,” a McDonald’s representative said in an email to Business Insider.
McDonald’s has been lacking in the spicy-chicken category in recent years.
In 2006, McDonald’s pulled its Hot ‘N Spicy chicken sandwich from menus, acknowledging that the sandwich was perhaps too spicy for customers’ tastes. McDonald’s debuted a revamped version of the sandwich in 2013, but it didn’t stay on the national menu in the US for long.
In 2015, Hot ‘N Spicy fans started a Change.org petition calling for the fast-food giant to bring back the sandwich. One McDonald’s employee told Business Insider he got requests for spicy chicken sandwiches as many as 10 times a day.
“This sandwich was a staple in my life,” wrote one of the more than 300 people who signed the Change.org petition. “I miss it so much. I tried to order one today and they didn’t have it, and I almost cried.”
A craving for spicy chicken is sweeping fast food. Wendy’s is bringing back its beloved spicy nuggets in August. And Chick-fil-A is testing an item called Spicy Chick-n-Strips, with the chain promising more spicy menu options in the future.
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