CNN describes the new menu item as an “all-white piece of chicken ... marinated in jalapeño buttermilk and fried with a crunchy tortilla chip coating, served in a puffy bread that’s shaped as a taco (and) topped in a creamy chipotle sauce.”
The latest chain to come up with a chicken sandwich is ... Taco Bell?— Jonathan Maze (@jonathanmaze) February 22, 2021
The chain apparently plans to introduce a "Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco" this year. The sandwich, wrapped taco-like, will be available next month in Nashville and Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/UhvE8lEK1x
So, is it a sandwich or a taco?
According to a Taco Bell press release (via Fox News), it’s both a taco and and a sandwich, and “it doesn’t have to explain itself to be this delicious.”
According to Food & Wine, the new menu item will be sold in both regular and spicy versions, with the spicy variant adding on “crunchy jalapeño slices for those who can take the heat.”
When will it be released?
Taco Bell will be serving the new menu items exclusively at participating restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina, starting on March 11, according to CNN. The fast-food chain has a nationwide rollout planned for later this year, though no specific date has been confirmed. According to the site, Crispy Chicken Sandwich Tacos will sell for $2.49 a pop.
The state of the ‘chicken sandwich wars’
The news of Taco Bell’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich Tacos comes days after Wendy’s announced it’s new spicy chicken sandwich, as previously reported by the Deseret News.
And there’s still more to come. According to Food & Wine, Taco Bell revealed in a press release that the Crispy Chicken Taco Sandwich “isn’t (the chain’s) only crispy chicken innovation arriving in 2021.”