McDonald’s to launch new chicken sandwiches in February

There will also be the Crispy Chicken Sandwich with pickles on a toasted, buttered potato roll and a Deluxe Chicken Sandwich, which includes shredded lettuce, Roma tomatoes and mayonnaise.

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Fast-food giant McDonald’s has confirmed it will release three new chicken sandwiches starting Feb. 24, including the Spicy Chicken Sandwich with a spicy pepper sauce.

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Days into the new year and McDonald’s is firing the first shot in a renewed Chicken Sandwich War. Or make that three shots.

The fast-food chain confirmed that it will release three new chicken sandwiches starting Feb. 24,including the Spicy Chicken Sandwich with a spicy pepper sauce.

There will also be the Crispy Chicken Sandwich with pickles on a toasted, buttered potato roll and a Deluxe Chicken Sandwich, which includes shredded lettuce, Roma tomatoes and mayonnaise.

Both Popeyes and Chick-fil-A’s signature chicken sandwiches come with pickles. AfterPopeyes’ debut of its New Orleans-style fried chicken sandwich in August 2019, the chain started a viral Twitter feud with Chick-fil-Aand other restaurants dubbedthe Chicken Sandwich War of 2019.

McDonald’s U.S. franchiseowners, part of theNational Owners Association, said in July 2019,prior to Popeyes sandwich being released, that a new premiumchicken sandwich should be McDonald’s top priority.

In November, McDonald’s USA President Joe Erlinger confirmed that U.S. restaurants wouldintroduce the new Crispy Chicken Sandwich in 2021.Thepremium chicken sandwich was testedinHouston and Knoxville, Tennessee, in late 2019 through late January 2020.

“We believe it’s going to jump-start our chicken journey,build our chicken credentials and get people to start looking at us differently,”Erlinger said in November.”We’re excited about the moves we’re making to meet – and exceed – customer expectations for great-tasting chicken. That is how we will start to build our chicken credibility.”

McDonald’s hastrimmed its menu because of staffing challenges amid thecoronavirus pandemicbut in recent months has made additions includingnew pastry items, limited-time celebrity meals with Travis Scott and J Balvin, and Spicy McNuggets.

In December,McDonald’s brought back its iconic barbecue sandwich,the McRib, for a limited time. It’s the first time since 2012 thatit is available at restaurants nationwide.

McDonald’s also announced in December it haddeveloped theMcPlant, a new plant-based platform, and said tests of the plant-based burger are expected in some markets around the world this year.

Read more at usatoday.com

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