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Chick-fil-A tests 2 spicy chicken menu items as fast food chicken battle heats up

The beloved chicken chain is rolling out spicy chicken tenders and a spicy grilled chicken sandwich at select locations across the country.
/ Source: TODAY

Just a few weeks ago, many of us were crying in our cubicles about the loss of chicken salad sandwiches at Chick-fil-A. At the time, we hoped that meant some room was being made for more awesomeness to come.

Turns out, we were right!

This week, Chick-fil-A announced two new spicy menu items: Spicy Chick-n-Strips and a Grilled Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich.

Courtesy Chick-fil-A

“We’ve heard from our customers how much they love our current spicy menu offerings, so we’re really excited to give them even more spicy flavor options to enjoy,” Kanika Patrick, Chick-fil-A’s manager of menu development, stated in a press release.

The Spicy Chick-n-Strips are based on the same recipe as the chain's original Chick-n-Strips, except these will be “seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers.”

The new Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich is marinated in a “spicy seasoning” and there’s also a new Cilantro Lime sauce that comes slathered on the sandwich. Or, like any of the chain's countless sauces, it can be used for nugget and strip dipping.

Courtesy Chick-fil-A

Unfortunately, Chick-fil-A fans won't be able get these spiced-up new menu items at all locations. The Spicy Chick-n-Strips are only available in Central Texas, South Texas and Philadelphia, while the Grilled Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich is available in St. Louis, Orlando, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee.

However, if things go well, we may be seeing both menu items in more places soon.

“We hope our guests in the test cities will try the new Spicy Chick-n-Strips and Grilled Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich and let us know what they think," said Patrick, adding that "their feedback will help us determine whether or not we will roll out the new entrees nationwide in the future."

While Chick-fil-A toys with spicing up its menu, other fast food giants are playing hot, as well.

Burger King just launched their very own spicy nuggets nationwide and things certainly got fiery over McDonald's limited-edition Szechuan dipping sauce that paired with their new chicken tenders.