Ever since Popeyes launched its insanely popular chicken sandwich, spicy fried chicken has been at the forefront of the fast-food wars. This fall, it looks like the battle will continue — but it will be a lot smaller.
On Aug. 25, McDonald's announced that its signature Chicken McNuggets are getting a spicy makeover on Wednesday, marking the first time the chain has released a flavored edition of the fried chicken bites.
“As our customers have been asking for Spicy McNuggets for some time now, we couldn’t think of a better time to bring them to our menus," said Linda VanGosen, McDonald's vice president of menu innovation, in a statement to media."We can’t wait for McNuggets fans to get a taste of these new spicy options.”
McDonald's is celebrating this spicy release in a big way. For one day only on Wednesday, it'll be offering a "Spicesurance" buy one, get one deal that will cover all fans' orders of Spicy Chicken McNuggets — no matter where their taste buds fall on the spice spectrum.
To score some free nuggets, download the McDonald's App and choose one of two options with a 6-piece Spicy Chicken McNuggets order: either six more Spicy Chicken McNuggets or six extra classic Chicken McNuggets — an ideal sharing option for a spice lover and someone who can't handle the heat.
McNuggets were originally launched in the U.S. in 1983, nearly 40 years ago. In 2003, McDonald's stopped using dark meat and other parts of the chicken in its meat mixture and now the nuggets are made with 100% white meat.
The latest iteration of a box of McNuggets will feature the familiar chicken pieces that are deep fried with a tempura coating made with cayenne and chili peppers.
To kick things up even more, the nuggets will be released with a new dipping sauce. The Mighty Hot Sauce is a blend of crushed red peppers and spicy chilis. It’s also McDonald’s first dipping sauce release since 2017, when the chain's Szechuan sauce made a comeback.
Of course, it can’t be ignored that Wendy’s already has some pretty popular spicy chicken nuggets on its menu, so Twitter has been buzzing about the nugget battle.
Some people think McDonald's is just trying too hard.
If things get too hot, McDonald's is offering up a new McFlurry, too. The chain will soon be blending Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies into its signature soft serve for a new McFlurry.
Both new items will be available nationwide starting Wednesday.
EDITOR'S NOTE (Sept. 16, 2020, 10:04 a.m. EST): This article has been updated to include new information about McDonald's Spicy Chicken McNuggets release.