More than a year after it was initially tested, you can now get a taco with a shell made out of fried chicken at Taco Bells across the U.S. What a wonderful world we live in.
Taco Bell announced Wednesday that it’s introducing what’s now called the Naked Chicken Chalupa to stores everywhere starting on January 26. The shell is made of marinated, fried white-meat chicken with Mexican spices and seasoning. And the inside includes lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and creamy avocado ranch.
An executive at Taco Bell couldn’t help but include every single chicken pun in one statement. « Something this delicious yet different is bound to ruffle some feathers; some might even cluck their tongues at it, » Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing Officer, said. On its own, the Naked Chicken Chalupa will go for $2.99, or you can get it in a $5 box alongside a Doritos Locos Taco, a regular crunch taco, and a medium drink.
Photos of the crispy taco hybrid were floating around Twitter in 2015, when the menu item was being tested at two Taco Bell locations in California, according to food website Foodbeast .
The fast-food chain is no stranger to experimenting with its taco shells. In 2012, it introduced the Doritos Locos tacos, where the shells are made of Doritos. People went nuts for them, and they proved to be a blockbuster success for the company.
But the Naked Crispy Chicken Taco is actually more reminiscent of KFC’s Double Down sandwich and hot dog, which replaces the bun with fried chicken. For that reason, it might come as no surprise that KFC and Taco Bell are owned by the same parent company, Yum Brands.
This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated with the announcement that this deliciousness is now available nationwide.