Taco Bell’s answer to the chicken sandwich wars has arrived

The house of Doritos Locos Tacos and the mystifying Crunchwrap Supreme is scaling back the theatrics with Crispy Tortilla Chicken — aka, chicken strips breaded with jalapeno buttermilk and tortilla chips. By Taco Bell standards, this dish might even be considered pedestrian.
Is a taco a sandwich? Because Taco Bell seems to have entered the chicken sandwich competition with its own fried chicken vehicle.

Notably one of the few menu items without “supreme” in the title, the strips can be enjoyed rolled up in a soft taco or dunked heartily into some dip, the chain says. You won’t find any buttered brioche buns at this establishment.

The spicy strips may not pose an immediate threat to Popeyes’ now legendary chicken sandwich.

They’re rolling out at Taco Bells in Dayton, Ohio, and Houston before declaring worldwide domination.

Will Crispy Tortilla Chicken inspire the same fanfare as its chicken sandwich competitors? It’s too soon to say. But with a starting price of $1.99 for the taco version, at least any long waits in line won’t cost much.

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