Chick-fil-A might some spice to its menu soon by way of spicy chicken strips.
According to Business Insider, the restaurant chain is testing spicy chicken strips on the menu in select locations: Phoenix, Arizona; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Waco, Texas; and South Texas.
The Spicy Chick-n-Strips is a combination between the chain’s original chicken strips with the Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The sales performance of the Spicy Chick-n-Strips will determine whether the menu item goes national.
Amanda Norris, the executive director of Chick-fil-A’s menu, says the spicy strips have been selling well so far. Norris believes there is a certain level of pent-up demand for the spicy strips, especially as people’s preferences shift towards spicier options.
“Spicy is certainly a trend, but we don’t think it’s going anywhere,” Norris recently told Business Insider. “We only see it growing — just looking at just what we sell in our spicy sandwich,” Norris continued. “So, I think you’re going to see Chick-fil-A do more with spicy.”
According to Norris, it typically takes about 18 to 24 months for a new menu item to go from a spark of inspiration to being served in stores.