A variety of Spicy Chicken menu items are expected to arrive at McDonald's later this year.
The fast-food chain plans on launching a Spicy BBQ Sandwich and Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders in mid-September, according to leaked documents obtained by Business Insider. "Hold tight, because McDonald's is bringing the heat starting in September," a McDonald's representative told Business Insider in an email.
This joins a spicy movement from peers. Chick-fil-A began testing a spicy chicken sandwich in January and Spicy Chick-n-Strips in May. Last year Burger King unveiled the new Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich with the help of fighter, Conor McGregor.
McDonald’s hasn't followed suit.
Spicy chicken’s presence on the menu has had a rocky journey over the past decade. McDonald’s removed its Hot ‘N Spicy chicken sandwich in 2006 after lukewarm sales. At the time, McDonald’s acknowledged it didn’t have the right spice blend and it was a little too hot for customers, the Chicago Tribune reported.
McDonald’s tried to roll out a refreshed version of the sandwich in 2013 on the Dollar Menu, but it didn't resonate once again.
Since a Change.org petition emerged in 2015, fans have been calling for McDonald’s to bring back some version of spicy chicken to the menu.
McDonald’s answer to spicy chicken will come in the form of spicy barbecue. “The new menu items are variations on the chain's buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich and buttermilk crispy tenders, taking the chicken and adding a Southwestern sauce with a hint of jalapeños,” reported Business Insider.
While it’s uncertain whether a regular spicy chicken sandwich is in development, fans appear at least to be getting some version after four years of asking.