Rumors have been swirling since November of 2019 that Taco Bell was jumping both feet first into the fast-food fried chicken game. Houston, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio were the test markets for the new crispy tortilla chicken tender, available at that time in either a taco or a couple of tenders to an order.
What’s in the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco?
This is the official description of the chicken from the Taco Bell website:
We took crispy, white-meat chicken. Marinated it in jalapeño buttermilk. Seasoned it with bold Mexican spices. Rolled it in a crunchy, tortilla-chip coating. Topped it with creamy chipotle sauce. And put it inside a puffy flatbread shell because we could. Thus, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco was born.
There is also a spicy version. The only difference between the crispy and spicy crispy is the addition of jalapeños. As of this writing, both are only available for a limited time.
The Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco is Here!
During everyone’s lost year of 2020, the tenders and taco were making test appearances in Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee. On March 11, 2021, my bud the endorsement was able to try the Cripy Chicken Sandwich Taco.
He seemed to enjoy them but felt that they were too expensive at the $2.49 price point.
What did I think about the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco?
I was checking out the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco on the Taco Bell website I realize they were only $1.49 each if you order them there. Since I was about to head over to my parent’s house, I figured that two of each would suffice.
When the employee in the drive-thru window handed over the bag, I couldn’t believe how light it felt. I had to double-check what was inside. Nope, nothing missing.
The only difference, I mentioned earlier is the jalapeños which added extra crunch and heat to the crispy tenders. The “bun” is fluffy but doesn’t add much to the flavor department.
I enjoyed the chicken tender itself, and the breading was great. The chipotle sauce was the right choice. I can’t help but think that the overall package is missing something; maybe a slaw of some kind.
I’d also be totally okay if Taco Bell went back to the original idea of just the tenders with a dipping sauce. But then it wouldn’t be a chicken sandwich which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.