McDonald’s debuts new Spicy Chicken McNuggets, first new flavor in nearly 40 years

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McDonald’s introduced the Chicken McNugget in 1983, and the recipe hadn’t changed since, until now. On Tuesday, the fast-food giant announced it would be offering a spicy version of its iconic menu item.

Spicy Chicken McNuggets will hit U.S. restaurants on September 16, for a limited time and will be accompanied by a new sauce, called Mighty Hot Sauce. The new McNuggets have a breaded tempura coating of cayenne and chili peppers, according to a press release from the fast food company.

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“This is the first time we’ve introduced a new flavor of our classic Chicken McNuggets in the US since they came to menus in 1983,” Linda VanGosen, McDonald’s vice president of menu innovation, said in a statement. “As our customers have been asking for Spicy McNuggets for some time now, we couldn’t think of a better time to bring them to our menus.”

According to Business Insider, the spicy nuggets come at a time when the chicken business is booming in America. While many restaurants saw sales fall during the coronavirus pandemic, chicken chains such as Popeyes and Chick-fil-A have experienced a significant amount of growth.

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In addition to the spicy nuggets, McDonald’s is also debuting a new Chips Ahoy! McFlurry in mid-September. According to the chain, the McFlurry will feature vanilla soft-serve ice cream, caramel topping and cookies.

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