There's a certain devastation when a fast food restaurant discontinues a top notch menu item. Such a tragedy was felt when Chick-Fil-A got rid of its Spicy Chicken Biscuit, and doubled when Wendy's Spicy Nuggets suddenly disappeared.
While those items are sorely missed, Jack In The Box is jumping in to rub some Vicks on our broken hearts with their new Spicy Chicken Tenders.
Can they fully replace the other spicy favorites? Probably not, but they are delicious in their own right, and hopefully stick around longer than your ex did.
Jack's selling them in three and five-piece combos starting at $4.99.
Early feedback seems pretty positive, so far, as eaters have been digging the new spicy tenders:
Order the spicy chicken tenders from Jack In The Box, thank me later....— BRI? (@brattybriannaa) May 3, 2019
Dude., them spicy tenders Jack got right now >>> ???— i be like . . . (@OuttaCAwithLove) May 2, 2019
A week ago my mom got me spicy chicken tenders from Jack In The Box, and it tastes like the Nashville hot crispy chicken sandwich without the bun and pickles. Literally my newest favorite side item from the restaurant.?— MaryAnn Kristine (@maryann2573) May 1, 2019
I gave them a shot myself, and I'm willing to co-sign these strips.
Having a fairly high tolerance for spicy, I wasn't expecting these to light my mouth on fire, and they didn't. That's not a knock, though.
On a heat scale, they're probably about three notches above "white people spicy," and maybe a notch below continuously eating a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
Mine didn't have a crunch to them, but they also had to endure a 10 minute walk back to the Foodbeast office.
Jack is also positioning the strips as "Bigger, bolder and batter," and they did seem to have some girth to them. Don't expect them to be big enough to be used as a weapon, but they're a decent size as far as strips go.
While our hearts will always yearn for the chicken of spicy past, these can fill the void quite admirably.