How Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Came to Be
You'll never guess the strange backstory.
Once upon a time, in a land before Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets, the Atlanta-based eatery offered its famed original chicken sandwich. Believe it or not, that much-adored sandwich actually inspired the fast food chain to create their now-popular nuggets.
"It all started in the early 1980s when Chick-fil-A customers craved the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich so much so that they began to ask restaurant Operators to cut bite-sized portions to eat by hand or serve at parties. The trend gained momentum, and in 1982, Chick-fil-A introduced the nugget as a six-count menu option," writes Emily Allman on Chick-fil-A's blog, The Chicken Wire. Those '80s poultry fans sure were onto something.
“We are still serving the same delicious nuggets today that we started with,” said Shona Jonson, senior manager of culinary, product strategy and development at Chick-fil-A, in the same article.
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It wasn't until two years later, in 1984, that Chick-fil-A introduced three sauces to accompany the nuggets: Honey Mustard, Barbeque, and Polynesian. In 2006, the brand introduced Chick-fil-A sauce to its lineup, which quickly became a customer favorite. Customers nuggets' obsession is showing no signs of slowing down at The Chick. This fall, they introduced 30-count nuggets to their menu, nationwide. Speaking of which...BRB.