6 Popular Items Scrapped from Chick-fil-A's New Menu

The Charlotte area will get a taste of the chicken giant's spicy new lineup next week.

Hold onto your chicken strips, y'all—Chick-fil-A is kicking off 2020 with a rare menu shakeup.

The Atlanta-based chicken chain recently announced that it will start testing a "modified menu" that's "a little bit simpler and a whole lot spicier" at some Charlotte-area and Arizona restaurants beginning on January 13.

As such, Chick-fil-A will be removing six popular items to make for room for Spicy Chick-n-Strips, the Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, and the Spicy Chick-n-Strips Biscuit at select locations. Menu casualties include the Original Chick-n-Strips, the Grilled Cool Wrap, breakfast sausage, the Sunflower Multigrain Bagel, the side salad, and the decaf coffee. Additionally, other items will now only be offered in one size. Nuggets Kid's Meals will be limited to a 5-count, for example, and coffee will only be available in size small. (Click here for more information.)

Chick-fil-A Spicy Test Menu
Chick-fil-A

But why?

According to the chain, the changes are being made to prioritize quality over quantity, though there's speculation that the chicken giant is feeling the heat from its competitors.

That would certainly make sense. It was just a few months ago that the incredible success of the Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich sent ripples through the fast food industry, threatening Chick-fil-A's dominance in the poultry realm for the first time ever.

There's no denying that the chicken game has gotten more competitive. Even McDonalds is said to be itching for its own cult chicken sandwich. Though Chick-fil-A reigns as the third-biggest fast food chain in the U.S., nobody would be surprised if they're feeling a little bit worried.

Americans are now eating far more chicken than beef (35 pounds a year more each), and they like it spicy. Chick-fil-A, as always, just wants to give the people what they want.

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