Chick-fil-A is testing a new maple pepper bacon sandwich in the Indianapolis and Lexington, Kentucky, markets for a limited time. The sandwich is made with a lemon herb marinated boneless chicken breast and topped with pepper jack cheese, lettuce and bacon tossed in a brown sugar and pepper blend. It is served on a buttered and toasted maple-flavored brioche bun.
"Throughout my childhood, I always loved maple syrup, so I was thrilled to incorporate it into our newest chicken entrée, the Maple Pepper Bacon Sandwich. The sweetness of the maple syrup complements the smoky flavors of the grilled chicken and the hint of spice from the pepper jack cheese and pickles," Christy Cook, Chick-fil-A chef, said in a statement
The test comes about a month after Chick-fil-A’s cauliflower sandwich test ended in the Denver, Charleston, South Carolina, and Greensboro-Triad, North Carolina, regions. It also comes as restaurant companies continue to iterate their chicken sandwich offerings after several years of intense competition in the category. Popeyes just introduced a blackened chicken sandwich, for instance, while KFC is testing an ultimate BBQ chicken sandwich and a spicy slaw chicken sandwich. Also, in March, McDonald’s rebranded its chicken sandwich platform to the McCrispy.
Breakfast gets a boost
Chick-fil-A also announced the chainwide expansion of its spicy chicken biscuit, starting at $3.79. The biscuit was rolled off the menu in 2016 to make room for new offerings, but starting June 12, it will be available permanently on breakfast menus across the country.
The offering includes a breakfast portion of boneless chicken breast seasoned with a spicy blend and served on a buttermilk biscuit. According to a company blog, biscuits take longer to make than any other Chick-fil-A item and team members often begin the process at 5:30 a.m. to make sure they’re ready for the 6 a.m.-to-10:30 a.m. daypart.
Finally, and also starting June 12, Chick-fil-A’s signature peach milkshake will return for a limited time, starting at $4.59. Peach milkshakes include the brand’s Icedream dessert and peaches and are topped with whipped cream and a cherry. The product was first introduced in 2009 after more than 15 iterations.
And, new this year, the brand is introducing a White Peach Sunjoy, starting at $2.45. The White Peach Sunjoy combines Chick-fil-A’s Sunjoy beverage – a lemonade and sweetened iced tea blend – with peach flavors. Also new is the white peach lemonade, starting at $2.45; the frosted white peach lemonade, starting at $4.49; and the white peach iced tea, starting at $2.09.
"With each passing year, our peach milkshake's loyal followers eagerly await its annual comeback. Its arrival signifies the beginning of summer at Chick-fil-A, and this year, the excitement from our fans has inspired us to expand our peach offerings," Leslie Neslage, director of menu and packaging, said in a statement.
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