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Taco Bell has fried chicken, and here's what they're doing with it

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Mike Gebert

It's no secret that Taco Bell and KFC are owned by the same parent company, but like so many siblings, sharing hasn't been their strong point. UNTIL NOW. Taco Bell has begun rolling out a new menu of crispy chicken items, and putting its own edgy twist on them, since it totally doesn't want to do exactly what the Colonel is doing. Here's what you need to know about the new stuff.

For its chicken, T-Bell is using a tortilla-based breading rather than the traditional flour-based Original Recipe used by KFC. They've got a lineup of new Crunchwraps called Crispy Chicken Chickstars ($3.99), which are available in Mango BBQ, Buffalo, and Bacon Ranch varieties. Then there are the Crispy Chicken GoStrips ($1.69) -- essentially chicken tenders inside tortillas with sauce. They come in four flavors: Spicy Ranch, Mango BBQ, Buffalo, and Jalapeño Honey.

The new crispy chicken can also be added to some of your favorite T-Bell menu items -- you can get it in quesadillas, soft tacos, salads, or in a biscuit taco with jalapeño honey or gravy. For now, they're only available in certain markets for a limited time, but will hopefully be shared with the rest of us in the near future.

Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and really hopes KFC starts serving Double Down Tacos. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.