Starting today, you can finally get your greasy fingers on Shake Shack's new fried chicken sandwich, the Chick'n Shack, at the better burger chain's locations nationwide. So, uh, cancel all your damn lunch plans and get in line, guys.
The sandwich -- consisting of a fried, antibiotic-free chicken breast, lettuce, pickles, and buttermilk herb mayo on a bun -- is now officially on the menu at every Shake Shack in the U.S., except for NYC's Theater District Shack (for now), JFK Airport Shacks, and stadium Shacks, according to a press release. And for the first time, Shake Shack is now offering Louisiana hot sauce for those looking to add some heat to all that crispy fried greasiness.
With the limited debut of the Chick'n Shack last July, Brooklyn has been the envy of the Shake Shack-eating world with fans and media (including Thrillist) often asking the company when the sandwich would roll out nationwide. In a statement, Shake Shack Culinary Director Mark Rosati said they wanted to make sure it was just right before bringing it to a wider release.
"It wasn’t until we found the chicken sandwich to be as flavorful as our ShackBurger® that we knew we’d crafted something special that had earned its place on the menu," he said. "Since we introduced the Chick’n Shack in Brooklyn, guests have been asking us to bring it to all Shacks, and we couldn’t be more excited to finally do so.” Interestingly, it appears that Shake Shack slightly altered the name of sandwich, having first called it the "ChickenShack" at the time.
For those who haven't been able to get to Brooklyn to try one before today, here's how we described it in our initial taste-test six months ago: "The fried chicken is seasoned and flavorful in all the right ways, beautifully breaded for maximum crispy-crunchiness, and comes resting on a bed of shredded lettuce that smartly prevents the sandwich from sliding apart. The pickles are plentiful and zesty, and the herb mayo greatly exceeds mere condiment status as one of the ChickenShack's best and lasting flavors. If you only eat one of these things, you're not living your best life."
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and really needs more fried chicken sandwiches in his life. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.