Taco Bell has a knack for taking a simple, universally beloved food item and transforming it into something even better. Take, for example, the Doritos Locos Taco: the ubiquitous crunchy Taco at Taco Bell truly benefited from a generous dusting of Nacho Cheese Doritos powder. Now, it looks like Taco Bell is enhancing yet another popular fast food menu item with the launch of its first-ever fried chicken tenders.
Fried chicken. At Taco Bell. Really. The all-new menu item is dubbed Crispy Tortilla Chicken, and you can guess why. The tenders feature all-white meat chicken that's been marinaded in jalapeño-infused buttermilk and dredged in crunchy crushed tortilla chips, then fried, a spokesperson for the chain told Thrillist. In other words, T-Bell is putting a slight, Mexican-inspired twist on classic chicken tenders -- just like it did with Nacho Fries, its unique take on French fries. They're an instant game changer.
The Crispy Tortilla Chicken can be ordered two ways: As a box of tenders served with a new (and nameless) signature dipping sauce, or tucked in the confines of a plushy soft taco with toppings like lettuce, cheese, and diced tomatoes.