Taco Bell's newest innovation: A fried chicken taco shell

Posted at 1:28 PM, Jan 11, 2017

It’s not easy to top a taco shell made of Doritos, but Taco Bell appears to have outdone itself.

On Wednesday, the restaurant chain announced it would begin selling a taco with a shell made out of fried chicken later this month.

The Naked Chicken Chalupa — a taco-shell shaped piece of fried chicken filled with avocado ranch sauce, lettuce, cheese and tomato — will debut on Jan. 26.

The item will cost $2.99. According to Bloomberg, the item could be added to Taco Bell’s menu permanently if it does well.



Taco Bell originally tested the fried chicken taco at Bakersfield, California restaurants in September 2015, and in Kansas locations in April 2016.

Yum! Brands, Taco Bell’s parent company, has taken fried chicken to daring places in the past. In 2010, KFC debuted the “Double Down,” a sandwich with bacon, cheese and mayo sandwiched between two fried chicken “buns.”

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.