Chalk it up to the current fast food “Battle of the Chicken Sandwich.” The new year is bringing some changes at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country, mostly affecting the breakfast menu, with additional spicy shake ups and tweaks to some other menu staples. Some of the changes were initially announced in January 2020 for Charlotte and certain Arizona test markets. But the beloved chicken sandwich franchise has now made some of these menu modifications official nationwide, calling them “a little bit simpler and a whole lot spicier.”
The biggest changes for Chick-fil-A breakfast fans include the “long-term elimination” of the sunflower multigrain bagels, and decaf coffee from the national menu later this spring, according to company officials. These changes, along with the removal of the sausage and egg biscuit, side salads, the Grilled Cool Wrap and Original Chick-n-Strips took effect in the Charlotte market last year.
In a press statement regarding the changes, officials said, “Streamlining our menu will allow for us to continue providing our customers the quality food and service they’ve come to expect, as well as make room for new future menu items.”
Spicy Chick-n-Strips (replacing the Original Chick-n-Strips), a Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, and a Spicy Chick-n-Strips Biscuit will all join the regional menu in North Carolina.
Chick-fil-A also announced that there will be some downsizing of regular menu items. The chicken nuggets kid’s meal will only be offered as a five-count (an average of the current options of four or six nuggets) and catering trays will only be available in the medium size. Milkshakes, iced coffees and frosted beverages will all be served in 16-ounce, clear cups — a departure from styrofoam.
Regarding the new menu direction, and specifically the addition of the new line of Spicy Chicken offerings, Leslie Neslage, director of menu and packaging at Chick-fil-A said, “We know guests are looking to add more variety to their meals, especially after a year where new food experiences were limited.”