Chicken sandwiches continue to dominate recent restaurant launches.
Wendy’s is serving a spicy new sandwich and a spicy new salad inspired by jalapeño poppers.
The Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich features a spicy chicken fillet with creamy jalapeño cream cheese, six slices of jalapeños, three strips of applewood smoked bacon, warm cheddar cheese and shredded pepper jack cheese on a toasted bun.
The Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad includes chunks of spicy chicken fillet, bacon, jalapeños, applewood smoked bacon, diced tomatoes, and crispy jalapeño and cheddar croutons on a bed of romaine and spring mix lettuce blend with creamy jalapeño ranch dressing.
Burger King is planning to launch a new Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich later this year after working on the recipe since 2019 and testing it since September 2020. Restaurants will offer both original and spicy versions with a thick-cut white meat chicken breast that is freshly breaded by hand served on a potato bun with deli pickles, signature sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomato.
Pollo Campero is debuting its new Chicken Sandwich, available in both fried and grilled versions. The fried chicken sandwich features a fried chicken fillet, thick sweet pickles and a brioche bun. The grilled chicken sandwich features a grilled chicken fillet prepared with Pollo Campero’s proprietary seasonings.
Pollo Tropical is teaming up with the Miami Heat to launch the new HEAT Lineup, featuring two new sandwiches.
The Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the latest addition to the brand’s Cuban Pressed Sandwich lineup, included breaded crispy chicken served on a Cuban roll with Swiss cheese, potato sticks, mayo and a new Spicy HEAT Sauce.
The Tostón Sandwich features crispy chicken, Swiss cheese and Signature Spicy HEAT Sauce layered between two tostones.
Popeyes’ new Cajun Flounder Sandwich includes a fried flounder fillet seasoned with Cajun seasoning served atop a toasted brioche bun with barrel cured pickles and tartar sauce.
Golden Chick is debuting a trio of new seafood offerings for Lent.
The Hand-Battered Cod Sandwich is made with a battered and fried Alaska cod fillet topped with tartar sauce, five pickles chips and coleslaw on a brioche bun.
The Hand-Battered Cod Fillet Combo features two battered and fried cod fillets with a choice of two sides, a roll, tartar sauce and a 30-oz drink.
The Crispy & Crunchy Cod & Shrimp Combo includes a battered and fried cod fillet and three fried butterfly shrimp plus two sides, a roll, cocktail and tartar sauces and a 30-oz drink.
Quiznos is launching the Old Bay Lobster Club, featuring lobster and seafood salad with Old Bay Seasoning, bacon, lettuce and tomato on a butter-toasted roll with spicy mayonnaise flavored with Old Bay Hot Sauce. The sandwich is made primarily with lobster but also includes Alaskan pollock.
Del Taco is adding a new seafood taco and burrito to its menu for the Lenten season.
The Honey Mango Crispy Jumbo Shrimp Taco includes crispy jumbo shrimp, honey mango sauce, shredded cabbage and pico de gallo wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.
The Epic Crispy Fish & Guac Burrito features crispy beer battered Alaska Pollock, romaine and iceberg lettuce, guacamole, diced tomatoes, crispy tortilla strips and creamy avocado Caesar dressing wrapped in a warm, oversized flour tortilla.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is introducing the Queso Shrimpico Taco, featuring queso on tempura or grilled shrimp, corn pico, garlic sauce and feta on a flour tortilla.
Coolgreens is adding a new bowl and a new salad it to its menu.
The Miso Power Bowl contains spinach, carrots, farro, eggs, sesame seeds, roasted broccoli, crunchy noodles, edamame and cilantro all topped with marinated tofu and miso ginger vinaigrette. The bowl is dairy-free and vegetarian.
The Kale Caesar Salad — a twist on the classic Caesar salad — features kale, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, croutons, Parmesan cheese and eggless Caesar dressing.
BIBIBOP Asian Grill is introducing Cauliflower Rice, featuring cauliflower tossed with kale and carrots in a mixture of tamari sauce, ginger, garlic, salt and sesame oil. The offering is gluten-free and vegan and contains 70 calories and 4 net carbs per serving.
“We focused on fried rice for our flavor inspiration,” said Colleen Rose, research and development manager for BIBIBOP. “Fried rice comes up often when we do guest surveys, so we took this opportunity to use a familiar flavor to connect Cauliflower Rice to a broader audience- not just the ‘low carb’ crowd.”