Taco Bell to Replace Taco Shells With Taco Shell-Shaped Fried Chicken Nationwide

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: Taco Bell.)

It took Taco Bell long enough, but the fast-Mexican-food chain has finally improved upon its many improvements to the taco shell.

This time, they did so by replacing the typically corn-based encasement with something everyone loves—fried chicken, conveniently shaped like a taco, and hopefully not as the result of genetically engineered taco shell-shaped chickens.

Seven months after the product was unveiled for testing in Bakersfield, California, Taco Bell has set a national release date for what they call the Naked Chicken Chalupa: January 26. It will cost $2.99.

It feels like just yesterday that Taco Bell first started taking taco shells to the next level by conjuring them out of Doritos chips. But it's been half a decade since that happened.

“Something this delicious yet different is bound to ruffle some feathers; some might even cluck their tongues at it,” said Marisa Thalberg, Taco Bell's chief marketing officer, in a press release. “However, we feel confident that once our fans get a taste of the Naked Chicken Chalupa they are going to understand exactly why this is our next big, fun and craveable innovation, following in the footsteps of the Doritos Locos Tacos five years ago and the Quesalupa just last year.”

Inside the miniature purse of fried chicken (which you can learn to make here) is yet more chicken, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, and creamy avocado ranch.

This is yet another installment of Taco Bell's "replace food-carrying foods with fried chicken" trend. Two weeks ago, the fast-food restaurant announced testing on tortilla chips made of fried chicken, to go along with nachos that swap out chips for French fries.