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Texas' Whataburger finally jumps on the spicy chicken sandwich trend

Texas' Whataburger finally jumps on the spicy chicken sandwich trend

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Whataburger is finally getting into the spicy chicken sandwich game. Photo courtesy of Whataburger

After two years of Reddit threads and pleas on social media, Whataburger is finally giving the people what they want: a spicy chicken sandwich.

The San Antonio-based fast-food chain's "meticulously marinated" Spicy Chicken Sandwich is available now at all locations.

Whataburger's newest offering is a marinated chicken filet, fried crisp, and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo on a toasted bun. It's available for purchase either in-store or for curbside and delivery through the Whataburger app, which debuted in May. 

Last year, Wendy's ignited a social media firestorm when it rolled out its own version of the spicy chicken sandwich. Popeye's, KFC, and Chick-fil-A quickly followed suit, starting a makeshift spicy chicken sandwich war that occasionally ended in real-life gunfire.

What took Texas' beloved Whataburger so long to join the flock? The company says it was perfecting its recipe. 

"At Whataburger, we've spent time meticulously crafting the Spicy Chicken Sandwich recipe — and it shows with each bite," says Whataburger's VP of marketing and innovation, Rich Scheffler, in a September 28 release. "We can't wait for our guests to enjoy this extremely flavorful new, limited-time sandwich."

Though it's overshadowed by the spicy chicken news, Whataburger also revealed it's honoring Hatch chile season with its very own sandwich: the Hatch Green Chile Bacon Burger, featuring two beef patties topped with Hatch green chiles, bacon, American cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and mayo.

Both sandwiches are available for a limited time at all 830 Whataburger restaurants across Texas and nine other states.