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This Beloved Fried Chicken Chain Just Brought Back a Popular Menu Item

The salty, shareable snack is here to stay!

Southern favorite Zaxby's is known for its crispy fried chicken fingers, signature sauce, and crinkle-cut fries. While these staple items are always there for customers to enjoy, many fans have come to love another shareable side that has only graced the menu periodically.

Now, that side is finally back—and this time it's for good! Zaxby's has just announced that the popular Fried Pickles have just landed on the menu and will stay there.

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Fried pickles at Zaxby's

"Fried Pickles are a Southern staple that's having a bit of a moment," said Stephanie Gamble, vice president of menu innovation at Georgia-based Zaxby's. "Our customers have always loved Zaxby's cornmeal-dusted crispy version paired with our creamy, cool ranch sauce. It's the perfect summer snack, and now we'll have it all year round."

Zaxby's Fried Pickles are made from fresh, crinkle-cut slices of dill pickles, dusted in cornmeal batter, deep-fried, and served with a buttermilk and herb ranch sauce. The side is a nod to the brand's Southern roots, where the appetizer was first invented.  

The pickles originally debuted on the chain's menu in 2016 and were a very successful addition. Despite their popularity, however, the pickles were taken off the menu only to reappear in 2020 for a brief three months before being removed again. A press release confirms the item will now be a "permanent menu item going forward," although it will only be available at select locations.

Zaxby's also added a Signature Club Sandwich to its menu lineup at the beginning of March. The Signature Club Sandwich features a twist on the traditional Signature Sandwich, adding two slices of bacon and American cheese. The original sandwich features a double-breaded chicken breast fillet on a potato bun with a choice of Zax Sauce or Spicy Zax Sauce.

Amber Lake
Amber Lake is a staff writer at Eat This, Not That! and has a degree in journalism from UNF in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more about Amber