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KFC Is Making These Major Changes to Its Iconic Chicken Sandwich

Here's what you need to know about the most popular chicken fast-food chain's updates.

It's out with the old and in with the new in 2021 for KFC's famous chicken sandwich, the company says. The news comes a few days after McDonald's announced they are adding three chicken sandwiches to its menu starting on Feb. 24.

The Crispy Colonel Sandwich is being replaced with the KFC Chicken Sandwich by the end of February because it is not "living up to our legacy as experts in fried chicken" the fast-food chain said according to Reuters. (This isn't the only fast-food chain changing—McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

Testing for the new sandwich took place in the Spring of 2020 in Orlando, Fla. where sales nearly doubled. And the sandwich itself is growing, too. It features a 25% larger white meat, doubled-breaded, and fried quarter-pound fillet than its predecessor. But it also has thicker crinkle-cut pickles and is dressed with either mayo or spicy sauce. It will cost $3.99.

The new entry into the chicken sandwich wars joins those from McDonald's, as well as Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, Culvers, and more. And the Louisville, Ky.-based chain—which was just named the most popular chicken fast-food chain—isn't the only one to join the competition recently. Jack in the Box just launched their own version.

Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Louisville, Sacramento, and Tulsa are the first cities to have the KFC Chicken Sandwich on the menu starting Jan. 7.

While the nutritional information for the new sandwich isn't known, the departing favorite has 470 calories, 24 grams of fat, 1,170 milligrams of sodium, 39 grams of carbs, and 24 grams of protein. How does that compare to the best chicken sandwiches you can get? Here are The Best and Worst Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches, According to a Dietitian.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda