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This Beloved Burger Chain Just Launched a New Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich

Packing the habanero heat.

A new chicken sandwich? Sweet. Literally. The latest entrant into the competitive fried chicken sandwich space has a sugary twist. On Thursday, Shake Shack debuted its new Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich, featuring fried and breaded chicken breast glazed in honey, with habanero mayo sauce on top. The sandwich joins a growing number of new chicken sandwiches that biggest brands in fast food have debuted in the past year—from McDonald's to Smashburger.

The new Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich is part of a new Hot Honey menu which is available at Shake Shack locations nationwide for a limited time. Also included are the Hot Honey Bites, which are bite-sized versions of the chicken sandwich (minus the bread), as well as the Hot Honey Fries, which are exactly what you think they are—fries doused in the new sweet and spicy sauce.

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"We love hot honey," Mark Rosati, the chain's culinary director, told USA Today. "It's had a moment over the past couple of years."

This is far from Shake Shack's first try at the chicken sandwich category. In fact, last month the chain debuted another variation—a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with herb-infused mayo and, of course, buffalo sauce. This sandwich is currently only available in New York and Los Angeles, though it is expected to roll out nationwide later this summer. There's also the Chick'n Shack sandwich, which is basically the same sandwich but without any buffalo sauce, and which is already available across the chain's locations.

Granted, three different flavors of the chicken sandwich sound like small potatoes compared to some restaurants. For instance, virtual brand Wing Experience, operated by barbecue chain Smokey Bones, just launched a new chicken sandwich that comes in 50 different flavors. Talk about a paradox of choice!

If you prefer local favorites over major restaurant chains, be sure to check out The Best Chicken Sandwich in Every State, According to Yelp.

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Clara Olshansky
Clara Olshansky (they/she) is a Brooklyn-based writer and comic whose web content has appeared in Food & Wine, Harper’s Magazine, Men's Health, and Reductress. Read more