Burger King Fiery Chicken Fries Are Here, & They Are BK's Spiciest Menu Item Yet

The world let out a collective sound of rejoice when Burger King Chicken Fries made a triumphant return to the fast food chain's permanent menu earlier this year — and now, this party just got even hotter. Burger King Fiery Chicken Fries are officially a part of the BK repertoire, and guys? Having tried these babies myself, I can say from personal experience that these tiny strips of breaded chicken are just as spicy as they claim to be.

The limited-edition menu item gets its heat from a blend of black pepper and cayenne pepper that's baked into both the white meat chicken and the crispy breading. The result is a seemingly innocent looking chicken fry that leaves your mouth and nose tingling almost immediately after the first bite. Burger King Chief Marketing Officer Eric Hirschhorn says this is the spiciest thing to ever hit BK's menu "by far" — and he's not lying. The fries definitely pack a punch, clocking in around the 50,000 to 100,000 range on the Scoville scale (which measures spice levels in food). Thanks to the layering of spices, the heat lingers long after the nine-piece serving is gone.

Chicken Fries have been a long-time driver of sales at Burger King. The crispy, breaded chicken strips were first introduced at restaurants everywhere in 2005, and were a popular seller until 2012, when they were discontinued. Prompted by crazy demand, Burger King brought the fries back in March, much to the delight of fans.

BK's new Fiery Chicken Fries were designed with millennials in mind who want to turn up the heat on their favorite menu item. Currently in stores everywhere, Fiery Chicken Fries will be available for four to six weeks, and are $2.89 for a nine-piece order. Counter the spice with dipping sauces including a new Chicken Fries Sauce, BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch, Zesty, Buffalo, and Sweet & Sour. Or, just eat these guys plain. I'm telling you, spice lovers — these hot pieces of chicken lack nothing in the flavor department.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article reported that Burger King's Fiery Chicken Fries were a seven on the Scoville scale. They actually fall between the 50,000 and 100,000 range on the Scoville scale.

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