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We've Two Weeks To Prepare For Taco Bell's Fried Chicken Taco Shell

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January 26 shall be known as the day the taco shell changed forever, or at least the day Taco Bell started folding up fried chicken patties and calling it a Naked Chicken Chalupa.

Realizing that we’re almost two weeks into 2017 and there hasn’t been a Snacktaku video, Taco Bell has lept into action, readying its Naked Chicken Chalupa for nationwide release on January 26. The Naked Chicken Chalupa, already in California and Colorado in 2015 and 2016 respectively, is a marinated fried chicken disc filled with lettuce, tomato, cheese and a creamy avocado ranch sauce, because both chewy and spongy avocado ranch sauce tested poorly.


The shell is made with four ounces of—and the press release stresses this—antibiotic-free chicken, so if you’ve got strep you’re still going to have to hit up the clinic afterwards.

Snacktaku will be on the case on January 26, as it was last year for the release of the chewy, spongy quesalupa. We are hopeful this release will fare better at being snacking fare. Taco Bell also seems hopeful, and has jokes.


“Something this delicious yet different is bound to ruffle some feathers; some might even cluck their tongues at it,” said Marisa Thalberg, chief marketing and dad pun officer at Taco Bell Corp. via official announcement. “However, we feel confident that once our fans get a taste of the Naked Chicken Chalupa they are going to understand exactly why this is our next big, fun and craveable innovation, following in the footsteps of the Doritos Locos Tacos five years ago and the Quesalupa just last year.”

Stay tuned to Snacktaku for further developments, such as pointing out that Naked Chicken Chalupa makes us think we’re going to be eating tiny hairless dogs.