Way outside the bun: Taco Bell rolls out ‘crispy chicken’ taco shell

Taco Bell is testing the "Naked Crispy Chicken Taco," which features a shell made of fried chicken. This taco was purchased in Lost Hills, California. Photo from @jawk via NBC News

Taco Bell is thinking outside the bun. The fast food chain is taking a cue from its corporate cousin KFC and will now serve a taco shell made of fried chicken.

Called the “Naked Crispy Chicken Taco,” the new menu item consists of a fried chicken shell filled with lettuce, cheese, tomato and avocado ranch sauce, according to Foodbeast, an online publication that specializes in food news.

Yum Brands, which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, is no stranger to food mash-ups. KFC released several hybrid chicken products in the recent years, including the Double Down Sandwich, Double Down Dog — which use fried chicken filets in place of buns — and the “Chizza,” a pizza with chicken for crust. Similarly, Pizza Hut introduced new crust flavors last year, offering salted pretzel, honey sriracha and toasted asiago.

This isn’t even the first time that Taco Bell has toyed with its shells. In 2012 the restaurant began selling Doritos flavored taco shells.

So far the new chicken taco item has only been spotted in California and is reported to be available for $2.49 to $2.99 depending on the restaurant.

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