In another Made to Crave innovation, Wendy’s new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich and Salad seeks to disrupt the quick-service restaurant landscape in a way only Wendy’s can. While every bite has all the flavors of that classic bar and grill appetizer, the two new menu items are more than just a bite full of heat. If you’re up for a flavor that will surprise and delight, these two new menu additions are a must order.
Following the success of the Bretzel Bacon Pub menu, the Chicken Sandwich and Jalapeno Popper Salad each have layers of flavor in every bite. Even though food trends show consumers crave spicy food, this addition to the Made to Crave menu isn’t just about aimless extreme heat. The flavors are bold but perfectly balanced.
While a lot is said about the latest addition to the chicken sandwich war, these new menu offerings from Wendy’s do more than just add to the plethora of quick-service restaurant choices. At the origin of spicy chicken, Wendy’s seeks to innovate by transforming in its own way a favorite bar and grill appetizer flavor.
Does Wendy’s Chicken Jalapeno Popper Menu come with a popper promise?
Recently, John Li, Vice President of Culinary Innovation for The Wendy’s Company, hosted a panel discussion and provided an overview of the new menu offerings. Additionally, guests had the opportunity to sample the Wendy’s Jalapeno Popper Chicken menu.
Li shared that the classic jalapeno popper appetizer inspired the flavors of new foods, but the team at Wendy’s sought to answer a specific question. Why can’t people savor the flavors of this classic appetizer at the bar and grill every day? While eating a plate of jalapeño poppers might not be a meal, a chicken sandwich or salad containing these flavors could be the next to crave food that keeps people coming back for more.
Since the jalapeño popper has such a specific flavor, the jalapeño popper sandwich and salad must offer those flavors. From that creamy cheesy goodness to that overall umami, every bite has to trigger this combination of flavors.
Although the consumer just takes a big bite and smiles, the culinary team at Wendy’s are attentive to the concept and construction of the food. This is one of the reasons six jalapenos are on every sandwich. This number ensures that there is that jalapeño flavor in every bite. It remains to be seen whether or not the guests open the bun to count.
While most people will focus on the chicken sandwich, the salad offering excels in this surprising and lovely guest concept. In a more deconstructed way, it hits all those classic jalapeno popper flavors.
The greens are topped with jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, spicy chicken, and cheddar jalapeño croutons. The croutons mimic the flavors of the cheese in the sandwich but add another texture to the salad. Each is like a little treat.
The real star of the salad is the jalapeño ranch dressing. Mashed Jalapeno with the Creamy Ranch could make anyone eat more greens. You may want to request a second packet of dressing. It really is that good.
With a salad on the Chicken Jalapeno Popper menu, Wendy’s is proving that it takes its job well done seriously. Although other quick-service restaurants have ditched the salad, Wendy’s is looking to elevate it.
In some ways, the creativity and thoughtfulness in creating this menu item proves that a salad can be made to crave. Most importantly, it’s an affordable salad that offers options for guests.
While one day a guest may want more choice from the Made to Crave menu, the next order may be a classic menu item. Whatever the choice, with every option, Wendy’s strives to always provide the customer with a better dining experience. Ok, that’s not part of Wendy’s vocabulary.
Wendy’s Chicken Jalapeno Popper Sandwich has a suggested menu price of $ 5.99 and Wendy’s Chicken Jalapeno Popper Salad has a suggested menu price of $ 6.79.
Wendy’s has just innovated a classic pub appetizer with these two new menu offerings. What could be the next culinary touch added to the Made to Crave menu?