McDonald's Spicy Chicken Nuggets Return (And Other Fiery Fast-Food Favorites)

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday February 1, 2021

Is there a coup happening at McDonald's? Is it possible that after a 40-year reign as the most
controversial limited-edition menu item, the McRib may have to make way for Spicy Chicken McNuggets?

"Breaded in a crispy coating, flavorfully spiced with a blend of aged cayenne and chili pepper, they're sure to get your attention," as described by the fast-food giant's website, McDonald's hopes that this reinvention lights a fire under a year of roller coaster sales due to the pandemic.

McDonald's sales in the U.S. rose 5.5% in the last quarter of 2020, but international sales dropped, CNN Business reports.

Maybe a Spicy McNugget is just what the franchise needs to keep consumers chomping at the bit for their favorite guilty pleasures.

"Our fans asked. And pleaded," a company representative stated via email, as reported by the Food Network. The correspondence also acknowledged "tens of thousands of tweets," bolstering the nuggets' return, along with the new Mighty Hot Sauce.

Of course, McDonald's isn't' the only fast-food chain in the spicy chicken game. Here are a few more piquant poultry items to add to your wish list.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.