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KFC’s New Pickle Fried Chicken Is Coming Soon and We’re Obsessed Already

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Daily Meal staffers taste-tested the chain’s new sauce

The trend of all-things-dill did not die with Sonic’s weird pickle juice-flavored slushies. Starting June 25, KFC will offer a mashup of the savory snack and the chain’s famous fried chicken in the form of a very limited-time-only offering: Pickle Fried Chicken.

According to a KFC spokesperson, customers regularly ask for extra pickle chips on the sandwiches, so the brand brewed up a special sauce to make sure fans would get the flavor in every bite. Even Bubble Bass can’t bamboozle his way out of this one.

The brand-new condiment features dill, vinegar, onion, garlic, buttermilk, and black and white pepper. Wow! Will a sauce satisfy pickle-addicts the way a crunchy cuke does, though? To help answer this daunting question, Colonel Sanders sent his latest offering over to The Daily Meal for a good old-fashioned taste test.

Prior to the big reveal, we anticipated the pickle sauce to be gloppy like ketchup or mustard. But it’s actually oil-based — similar to the chain’s Carolina Gold and Nashville Hot varieties. While this method keeps the chicken extra crispy, expect it to be greasy.

Pickle Fried Chicken is groundbreaking. KFC claims it is the first quick-service restaurant to serve pickle-flavored fried chicken to the masses, and they did it right. We came, we saw, we gobbled it up quicker than we would like to admit.

The tenders were just like the pickle they were inspired by: salty, vinegary, and dill-y. Some editors felt they were a bit greasy but others were sopping the sauce up with their biscuits.

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This new sauce will be available on the new Crispy Colonel Sandwich, Extra Crispy Tenders, Chicken Littles, and Extra Crispy chicken at select outposts in the U.S. But grab it while you can! Pickle Fried Chicken will only be available while supplies last, which is estimated to be roughly three weeks.

After that, you can enjoy the chain’s trio of signature southern-inspired flavors — Smoky Mountain BBQ, spicy and smoky Nashville Hot, and sweet and tangy Georgia Gold honey mustard BBQ — or Sanders’ original recipe of 11 herbs and spices, all of which remain a mystery to this day. For more finger lickin’ trivia, check out these 15 things you didn’t know about Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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