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Texas Chicken launches hottest chicken so far

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Texas Chicken New Zealand, the popular fried chicken brand that prides itself on serving customers with the biggest, crispiest, juiciest and most flavoursome chicken around, has launched what could be New Zealand’s hottest ever fried chicken!

The limited edition 8 Pepper Chicken is coated in an eye-wateringly spicy marinade that blends eight different types of chillies, including Thai Green Chilli, Red Chilli, Black Pepper, Chipotle, Szechuan, Habanero, Cayenne and Ancho.

The hottest pepper is the Habanero, which packs a punch at 350,000 Scoville Heat Units. Some of the others are slightly milder, with Cayenne being the next spiciest, at 125,000 SHUs. However, together they are enough to bring a flush to even the most seasoned chilli eater’s cheeks.

"We introduced a limited edition spicy chicken last winter, which was incredibly popular but a few customers did mention that it could have been hotter," explains New Zealand Country Manager, Allan Simons. "We went back to the drawing board and have come up with something that is at a completely different level. The 8 Pepper Chicken definitely brought a few tears to the eyes during testing!

"As always, we haven’t forgotten about taste. The 8 Pepper Chicken is just as big, juicy, crunchy and flavoursome as everything else on the Texas Chicken menu. The marinade contains a bit of honey that provides a counterbalance to the spice so the chillies don’t completely dominate the flavour of the chicken. It is hot, spicy, delicious and perfect for these chilly winter months."

8 Pepper Chicken is available as a snack option for $4.50 (one piece of chicken and small fries) or as a regular individual combo for $11.90 (two pieces of chicken, regular fries, regular drink, honey butter bun and regular mashed potato).

It can also be purchased as a group combo for $26.50 if you’re feeling especially hungry or want to share the spice with some friends (six pieces of chicken, large fries, regular drink, honey butter bun and regular mashed potato).

8 Pepper Chicken can be found at any of the Texas Chicken restaurants, including the Rotorua locations. It will be available for as long as supplies last.

This month, Texas Chicken is celebrating four years since the brand landed in New Zealand from the USA and started providing Kiwis with its world-famous hand battered, 12-hour marinated, freshly cooked chicken and sides. Texas Chicken prides itself on serving chicken that is bigger, crispier, juicer and more flavoursome than other brands.

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