The chicken sandwich wars are really popping off.

By Tim Nelson
February 18, 2021 11:06 AM
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With everything going on in the world, it's been a tough time for shared appetizers. Hors d'oeuvres trays feel like a relic from another world, and you're probably going to want everyone in your party to use some hand sanitizer before diving into a plate of nachos. 

Maybe our "new normal" doesn't mean giving up on the appetizer state of mind entirely, but simply adapting these guilty pleasures to a new context. If that's the case, then Wendy's surely must be onto something with a new line of Jalapeño Popper Sandwiches. 

Before you ask, no: That name doesn't mean that Wendy's is putting a jalapeno popper between two buns and calling it a day. Instead, they're using a sort of deconstructed take on the jalapeño popper as a way to take the chicken sandwich to cheesy, creamy heights. 

This collection of jalapeno popper sandwiches breaks down into three offerings, each offering a different play on the presentation of the chicken that accompanies the popper ingredients. The Classic Jalapeño Popper Sandwich starts with a lightly-breaded breast of chicken before slathering on jalapeño cream cheese and a cheddar cheese sauce, not to mention applewood smoked bacon, shredded pepper jack, and, naturally, a heaping serving of jalapeños. For those who wish their combination of chicken, bacon, and various cheeses felt slightly healthier, the Grilled Jalapeño Popper Sandwich is a good bet. 

Finally, if you're the kind of eater who says "bring it on" to spicy foods, the Spicy Jalapeño Popper Sandwich adds a little fire to the aforementioned ingredients by adding a fiery blend of peppers and spices to the chicken breast itself. If Wendy's could find a way to make the bun itself spicy, I'm sure they would. 

Much like a passed tray of jalapeño poppers, these new entries into the Great Chicken Sandwich Wars will only be around for a limited time, though you'll find them at participating Wendy's locations nationwide. So if your main complaint about chicken sandwiches these days is that they're lacking spicy cream cheese, your time has come. 

This story originally appeared on allrecipes.com