KFC fans, your wish has finally been granted. Yum Brands — doing its best impression of Sinbad in that early 90s genie movie that he definitely made — has decided to bring one of its classic international sandwiches to the US market. The Zinger has landed and it only took 33 years to get here. That’s a pretty long time to wait for a sandwich. It’d better be worth it.
This isn’t the first sandwich to be added to the KFC menu. If you didn’t know it already, the fried chicken chain actually already has two chicken sandwiches ready for your rabid consumption. They are the fairly underwhelming Double Crunch and Chicken Littles. Neither of those sandwiches carries the same excitement as The Zinger.
Take a casual look at Twitter and you’ll find Nintendo Classic level fast food fanaticism for this sandwich in other parts of the globe.
With chicken sandwiches absolutely dominating the US fast food scene in recent years, this move seems like a no brainer. More than 100 other countries have been enjoying the Zinger for years and that includes the United Kingdom and Australia. Since when do they get to try anything before us (unless you count the magically delicious chocolate treat called Tim Tam)?
This simple, spicy sandwich is made of 100% chicken breast meat that is hand-breaded and fried (it wouldn’t be KFC if it wasn’t). It comes with mayo and lettuce on a sesame seed bun. It sounds extremely similar to McDonald’s chicken sandwich, but that’s neither here nor there. In this game, it’s also about execution.
Beginning on April 24th, KFC will start rolling out this sandwich at US restaurants. It’s about time.