Is Taco Bell's Fried Chicken Taco Shell Leaving?

KFC brought us the Double Down -- a breadless sandwich in which the "bun" was a couple of fried chicken patties. I thought the fast food industry had finally found a product Americans wouldn't want -- just too fattening. But the limited time item eventually was left on the menu indefinitely. Is it still there?

Apparently, it took Taco Bell to help find our limits. Their Naked Chicken Chalupa is coming off the menu much sooner than expected. This chalupa skips the taco shell and replaces it with fried chicken. It's only been available nationwide since January 26th, and had been tested for several months before that, but it should be gone altogether in the next couple of weeks. 

Full Disclosure: I actually like Taco Bell's food quite a bit, but I just wasn't interested in this. 

Taco Bell isn't saying the Naked Chicken Chalupa was a flop. They said it would be available only for a limited time, and you can't argue that six weeks is very much a limited time. But we don't see this one getting multiple lives, like the ongoing saga of McDonald's McRib sandwich -- which actually has a cult following.

The Naked Chicken Chalupa is 440 calories, with 270 calories of fat, according to Taco Bell's website. That's about 100 calories more than a Chicken Chalupa Supreme. KFC's Double Down is actually a lot worse, with 610 calories.

[Photo: Taco Bell]



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