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Taco Bell has a fried chicken shell taco and it’s coming to Arizona

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PHOENIX — “Through the teeth, over the gums, look out tummy, here it comes” will soon take on a new twist in Arizona, thanks to a fast food chain.

On Wednesday, Taco Bell announced that its Naked Chicken Chalupa — a taco that has a shell that is made of deep-fried chicken — would be released nationwide later this month.

In addition to the shell — that, again, is made of nothing but 4 ounces of fried, all-white, seasoned chicken — the taco will come with lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and avocado ranch sauce.

“Something this delicious yet different is bound to ruffle some feathers; some might even cluck their tongues at it,” Marisa Thalberg, chief marketing officer at Taco Bell Corp., said.

“However, we feel confident that, once our fans get a taste of the Naked Chicken Chalupa, they are going to understand exactly why this is our next big, fun and craveable innovation, following in the footsteps of the Doritos Locos Tacos five years ago and the Quesalupa just last year.”

The fast-food chain said the taco tested well in markets in Bakersfield, California, and Kansas City, Missouri, over the past two years.

The taco will be priced at $2.99, but prices and availability can depend on the location. It will also be offered in a $5 meal box.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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