Shake Shack takes its chicken sandwich nationwide

shake shack chicken sandwich

Shake Shack said Thursday that its first-ever chicken sandwich, the Chick’n Shack, will this month roll out nationwide.

The Chick’n Shack debuted as an LTO last summer but was limited to three Brooklyn, N.Y., locations. Its introduction followed much speculation that the fast-casual chain—whose menu remained focused on burgers, save a chicken hot dog—would serve chicken in a new product or spin off its brand with a restaurant focused on the protein.

Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti said on an earnings call last year that guest demand for the sandwich—then called The ChickenShack—was so “overwhelming” that the three locations offering the item ran out of supply in just two days.

“The introduction of chicken marks a new era for Shake Shack, staying true to our core menu while continuing to innovate new items our guests have asked for,” Garutti said in a statement.

The Chick’n Shack features fried chicken, pickles, lettuce and buttermilk-herb mayo on a potato roll.

By adding fried chicken to its permanent lineup, Shake Shack positions itself to compete with fried-chicken juggernaut Chick-fil-A, which was last year rated consumers’ favorite quick-service restaurant, as well as Yum! Brands' expanding chicken concept Super Chix.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


So you are opening a restaurant in a Walmart? Good luck with that

The Bottom Line: The retail giant is adding regional restaurant chains to its stores, giving them some key exposure. But there are some real drawbacks to pay attention to.


The FTC signals a tougher stance on franchising, for now

The Bottom Line: The agency’s comments last week represented some of its toughest regulatory moves on franchising in years. But the election might have a say in it.


Why True Food Kitchen's new chicken tenders took a year to perfect

Behind the Menu: The gluten-free, air-fried tenders stay true to the restaurant’s health and quality mission, with the crispy crunch consumers crave.


More from our partners