For over a decade, Danny Meyer’s absurdly popular chain Shake Shack focused on items commonly associated with classic American roadside grills: burgers, dogs, fries, sundaes, and concretes. Around a year ago, the chain followed one of the predominant fast-casual trends by adding a crispy chicken sandwich to the menu called the Chick’n Shack. And now, Shake Shack is testing yet another poultry item: The Salt & Pepper Honey Chick’n. It’s a hormone-free chicken breast that’s slow-cooked in buttermilk, fried to a crisp, and doused in a coating of salted honey, with a shake of black pepper.
No lettuce, no pickles, no tomatoes, no cheese, no special sauce, no relish. Just crispy salty/sweet chicken breast on a bun. It’s available for $6.29 at the three Brooklyn Shake Shacks starting today for a limited time only. Presumably, if this is a hit in Brooklyn, this will become a permanent menu item across Shacklandia.
Eater critic Robert Sietsema sampled the original Chick'n Shack (then called the ChickenShack — no abbreviation) during his fried chicken sandwich crawl last year. It ranked sixth out of the eight sandwiches he ate that day. Sietsema's notes:
Have you ever thought an item of food was over-engineered? In being designed to please many, it succeeded in pleasing few? Compared to the ShackBurger, the ChickenShack is small, and the wilted lettuce damaged it for me. I liked the lattice-like crisp coating, though.
If you happen to try one of these new chicken sandwiches, please let us know what you think.