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THE BATTLE GOES ON: PDQ Introduces Spicy Chicken Menu

Carlos Hernandez

How much chicken can the world handle and can Tampa take the heat? It seems we are about to find out. PDQ has introduced an all new spicy chicken menu now available to diners.

Their new Spicy Chicken Sandwich features a crispy chicken breast with spicy seasoning topped with lettuce, dill pickles, and PDQ's new signature sauce, all served on a buttered, toasted and steamed potato bun.


”The spicy chicken craze has swept across the country and our guests have been asking for us to join in with these mouth-watering creations,” said Frank Rappa, PDQ Chief Marketing Officer. “We know there are some good spicy chicken sandwiches out there, but ours is Just Made, Better.”

PDQ’s new spicy chicken nuggets are buttermilk marinated with a spicy breading and cooked to a crisp, served with your choice one of PDQ’s seven signature sauces for dipping. The new signature sauce at PDQ features creamy horseradish base, smoked paprika, oregano, garlic and a kick of black pepper.

Limited time offerings also include a new Cap’n Crunch Berry Shake, which is a blend of all-natural vanilla ice cream with Cap’n Crunch Oops All Berries, strawberries, and blackberry puree, and topped with whipped cream, blackberry puree, and crushed Cap’n Crunch Oops All Berries.

The new menu items are available for a limited time at all PDQ locations except Amalie Arena, PNC Arena, Raymond James Stadium and Tampa International Airport.

Delivery service, Grubhub, found that spicy chicken was the most popular item in 2020 according to a December 2020 report that the item became over 300% more popular compared to previous years.

Customers can find a full list of PDQ locations at eatPDQ.com/locations. PDQ is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, where guests can enjoy favorites for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, delivery and catering. Guests can order online for pick-up or delivery at order.eatPDQ.com.


PDQ was founded in 2011 as “People Dedicated to Quality” and was founded by Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader. PDQ is committed to creating deep roots in its local communities and has given over $6 million in dollars and in-kind donations to local charities, schools, and organizations since its inception.

On October 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors in Tampa, Florida and the concept now has locations throughout Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. The company remains headquartered in Tampa.

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