Texas Chicken has joined KFC, McDonald’s and Burger King as the latest fast food joint to release a spicy version of its chicken offering.

Texas Chicken has launched what it claims is the spiciest fried chicken in New Zealand in Fiery Crunch Chicken, whole chicken pieces coated in a mixture of chipotle and habanero peppers and fried until tender and crispy.

The chicken has been tested in-house with no volunteers able to make it past three pieces of the super-spicy new offering. Chipotle peppers check in at 2,500 – 8,000 SHU on the Scoville heat scale and habaneros pack an even bigger punch at 100,000 – 350,000 SHU.

“We worked hard to ensure we created the hottest recipe we possibly could,” said Texas Chicken NZ country manager Allan Simons. “We’ve noticed that Kiwis are becoming much more adventurous with the flavours that they will experiment with and spicy marinades and sauces are definitely becoming more popular now. Texas Chicken serves spicy options all year round but the Fiery Crunch Chicken takes heat to a whole new level.”

Fiery Crunch Chicken will be available at all Texas Chicken locations. The first 100 customers that successfully finish three pieces will be in the draw to win Texas Chicken vouchers.