NILES, IL - JULY 28: A McDonald's sign promotes new Chicken Selects stands near a store July 28, 2004 in Niles, Illinois. McDonald's has introduced new Chicken Selects premium breast strips as way of targeting consumers eating more white-meat chicken. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images
Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

McDonald’s adds two breakfast chicken sandwiches to the menu

The nation’s fast-food chicken wars are about to enter a new battleground — breakfast. 

While several breakfast chicken menu items are already being served at many McDonald’s, the global fast-food giant is adding more chicken items to its breakfast menu at all U.S. locations, according to Business Insider

Starting this week, the fast food giant is selling its Chicken McGriddles and McChicken Biscuit sandwiches nationally for a limited time, CNN reports. They were previously available only in some regional markets.

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This test could help McDonald’s compete both in chicken wars and breakfast wars among its competitors, including Wendy’s, Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin’ and Popeyes.

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McDonald’s has served breakfast sandwiches since 1971 with the creation of its Egg McMuffin. It started serving all-day breakfast in 2015.

Wendy’s announced in September that it will start serving breakfast. Dunkin’ launched a plant-based breakfast option last year.

Popeyes launched its chicken sandwich last August and ran out of its inventory two weeks later.

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It hired extra workers in anticipation of the sandwich’s return, hoping to avoid the long lines that often wrapped around blocks and kept people in the drive-through for hours. 

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