Burger King is heating up the chicken sandwich wars of 2021 once again with the arrival of its long-awaited offering – the Ch’King.

The Ch’King, which will arrive nationwide on June 3, is a hand-breaded chicken filet that is served on a toasted potato bun with pickles and a savory signature sauce. It is also offered as a Spicy Ch’King version that has a spicy glaze, and as a Deluxe option with lettuce and tomato but without pickles.

The burger chain said it spent the last two years perfecting the Ch’King, which was named by a customer who tried the menu item during the testing phase and side the chain should change its name from Burger King to Chicken King, CNBC reported.

“Our guests said it best, our hand-breaded Ch’King sandwich is our greatest yet,” Ellie Doty, chief marketing officer at Burger King North America, said in a statement. “We said we would create a delicious hand-breaded chicken sandwich that was worth the wait, we just didn’t anticipate that it would turn out quite this good.”

Burger King is offering customers a chance to try the Ch’King in a meal deal that will also snag them a free Whopper. Starting June 3, customers who order the Ch’King on the BK app or on the Burger King website can receive a free Whopper on their order.

Customers will need to apply a coupon before placing their order. The offer is good through June 20. The free Whopper is limited to one per guest.

Burger King will go head-to-head with the Ch’King against its rivals McDonald’s, KFC, and Chick-fil-A, which have all recently introduced new chicken sandwiches in 2021.

McDonald’s marked the start of the year with three new chicken sandwich introductions – the classic, deluxe, and spicy, while KFC said it introduced its best chicken sandwich yet. Chick-fil-A unveiled a spicy grilled chicken sandwich in mid-January.

Several other restaurant chains have also jumped on the chicken bandwagon, launching their renditions of chicken sandwiches in an attempt to capture part of the demand by customers for the menu item.

The chicken sandwich wars really heated up in 2019 when Popeyes and Chick-fil-A competed against each other as customers lined up to try their chicken creations, creating mass demand for the chains.

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