The newest breakfast offering from Starbucks seemed so promising -- a sweet-and-savory chicken, maple butter, and egg sandwich.
The seasonal chicken sandwich debuted on June 21 as part of a summer menu. Starbucks described the sandwich as a toasted oat biscuit roll with chicken and eggs spread with maple butter.
The sandwich was removed from menus just five days later, according to The Wall Street Journal, and unsold sandwiches were thrown away.
(This wasn't the first time Starbucks added a chicken sandwich to its menu; it has sold several in the past, as well as a biscuit sandwich with chicken sausage and bacon from 2017 to 2020.)
In recent years, fast food restaurants have added many new breakfast sandwiches. Wendy's recently added a Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit and Taco John's in 2021.
Starbucks' breakfast chicken sandwich was short-lived. NBC News reports that social media reports of the sandwich making people sick were never verified.
Starbucks' Sandwich Did Not Meet Quality Standards
Starbucks said the chicken sandwich was pulled because it didn't meet quality standards, according to Today. "The quality issue Starbucks identified would not lead to food borne illness," the company said.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Starbucks breakfast sandwich wasn't listed on the FDA website as a food-borne illness risk. NBC News reports that Starbucks said stopping the sale of a food item was done out of caution.
Bon Appetit called the Starbucks chicken sandwich "bland," and The Takeout said the chicken lacked flavour.