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Eat more ... mac-n-cheese? Chick-fil-A explains why it added new side in menu change

Chick-fil-A’s menu just got bigger and — some might argue — a little bit better with a new side item, macaroni and cheese.

The cheesy snack will be available nationwide and is the first permanent side addition since 2016, according to statement Monday from the Atlanta-based fast-food chain.

Mac and cheese is a “perfect pairing” with Chick-fil-A’s assorted chicken dishes, and it also “passed with flying colors” during testing in five markets, according to Amanda Norris, executive director of menu and packaging.

“We have a very high bar when it comes to adding a menu item,” Norris said in a statement. “But the feedback from our customers in the test markets made this decision easy.”

Chick-fil-A said the recipe is a “classic” with a blend of cheddar, Parmesan and Romano baked fresh in the restaurant daily.

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Hayley is a Real Time reporter at The Charlotte Observer covering breaking news and trending stories in the Carolinas. She also created the Observer’s unofficial bird beat (est. 2015) with a summer full of ornithological-related content, including a story about Barred Owls in love.