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Chick-fil-A Adds Gluten-free Grilled Nuggets to Kid’s Menu

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

chick fil a grilled nuggetsChick-fil-A is expanding its gluten-free options by adding grilled chicken nuggets and Buddy Fruits to their Kid’s menu.

According to Chick-fil-A’s full-time dietitian Jodie Worrell, these new menu additions come as part of Chick-fil-A’s broader initiative to offer healthier menu options to customers. Initiative highlights include the addition of the Fruit Cup in 2004 and moving to a complete menu (including all condiments) with zero trans fats in 2008. Chick-fil-A also is actively working to reduce sodium across its menu, including a 40 percent sodium reduction in its Chargrilled Chicken filet, 25 percent less sodium in breads and removing 10 percent of sodium in dressings and sauces. Additionally, the chain has removed high fructose corn syrup from its chocolate milk, and some salad dressings and sauces.

According to the company, adding grilled chicken nuggets to their kids menu marks the first time a national fast food chain has offered a grilled entrée as part of a children’s menu.  Now I don’t know if my daughter is going to be interested in the grilled chicken nuggets, but those who follow a gluten-free diet will be ecstatic.  Now we can order grilled nuggets that we can dip in sauces just like everyone else.

We go to Chick-fil-A at least twice a week because my daughter just loves their food and I feel comfortable letting her have the chicken there and pretty much at no other fast food chain. Chick-fil-A is by far my favorite fast food chain to frequent due to its gluten-free menu options. Not to mention the overly polite staff, clean facility, reasonable prices and their attention to healthful menu options.

The chain test marketed sweet potato fries last year that unfortunately have not been well received by consumers due to the price increase.  We have been told they are reformulating the sweet potato fries to get the price down.  Fortunately the Chick-fil-A in Athens, GA still has them on their menu, so we can get them when we are in town to visit family and watch the Georgia Bulldogs play.

More details on the Kid’s Meal options:

These gluten-free Grilled Nuggets are made from a boneless, skinless breast of chicken tumbled in a salt and pepper spice blend and then grilled. The four count is only 80 calories and 1 gram of fat, while the six count contains 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.

Addition of Buddy Fruits ® Pure Blended Fruit To Go: Apple Cinnamon: Each squeezablefruit pouch is gluten free, all natural and contains 100 percent pure fruit. It is 60 calories, 0 grams of fat and equals one serving of fruit.

Improved beverage options: Drinks with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are being removed from the Kid’s Meal beverage choices. Children’s drink choices now include one-percent milk, 100 percent apple juice and freshly squeezed lemonade (30 percent DV vitamin C).

Thank you Chick-fil-A for your attention to healthful menu options that has increased your gluten-free menu offerings. The gluten-free community is grateful and so am I.
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris,
Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner
Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA


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Jennifer Harris
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA
  • I tried the nuggets Friday night on the way home from work and they weren’t bad (they sell an 8-piece ‘grown-up’ size so I didn’t have to order off the kids menu)! I thought they tasted pretty much the same as the chargrilled chicken breast.

  • Denise Wilkes says:

    Yeah, but from where are the chickens coming? CAFO? it’s certainly not organic so it’s….??????

  • Jess says:

    How can we trust something to be Gluten Free in a fast food restaurant? I feel like the chances of cross-contamination are so high. Does anyone know if staff is trained or at least aware of contamination?

  • Patty says:

    The nuggets and grilled chicken both have a marinade on them why can’t the place where they get the chicken come without the marinade and be plain. Sometimes the marinade can possibly have a wheat substance .

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