Chick-fil-A Launches New Kids’ Meal With Grilled Chicken Nuggets

Chick-fil-A has a generally good reputation amongst the gluten-free community, and with their latest announcement I expect their reputation will only improve.

According to the press release on their website, Chick-fil-A is adding two new, healthy options for their Kids’ Meal: grilled chicken nuggets and Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go. Combined with one of the beverage choices (skim milk, apple juice, lemonade or water), it’s about as healthy of a fast food meal as you’re likely to find anywhere.

Now, before I type up the rest of the press release, let’s jump over quickly to the disclaimer on Chick-fil-A’s gluten free info online:

…Some ingredients such as spices and natural flavors may be proprietary; therefore, we may not have the source listed for those items. We recommend you review this list with your physician before consuming any of the products listed below, or any other item on our menu. Although the ingredients in these menu items are gluten-free, we do not have gluten free prep areas and procedures for assembly of these menu items.

What does this mean for you? Before you go ahead an order anything, ask the location that you’re at whether or not the fryer is dedicated (anecdotal reports indicate that most locations do have dedicated fryers for their fries). If you’re concerned about cross-contamination, ask that the people preparing your food change gloves and use clean tongs. The web is full of stories of Chick-fil-A employees happily taking these precautions, and full of celiac diners happily eating — but without clearly explaining your needs and deciding whether or not you feel that the people behind the counter understand what you’re asking, there are no guarantees.

The press release clearly indicates that both the grilled nuggets and the blended fruit are gluten-free, describing them as:

  1. Introduction of Grilled Nuggets: 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 to perfection. 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.
  2. Addition of Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go: Apple Cinnamon: Each squeezable fruit 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.

This is heartening not just because of the ingredients — which are indisputably better for everyone than deep-fried nuggets and fries — but because the company made a point of spelling out the relevancy for celiacs loud and clear.

Do you ever eat at Chick-fil-A? Have you had a good experience there?

17 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A Launches New Kids’ Meal With Grilled Chicken Nuggets”

  1. My husband is a Southern boy, born and raised, and his favorite meal (I’m not kidding) is Chik-Fil-a. Since I am celiac, I’m grateful that Chik-fil-a is his favorite. Why? Because they ALWAYS take good care of me when we eat there, and are happy to take extra precautions to make my eating experience a safe one. :) I have eaten there many, many, MANY times as a celiac and not ONCE have they made me sick! :) (and their fries make me HAPPY!)

  2. I grew up in Atlanta and Chick Fil A is my favorite resturaount. The saddest thing about being diagnosed two years ago was no more Chick Fil A. I do eat the grilled chicken salad w/o the sunflower seeds (coated in flour) with italian dressing. The tea is still fantastic and so are the wffle fries. I am looking forward to checking out these nuggets.

  3. My son has been GF for more than 2 years. We tried the grilled chicken at Chick Fil A and he got terribly sick. Even when you explain to them about gluten allergies/intolerance, their facility does not have dedicated prep areas, utensils, and their employees do not seem to have the knowledge of what gluent allergies do to people. I highly recommend NOT getting these chicken nuggets if you have any gluten issues.

  4. We’ve eaten at Chick-Fil-A more times than I can count since my daughter and husband had to go gluten free. Neither of them have even gotten sick off the food. While we don’t have a store near us any more, it’s a go to place when we’re on the road.

    We always get the grilled chicken sandwich “protein style” (aka no bun, lettuce wrap) with waffle fries. I’m excited that they’re going to have a kids meal that will work for my daughter as she always enjoyed the unique prizes that came with the kids meals.

  5. This is nice to hear more gf options are on the horizon. However, what a shame this company is known for their blatent discrimination. Chick-fil-A will never get my business because of this.

  6. It’s too bad they’re so anti-gay. That fact far overshadows anything else they have going for them. They were a great option for something quick and safe, but now we avoid them as much as possible.

  7. I actually had the new grilled nuggets for lunch today! So happy to have another choice at Chick-fil-a. Even for an adult, the 6 pack kids meal the perfect portion size and I used to get it before my celiac diagnosis. Glad to have the option once again. I always have a great experience at Chick-fil-a and love their customer service!!

  8. I recently went to a Chick-fil-a south of Dayton, OH and the manager made a special effort to insure my food was not contaminated. It was delicious and I really appreciated their efforts.

  9. While Chik-Fil-A might be catering to the gluten free community well, they also support and contribute money to promote legislation to discriminate against consumers they don’t like. I will not be supporting them anytime soon.

  10. We live in the Chick-fil-A-less state of Michigan, BUT when we travel, if there is a Chick-fil-A there, or on the way there, my Celiac son asks to eat there! (He’s 18, taller than me, and I love Chick-fil-A too!) He ALWAYS asks the questions suggested and has NEVER been ill. Their food is good and there are legitimately healthy choices that taste wonderful. My favorite thing though, is their customer service. Awesome! Please do be aware that ALL locations are closed on Sundays so that employees may spend time with their families.

  11. My 14-year old daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease a year ago, and we tend to stay away from restaurants that lend themselves to cross-contamination (Chili’s is another to watch out for). In the case of Chick-fil-a however, there is an additional danger to beware of — everything is cooked in peanut oil, which is highly dangerous to anyone who is allergic to peanuts — like my 14-year old daughter. Yeah, she’s had a rough ride.

  12. I commute to college and much of the time, I don’t have time to eat before class. I usually go to Chick-fil-a once a week, at least!! It’s usually pretty obvious when I’ve eaten gluten, but at Chick-fil-a, I’ve never noticed an issue! It’s one of the only places I can go to get a decent salad. I love the Chargrilled fruit, as well as the vegetable one. I get 1000 Island every time. Sometimes, I even get Waffle fries. I’m so excited about the grilled chicken kids meal. I’ve had the GC before and it didn’t affect me. I think GC would be perfect with a fruit cup! Yay! Chick-fil-a is the only FF restaurant chain that I really trust going to… I’m so glad that they have so many “healthy” options. Usually, I frown when forced to get a salad from any other FF place, but I love their salads— delicious! Try it!

  13. What a great company with great values and now showing it with GF options for kids! So glad they stick to what they believe and don’t cower to the PC extremist! TY Chick-fil-A!

  14. I love Chick-Fil-A — including what they stand for — and have had several family members work for them over the years, from local restaurants to their corporate office. Once diagnosed, I figured I wouldn’t be able to eat there ever again, but I do love the chargrilled chicken garden salad. Instead of the sunflower seeds and croutons, I ask them to substitute the tortilla strips, which they are always happy to do. And it’s nice to have someone respond, “My pleasure” when I say thank you, rather than the ubiquitous and meaningless, “No problem”, which has become so annoyingly common….

  15. We eat at Chick-Fil-A all the time with my Celiac son. The mangers are very knowledgable about gluten. We order a kid’s meals with grilled chicken and fries with no problems. Yea for Chick-Fil-A!!!

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