Chick-fil-A – Dairy-Free Sandwiches, Salads & Breakfasts on the Grill


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2021! Chick-fil-A is an American fast food chain that specializes in chicken sandwiches, and has more than 2000 restaurants in the U.S. But oddly enough, their most popular menu item is their waffle fries, which happen to be dairy free! They have a good handful of other dairy-free menu items (detailed below), including Sandwiches and the Kale Crunch Side, a healthier extra which was launched last year.

Please note that for religious reasons, all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays and on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Chick-fil-A - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

Menu Items

  • Breakfast – Hashbrowns, Fruit Cup, English Muffin, Egg White Grill (no cheese), Hash Brown Scramble Bowl w/ Grilled Filet (no cheese), Hash Brown Scramble Burrito w/ Grilled Filet (no cheese), Bacon Egg Muffin (no cheese), Sausage Egg Muffin (no cheese)
  • Chicken – Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Nuggets, Grilled Chicken Club  (no cheese), Grilled Cool Wrap (no cheese)
  • Kids – Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal (with juice)
  • Sides – Waffle Potato Fries, Fruit Cup, Kale Crunch Side, Buddy’s Apple Sauce, Waffle Potato Chips, Saltines
  • Sauces – Barbecue, Chick-fil-A, Cilantro Lime Sauce, Polynesian, Honey Mustard, Honey Roasted BBQ, Sweet & Spicy Sriracha
  • Salads – Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken (no cheese), Market Salad with Grilled Chicken (no cheese), Side Salad (no cheese)
  • Salad Dressings – Creamy Salsa, Fat Free Honey Mustard, Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Light Italian, Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Components to Help Customize Your Order

  • Bread – White Bun, Multigrain Brioche Bun, Butter on Bun (not real butter), Flaxseed Flatbread
  • Proteins – Grilled Breakfast Filet, Bacon, Sausage, Grilled Filet, Egg Patty, Scrambled Egg, Egg White
  • Sandwich Toppings – Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles
  • Salad Toppings – Apples, Bacon Crumbles, Black Beans, Blueberries, Chili-Lime Pepitas, Chopped Egg, Crispy Bell Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, Harvest Nut Granola, Poblano Chiles, Roasted Corn, Roasted Nut Blend

Other Allergen Notes

  • It appears that they have removed the gluten-free bun from the menu (it was free of dairy, nuts, and soy, but it contained eggs).
  • They are also removing the Sunflower Multigrain Bagel from the menu in 2021. If you can still get it at your local Chick-fil-A, it is dairy-free by ingredients.
  • Chick-fil-A uses peanut oil in their fryer. According to Samantha, a Chick-fil-a employee:

The fryers used for chicken are only used for chicken meaning that the fries and hashbrowns are cooked separately from dairy containing products.

  • But dedicated fryers don’t seem to be the case at every Chick-fil-A location. Check at the restaurant to ensure your location practices this and that the food is safe for your needs.
  • Their buns are listed as egg-free, nut-free, and soy-free, but the dairy-free “butter on bun” contains soy. Their biscuits and mini yeast rolls (used on the breakfast menu) contain milk.
  • According to Chick-fil-A, the “butter oil” and “natural butter type flavor” used to cook the eggs are dairy-free. Butter Oil Ingredients: soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural flavor (not dairy), beta carotene. Natural Butter Type Flavor Ingredients: medium chain triglycerides, coconut oil, natural flavors (no dairy).
  • The Tortilla Strips used by Chick-fil-A contain milk (lactose), so they have to be omitted from menu items, too, if special ordering dairy-free.

Chick-fil-A - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

More Details from Chick-fil-A

Allergen Disclaimer from Chick-fil-A: Due to the handcrafted nature of our food, variations in our supplier ingredients, and our use of shared cooking and preparation areas, we cannot ensure that our food is free from any allergens. We prepare our foods following procedures to prevent allergen cross-contact, but products containing wheat, egg, soy and milk are all made in our kitchens. There could be other potential allergens not addressed here. Please consult the ingredients on each product prior to consuming.

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Allergen Information:

* The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information.  Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation.  For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information.  If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products.  Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant.

Last Updated: March 4, 2021

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not the experience at the one I went to

Rated 3 out of 5
January 22, 2020

I have a verified allergy and they let things touch. Not comfortable ordering food at the one near me. (they also don’t advertise as being an allergy friend location either, I assume its also a shared fryer.)
Salads were also not highlighted on the menu when I went last year, the only option I saw that looked safe were these grilled chicken nugget things. I think the menus may be regional, some staff get trained on food allergies here (like starbucks and applebees) and some are not (johnny rockets). I’m also in a area that’s denied me service (even when there’s salad on the menu) because they weren’t comfortable with dealing with even low level food allergies. (I did not wait in line at chick fil a to find this out, that was another local restaurant so they may have someone willing to make it special in the back) Its just easier and less scary and embarrassing to go to a place with an allergen menu. 🙁

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So far so good

Rated 5 out of 5
January 22, 2020

Great place to eat.

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Favorite Fast Food Restaurant

Rated 5 out of 5
January 21, 2020

Chick fil a is my family’s favorite fast food restaurant. They handle food allergies very well. We have never had a cross-contamination issue, and we have eaten at several Chick fil as across the country. We especially enjoy the grilled chicken nuggets. They are very flavorful and tender. And of course we love the waffle fries and fresh lemonade. Last time we went there, I tried their new kale crunch salad that replaced the superfood salad. It’s very good, kind of like a kale coleslaw, and it’s dairy free.

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Helped me so much

Rated 5 out of 5
January 8, 2020

saved me from ordering a few things

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  1. jessica rice on

    I noticed that CFA finally is offering a grilled chicken egg, cheese sand on a english muffin. Does anyone know if the english muffin has milk? I am just recently diagnosed with a death milk allergy and IBS. After eating like this and feeling like crap all my life, it is very hard to avoid everything that I like to eat…I usually just go hungry most days. I wonder if they would take off the cheese and egg I could enjoy a muffin with a tiny piece of chicken in the mornings…I wish that restaurants were more upfront about what brands they are using, or how substitutions can be done to better serve customers like me. I am getting tired of waitresses sighing when I have to order special or ask about the ingredients.

    • It looks like the English muffin might be made without dairy. But you state a “death allergy.” I’m not sure what that means, but keep in mind there can be a high risk of cross-contamination in restaurants, which even varies by location with chains. You need to speak with the manager about their processes to ensure safety.

  2. Years ago had a breaded chicken sandwich at local Chick-fil-A. I had eaten this sandwich many other times, so thought nothing of it. I became extremely ill and in a lot of pain. I am lactose intolerant, so contacted the manager at the restaurant. He informed me that some, but not all Chick-Fil-A’s dip the chicken in milk, and then the breading. He apologized and offered me a free meal. I replied back, and suggested they post a sign next to the breaded chicken, to state it has milk as an ingredient. I doubt they ever did. I didn’t want their free meal, even though they have other items I could eat. After being that ill, I’ll never eat there again. I gave up eating out anyway, it’s just too much of a risk, plus I have IBS as well.

  3. I used to work at a chick fil a and we had a customer who’s son had a dairy allergy and she would request the fried nuggets without the milk wash since that’s the part that contains dairy. Of course the same fryer would be used but no milk was used on the chicken. Just an option to try for some.

  4. Chick-fil-A is my daughter’s favorite restaurant. She was recently diagnosed with a red meat allergy. I would like to know if the bacon is cooked where the grilled chicken. I was told that it was cooked in the fryer with the breaded chicken in the past

  5. Would love to know if there is a very big risk of CC for the grilled chicken nuggets or sandwich. I know they will glove change for an allergy but I wasn’t sure if the grilled chicken was cooked on a surface that may have cheese or something else on it.

    • It sounds like the chicken nuggets are cooked in a shared fryer (see the allergen notes & employee quote above). I wish I could give you a firm answer Kat, but I really can’t comment on CC risk as not only does it vary by restaurant chain, but also by location. They are often franchised or at least managed individually, so there is no way for me to know what procedures they follow for cross-contamination prevention. It’s best to speak with the manager onsite to find out how they handle it.

  6. My husband worked at a chickfila in a college eatery. They made their waffle fries in canola oil in one fryer and their breaded chicken in peanut oil in a separate fryer. So they are separated.

  7. A tip shared by Ann W. on Facebook that I wanted to share here -> Just wanted you to know a little trick I found while traveling… Chick Fil A has dairy free options, has a new ONE app that let’s you order from your car if you have little ones, and they usually have a playground at free standing restaurants so your kids can get their wiggles out after they have been in the car for hours traveling. They even have a Mom Valet service now where you can order from the drive through and then go in and eat if you have little ones if that works better for you. We ordered Grilled Chicken Nuggets, Fruit, and Apple Juice for my dairy free little one! It made it so much easier when traveling to have this option!

  8. I wonder if the wraps tortilla is made with milk, because if not and you get it made without cheese it’s really good. I’ve been trying to research it, if anyone knows please respond

    • Hi Tori, hard to find as Chick-fil-a doesn’t readily post their ingredients. It’s very, very rare for a tortilla to contain dairy, so odds are it is a go. They should have all of the ingredients at the restaurant (I would hope!) or at the least, should be able to look on the tortilla box they get in to verify for you.

      • Just as an fyi, the chicken is cooked in butter. Basically the only dairy free are the hash browns and oatmeal.

        • According to their allergen chart, the grilled chicken is not. Our list above is based on their allergen chart and does fortunately include much more! If you have direct information from them about using butter on all menu items, please do share! They will need to be reported then for their allergen misinformation.

  9. I’m reading the menu now and it says the butter flavored veg oil has partially hydrogenated soybean oil, palm kernel oil, lecithin, artificial flavor, TBHQ, and beta carotene

  10. The fries are made in their own fryer at most location. The manager assured me its dairy free. I’ve been enjoying them with no reaction.

  11. Has anybody tried their “icedream” cones? I’m not completly sure if lactose is in milk solids. Newbie here.

  12. Thank you for this. I did notice the CF website lists the coleslaw as having dairy. I think it is listed here as DF. Happy eating!

    • The coleslaw is dairy free; I know because they released the recipe!

      According to a press release, on January 18, 2016, they are taking coleslaw off the menu and replacing it with a SuperFood (kale) salad. We will post more information about the new salad’s ingredients as soon as we can. In the meantime, we can all make our own Chick-Fil-A coleslaw!

  13. It seems the new grilled chicken sandwich is now listed as DF on their allergen page 🙂

    As for the fries, these are the ingredients…
    Potatoes (vegetable oil [canola oil, palm oil], disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate [to promote color retention], dextrose), fully refined high oleic canola oil (TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylopolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent).

    So it looks like I can enjoy Chickfila with my partner (his favorite fast food place) again!

    • I’m not sure Angie. I checked their updated allergen menu and fries aren’t even on it! I would contact them directly. I’ve updated our post with new links.

  14. Breakfast burrito with sausage, no cheese is dairy free. I read the labels.on both the egg and sausage. They will also make it with grilled chicken instead of regular.

  15. Use caution with the grilled chicken…”butter flavor” is listed in the ingredients with no detail given as to what makes up the butter flavor. Just fyi = )