Updated 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.
No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)
- 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.
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.
Restaurant Website: www.chick-fil-a.com
Allergen Information: www.chick-fil-a.com/nutrition-allergens
Last Updated: March 4, 2021
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not the experience at the one I went to
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. 🙁
So far so good
Great place to eat.
Favorite Fast Food Restaurant
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.
Helped me so much
saved me from ordering a few things