Chick-fil-A

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Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2018! Chick-fil-A is an American fast food chain that specializes in chicken sandwiches, and has more than 2000 restaurants in the U.S. 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)

  • Breakfast – Hashbrowns
  • Chicken – Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Nuggets
  • Sides – Waffle Fries, Fruit Cup, Superfood Side, Side Salad
  • Sauces – Chick-fil-A Sauce, Polynesian Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce, Barbecue Sauce, Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce
  • Salad Dressings – Light Italian, Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fat Free Honey Mustard, Chili Lime Vinaigrette, Creamy Salsa
  • Toppings – Harvest Nut Granola, Charred Tomato Crispy Red Peppers, Chili-Lime Pepitas
  • Miscellaneous – Applesauce, Gluten-Free Bun

Other Allergen Notes: Their gluten-free bun is currently free of dairy, nuts, and soy, but it does contain eggs. 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 of course, check at the restaurant to ensure your location practices this and that the food is safe for your needs.

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 dairy are all made in our kitchens.

Restaurant Website: www.chick-fil-a.com

Allergen Informationwww.chick-fil-a.com/-/media/Files/CFACOM/Allergens-PDFs/Allergens-2018-01-22.pdf

* 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: August 3, 2018

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

29 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

        • 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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 = )

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