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

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Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2020! 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!

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

What’s New on the Dairy-Free Menu at Chick-fil-A!

January 2020 – The Kale Crunch Side replaces the Superfood Side, but don’t worry, it’s also dairy free!* This light and healthy option has a base of curly kale and green cabbage, and is tossed with an apple cider and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. It includes a package of salted, roasted almonds as an optional topping to give it that crunch. It falls under their “classic side” category, so it won’t include an upcharge when ordered as part of a meal.

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, Sunflower Multigrain Bagel, 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 without cheese, Grilled Cool Wrap without 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, Polynesian, Honey Mustard, Honey Roasted BBQ, Sweet & Spicy Sriracha
  • Salads – Market Salad without cheese, Side Salad without cheese

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
  • Sandwich Toppings – Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles
  • Salad Toppings – Apples, Bacon Crumbles, Black Beans and Corn, Blueberries, Chili-Lime Pepitas, Chopped Egg, Crispy Bell Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, Harvest Nut Granola, Roasted Corn, Roasted Nut Blend
  • Salad Dressings – Light Italian, Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fat Free Honey Mustard, Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Creamy Salsa

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).
  • 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.

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

* 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: January 4, 2020

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not the experience at the one I went to

3.0 rating
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. 🙁

Liz

So far so good

5.0 rating
January 22, 2020

Great place to eat.

TK

Favorite Fast Food Restaurant

5.0 rating
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.

Sarah Hatfield

Helped me so much

5.0 rating
January 8, 2020

saved me from ordering a few things

margaret

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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.

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  1. I just went to Chick-fil-a today and noticed that they have their grilled chicken sandwich now on a brioche bun. When I asked, it does indeed contain milk now. I’m so disappointed because that takes down what meal I can order unaltered to one–the grilled nuggets.

    • Hi Ginger, good news – it looks like the grilled chicken sandwich is still dairy-free and the multigrain brioche bun is dairy-free! I just updated this page with their current allergen and ingredient information. The brioche bun isn’t made with butter like classic ones.