My First Visit to Chick-fil-A: Read it and Weep

February 4, 2015   68 Comments

I have had many people tell me that Chick-fil-A is one of the healthiest fast food venues. There isn’t one in my town so I had never tried it.

Chick-fil-A Review

I was driving back at 1 PM from a television appearance and I realized I was hungry as I was passing – you guessed it – Chick-fil-A!

Hurray! I was short on time and I kept meaning to review it and share my findings. I went in, it smelled good, and I was excited to get a chicken sandwich so I ordered one and a coffee.

All set to taste this delicious grilled chicken that would curb my desire for a Big Mac forever!

This is what I received:

Ummmm, it is deep fried chicken and two pickles on white bread. Hey! I thought this was supposed to be healthy. Where is the lettuce, tomato, multi-grain roll and grilled chicken?

I looked up to see a photo of the chicken sandwich of my dreams hanging on the wall. What is this? The ol’ bait and switch?

I walked back up to the counter and inquired about the lettuce, tomato, multi-grain roll and grilled chicken only to be told that I hadn’t ordered it.


I ordered a “Classic” chicken sandwich instead of a “Grilled” chicken sandwich and the switch of that one word cost me 120 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 500 grams of sodium.

Oh dear.

I might have ordered the correct one if I had more time – but I ate it – and it was okay but not what I consider healthy.

The lesson here is to take your time and try to ensure that you get the healthiest option. It is harder than you think sometimes to be sure that you know what you are getting.

Read the menu! Don't be impatient like me.

Anyone else had ordering snafus? What do you order at fast food to stay on track?

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I love Chick-fil-a, was a fan of both the original and the grilled before going gluten free and occasionally get a salad when my husband has to have his Chick-fil-a fix.

Ours has pictures on the menu showing most items with the calorie counts. Wish they would include what has gluten and what is lower in sodium. Just symbols wod be great :)

I avoid fast food for this very reason. Fast food means fast ordering and I struggle when I gaze at the large menu on the wall. The cashier is staring at you waiting on you and the guy behind you is in a hurry...too much stress!!! And the drive thru can be even worse!!!

I like the grilled chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A, but I am not crazy about their multi-grain buns. So, I order the grilled chicken deluxe (with lettuce and tomato) on a regular bun. I still get the benefit of grilled over fried and I also enjoy the sandwich a whole lot more. :-)

As we all know, a large part of ordering healthy, whether at a fast food or sit-down restaurant, rests upon the consumer to read carefully and/or ask for what you want. Salad is not always the best option either. Planning ahead and checking nutritionals is so helpful. Check out for lots of restaurant nutritional information, including WW points.

I nearly gagged during my one and only visit to that horrible chicken joint. On top of that, they got my order wrong. Of course, I didn't discover their mistake until I was far from their location. The entire order actually smelled and tasted like it was cooked in rancid grease. Grease-Filled-A is a better name for it. Everything is overpriced, too.

I use to think Chik fi la was a good option. They have grilled chicken nuggets so I thought it's a perfect place to take my toddler for lunch. After eating the grilled chicken nuggets, fruit, milk and BBQ sauce he had an allergic reaction. He's not allergic to any of the items above so I knew it had to be something added to the chicken. I asked for the ingredient list in the chicken and BBQ sauce and I was shocked how many things were in the grilled chicken nuggets. It was too many to count. I have not been back and it really makes me question how healthy they really are.

Good morning-Check out if you want to find out what you are really eating when you eat Chik-fil-A.

I never hesitate to stop at chic fil a when I need it and order my favorite grilled chicken sandwich.I ask for extra pickles and when I get it, I ditch the bun and wrap the chicken breast and pickles in the generous lettuce leaves with a small amount of the honey roasted bbq sauce they give you with the sandwich. The pickles satisfy my need for crunch and salt so I can avoid the ridiculously yummy fries:)

Chic is the only fast food place I'll go to. I love their salads with the dressing on the side. They are always fresh.

Employees extremely polite too. That in itself is worth going! haha

I like the grilled chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A. It comes with some sort of honey roasted bbq sauce packet. I'm sure it adds some calories, but it makes it taste very satisfying to me.

I love Chick-fil-A, but I would never consider it to be healthy fare, nor would I say that of just about all dining out experiences. I have ordered the grilled chicken, and I've also had the salads. The ones I've gone to all have nutrition info posted when you order (can't say for sure about gluten because I don't pay attention to that). Since we eat fast food once every couple of months, I figure if I eat their fat laden fried chicken that seldom, I might as well enjoy the best their is. The thing I love the most about them is their staff/servers. When you say thank you, they say "my pleasure" and really truly make you feel as though they mean it. I stand behind the company as a whole, their values, their beliefs, and mostly that what I believe to be "good business practices". Doesn't mean something couldn't surface I disagree with, but on a whole, I believe they are the real deal.

Love Chic-fil A and yes you have to order correctly. I like the cobb salad with an order of grilled nuggets. I put the nuggets on the salad with oil and vinegar. Perfect and filling.

The new grilled chicken nuggets are amazing! Great flavor and a 12 pack (they are tiny bite sized) is only 5 Points Plus on WW! So those nuggets, with a side salad and the fat free honey mustard dressing is a dinner of only 8 points total! Can't beat it for fast food. It's my go to when I'm on the run.

I do love Chick Fil A, and have to force myself to not get the sweet tea. but I usually get the grilled chicken strips and a side salad and put lemon on instead of dressing. Now when I was pregnant it was a different story. Fried chicken is fried chicken ( never going to be super healthy) but I do like that when I give my kids chicken nuggets, I am confident it is chicken breast not some other concoction that includes chicken meat ( you know where it is so processed it has air bubble holes in the "meat" product. I also LOVE the service there

Oh I forgot to add to my post that the grilled chicken is prob VERY high in sodium.

I don't ordinarily go through the drive thru. As part of a customer sales team, we often travel as a pack and make stops in drive thru fast food places.

Besides coffee or water, here's my go tos

McD - yogurt parfait, egg mcM, apple & walnut salad, apple slices, salad w/asian sesame dressing & grilled chicken, grilled chix snacker, no cheese

Wendy's - chili, naked baked potato (top w/chili), salad

Dunkin' - oatmeal, english muffin w/PB, egg white sandwich

However, I always have my own snacks in my tote for when all else fails! I hate burgers so some places have no options for me.

All fast food is of low quality, low cost, and thus high profit grade. The game is to make profit not health. My opinion and I'm sticking to it. So nothing FF chains do will induce me to partake in their wares. I'm certainly not perfect but I try to make wise decisions with my nutrition intake each meal, planning is no. 1. :)

I love the grilled chicken wrap! It has some veggies with the chicken, and the wrap is tasty (although I'm not sure about how healthy it is). It satisfies all my needs...crunchy, soft, yummy. And if I'm good, I can eat it for 2 meals!

Fast food is what it is-yeah it's not great for you. But I think Chick-Fil-A (and Chipotle) offer the best of their class. Can't compare it to a homemade meal just like you don't compare a BMW and a Chevy. I love Chick-Fil-A's grilled chicken and fruit salad, and for a person on a diet, it's one of the few places that I can have multiple options rather than the same "side salad with a plan little burger" when we need to grab something on the go. Also, agree with a previous poster that our Chick-Fil-A posts all calorie values on the menu so you can pretty easily add up what you're getting.

As a member of the LGBT community, I boycotted Chik-fil-A years ago. They donate heavily to anti-equality causes. I realize that a company can donate to whatever cause they want. But I do not have to support them doing so. When I get fast food (which is rare) I try to pick a company which supports social causes I am okay with. Or doesn't support any.

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