Of the various restaurants in this series, Chick-fil-A has been the most surprising for two reasons.
When I chose to cover Chick-fil-A, I didn’t expect to encounter these numbers: namely in their basic sandwich and sauces. Listed are the items that can work based on their carb to portion/protein ratio.
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Since fasting blood sugars are particularly sensitive, the breakfast menu items are too carb heavy to be safe. The one item that gives some leeway is the Hashbrown Scramble Bowl. It has 21g of carbs and 30g of protein, and it includes Jalapeno salsa. So you can nix the salsa and eat only a few of the hashbrowns and be close 15g of carbs.
Grilled chicken sandwiches are 36 carbs each, and fried chicken sandwiches are 40 carbs and above. The fried chicken is breaded, so halving the bun might not be enough to cut carbs, but it’s worth a try. Gluten free and multigrain buns are available upon request for all sandwiches, however their website doesn’t offer nutrition information for these options. In fact, their website isn’t as advanced/intricate as other fast food spots that allow you to fully customize any menu item.
Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap – 29 carbs
The Cobb Salad has 28 carbs, most of which come from the breading on the chicken and corn kernels. The Market Salad has 25 carbs, but they mostly come from the fruit and granola. Lastly, the Southwest Salad has 36 carbs that come mainly from the corn, black beans and tortilla strips.
None of the carbs in the salads include the dressings that accompany them. Thankfully, their dressings are mostly low carb EXCEPT for the Fat Free Honey Mustard and Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette that have 22 and 16 carbs, respectively. The other dressings are pretty reasonable in carbs.
Drinks & Treats
Unfortunately, the only winners here are Hot Coffee and Diet Sodas. Even the Iced Coffee has 26 carbs.