The ketogenic diet is becoming one of the most popular approaches to eating throughout the US. And that means that, whether people are on a temporary keto plan to lose weight or they aim to make it a sustainable long-term lifestyle, the food industry has had to answer to this rising demand with more keto-friendly choices.
As a diet that focuses on overall low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat consumption, keto actually leaves some room for fast food – as long as you can find items that are low in carbs and sugars (two of the big keto no-nos). That means no grains or bread, no food or beverages that are high in sugar, and avoiding most fruits and some starchy vegetables.
We’re making the search easy and letting you in on all of the keto-friendly menu options at one of America’s favorite fast food chains: Chick-fil-A. If you’re a chicken sandwich or nugget lover who’s following a keto lifestyle, you’ve got some solid options that allow you to indulge in a quick and tasty meal or snack that’ll keep your net carb intake in range. Here’s everything you can order on the menu.
Keto food and drinks available on the Chick-fil-A menu
On a keto diet, carbs and sugar are the main things to avoid, which means that the bread, processed snacks, sugary baked goods, and (unfortunately) the fries you’ll find on the Chick-fil-A menu are all off-limits. But ingredients like eggs, meat, and most dairy products are fair game, which is good news if you’re driving through a Chick-fil-A.
The fast food chain offers a fairly flexible menu, with a plethora of different protein options for most of their entrees and meals – making it easy to sub out anything breaded and fried for a grilled keto-friendly chicken or other non-breaded protein. Most of their breakfast can be easily modified to be keto, along with a few of their entree sandwiches and salads.
The keto diet generally requires you to count the net carbs that you consume per day, so that you can assure you’re keeping your body in a ketogenic state and burning fat instead of carbs. However, that exact threshold is a little different for everyone – so to determine what constitutes “low carb” at Chick-fil-A, we’re basing the numbers on the assumption that most people will need to keep their net carbs to under 50 grams per day, meaning a meal shouldn’t surpass around 18 total grams of carbs.
We know that obvious items like breaded chicken and sugary milkshakes are out, so the key is to find menu items that are either free from, or can be easily modified to remove, high-carb ingredients like bread and grains – but that are also low in sugar and don’t pack in hidden additives.
Here’s everything that made the cut as a keto-friendly order (along with any necessary modifications) at Chick-fil-A.
|Breakfast Items||Necessary Modifications|
|Egg White Grill||No english muffin|
|Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffin||No english muffin|
|Sausage, Egg & Cheese Muffin||No english muffin|
|Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit||No biscuit|
|Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit||No biscuit|
|Hash Brown Scramble Bowl||Grilled filet or sausage|
No hash browns
|Grilled Breakfast Filet|
|Side of Egg|
|Side of Cheese|
|Entree + Salad Items||Necessary Modifications|
|Grilled Chicken Sandwich||No bun|
|Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich||No bun|
|Cobb Salad||Grilled filet or grilled nuggets|
|Snacks + Sides||Necessary Modifications|
|Kale Crunch Salad||Sub keto-friendly dressing|
|Sauces + Dressings||Necessary Modifications|
|Garden & Herb Ranch Sauce|
|Zesty Buffalo Sauce|
|Creamy Salsa Dressing|
|Light Italian Dressing|
|Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing|
|Freshly-Brewed Iced Tea Unsweetened|
The original Chick-fil-A Nuggets are not keto-friendly since they’re breaded and fried; however the fast food chain also offers Grilled Nuggets on the menu, which are not breaded and only contain 1 gram of carbohydrates.
Unfortunately, Chick-fil-A does not offer lettuce wrapped options for any of their sandwiches or wraps. Most of their breakfast or grilled chicken items can be ordered without the bun or bread to be made keto-friendly.
Yes, Chick-fil-A’s Cobb Salad can easily be ordered to be a keto-friendly meal option. Simply choose grilled filet or grilled nuggets as the protein option, and remove the corn if avoiding. All of the other ingredients are keto-friendly, and the salad comes with Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing which is also a low-carb option.