When you think of establishments to eat at when you have dietary restrictions, fast food restaurants are usually a big, fat NO. Even if you order a sandwich with no bun, there’s a very good chance the burger has been cooked in (or the chicken sandwich has been marinated in) soy or vegetable oil (which contains soy). The same goes for fries. We don’t regularly eat at fast food places to begin with and even less since Nikki’s diet change. Sometimes, you’re in a pinch, especially when traveling. Or you’re just craving something different. That’s what happened a few weeks ago when trying to decide what to eat for dinner several Fridays ago.
Our mom suggested Chick-fil-A several times. We figured they cooked the grilled chicken in soy. After several minutes, Nikki decided she’d look up their allergen menu online. The menu has this important statement at the top:
“Chick-fil-A cooks in 100% refined peanut oil. According to the FDA, highly refined oils, such as hig0hly (sic) refined soybean and peanut oil, are not considered major food allergens and therefore are not listed here. 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. Please consult the ingredients of each product prior to consuming.”
The menu is broken down with allergens horizontally and foods vertically. It’s very easy to read and find out what you can eat. The Grilled Chicken Nuggets are not only gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free, but they’re also egg, tree nut-, and wheat-free. The same goes for their trademark waffle fries. Score!
I don’t know if you guys have fancy Chick-fil-A’s like the one near us, but ours just got a makeover. It now has two drive thru lines. They also have a person in each line that takes your order via iPad. When we got to our person, we asked what the Grilled Chicken Nuggets were cooked in. The employee asked someone via walkie talkie. The answer: refined peanut oil. Nikki also asked for their famous Polynesian sauce. According to the allergen menu, it’s also free of allergens. Nikki was 99% sure that the delicious nectar actually contained soy, despite what the menu says.
After we got our food, Nikki immediately pulled a container of Polynesian sauce out. “I knew it!” proclaimed my sister as she read the second ingredient. Hopefully this saves you from disappointment if you can’t have soy.
According to the Chicken Wire, the Grilled Chicken Nuggets are marinated with lemon, garlic, sea salt, and herbs. The verdict: “they’re yummy!”
Side note: I ordered the Chicken Sandwich and Waffle fries. Apparently, I only posted it to Instastory and didn’t save the photo. Welp.
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