Monday, January 9, 2012

Chick-fil-A Introduces New Gluten Free Kid's Meal Today (& Giveaway)

Chick-fil-A Debuts One of America’s Most Nutritious Kid’s Meals (and it's Gluten Free)!

Keep reading for a giveaway from Chick-fil-a.

Chick-fil-A is one of the very few fast food restaurants that my family visits.  I have safely had the grilled chicken salad and fries (be sure your restaurant has a dedicated fryer) without issue for several years.  The problem though has been when I take my kids and they want chicken nuggets (not GF).  It's pretty difficult to keep my salad GF while helping the kids with their breaded nuggets.  We'll, seems like that problem is now solved.
Below is from the press release.
Starting today, Chick-fil-A is taking another step in continuing to address the issue of childhood obesity by debuting one of the nation's most nutritious kid's meals. In recent months, many fast food chains have updated their side options in an attempt to offer healthier children's menu items. Chick-fil-A instead is concentrating on making the entrée healthier by adding Grilled Chicken Nuggets as an alternative for children. The move marks the first time a national fast food chain has offered a grilled entrée as part of a children's menu. The chain also is enhancing its side choices, adding Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go applesauce as a complement to the Fruit Cup option Chick-fil-A added to its menu in 2004. And, the chain is removing drinks with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from its children’s beverage line and promoting one-percent milk, 100-percent apple juice, its signature freshly squeezed lemonade and water as drink choices.

Additional information on Chick-fil-A's new Kid's Meal offerings: Introduction of Grilled Nuggets:
  • These gluten-free Grilled Nuggets are made from a boneless, skinless breast of chicken tumbled in a salt and pepper spice blend and then grilled to perfection. The four count is only 80 calories and 1 gram of fat, while the six count contains 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. 
  • Addition of Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go: Apple Cinnamon: Each squeezable fruit pouch is gluten free, all natural and contains 100 percent pure fruit. It is 60 calories, 0 grams of fat and equals one serving of fruit. Improved beverage options: 
  • Drinks with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are being removed from the Kid’s Meal beverage choices. Children's drink choices now include one-percent milk, 100 percent apple juice and freshly squeezed lemonade (30 percent DV vitamin C). 
Please leave a comment below about your favorite Gluten Free thing in Raleigh (can be a grocery store, restaurant, bakery, mostly inactive informational blog, support group, etc...).  I'll pick 5 random winners so please leave your email address (or email me).

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Zach said...

Like you I have had good luck with the Chargrilled Fillet (no bun) and the Potato Fries, both locally and in the Atlanta Airport where they assured me they cooked nothing with them. One time locally though it took three times to make me a Fillet, they kept putting it in a bun until the manager stepped in. They did not make any money on me that evening.

Clair Claiborne

Jenni said...

I haven't tried chick fil a yet but will have to stop in and check on my local location's fryer status - used to be my top fast food place before I had to go GF.

My favorite place in Raleigh for GF eating is Outback steakhouse, they have a ton of options so I don't feel restricted at all. Their staff is also well trained on handling GF customers - they know the menu well, and the runners are always careful to note to me whenever they serve food that it is a GF plate, which helps me feel reassured that they pay attention throughout my meal prep.

Jessica E. said...

This is great news! I wish they'd make these nuggets an option for the "adult" meals too, but until then I may be that lady in the drive through ordering a "kid's meal" for an invisible child :-)

I'm actually in GSO, but I've found the whole Gluten free in NC network of blogs very useful and informative since going GF last year. Thank you!

Zach said...

Ya'll need to leave me your email address or email it to me in order to win the giveaway!

David Hylton said...

Having trouble getting it to post, so my apologies if this is duplicated chik fil a is awesome for those of us in the GF community. I just get the fillet and fries seperately and avoid having to explain why I want a sandwich without a bun. Also, try the protein style burgers at red robin. Almost better than a bun. But I have heard that some RR in the Midwest have started offering GF buns and that it is working it's way corporate wide

David Hylton said...

Btw, my email is

Gluten Free Gal said...

I have yet to try Chick-fil-A for I was worried about cross-contamination. Have you had any problems? I don't live in Raleigh, but it would be a great place to visit!

MMF said...

This is great news! My child just diagnosed with celiac and nobody else in the family has it so its a steep learning curve. SO GLAD at least one fast food has a GF kids meal,for the busy moms. Will try soon at the I40 Jordan Lake exit location and let you know how it goes.

Lauren said...

The Flying Saucer!

ufg8trj said...

I've never been to Raleigh, but I would love to get there eventually. I am thrilled that I can now eat at chick fil a. I used to love their nuggets. it won't be the same, but at least I now have something to go with their great fries!!

Beverly said...

A friend who's daughter has Celiac's has her ChikFilA trained :) They have been taking a grilled breast and cutting it into "nuggets" for her. Glad to see that an anti obesity move has benefited the GF world. Bella Monica's...awesome food AND awesome attention to the GF patron! neusebrats(at)aol(dot)com

jennO said...

Our favorite is zpizza, napoli pizza on gf crust :D

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