Disclosure: I was invited to a special tasting at a local Chick-Fil-A. I was provided with products to taste to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.
Chick-fil-A® is introducing a new lineup of grilled chicken entrees that will give the chain one of the most nutritious and expansive grilled menus across the quick-service industry. On April 14, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain officially rolled out three new entrees that I had the privilege of trying: the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, and Grilled Nuggets – in an ongoing effort to provide more flavorful and “craveable” grilled options for its nutrition-minded customers.
To be perfectly honest, I have never been a fan of grilled chicken from anywhere–it’s just always so dry and tasteless. I also never tried Chick-Fil-A’s previous grilled recipe. So, when I went to this tasting, I was not expecting to walk away an actual FAN of grilled chicken! Well, Chick-Fil-A’s version, anyway.
The thing that surprised me the most was how MOIST and flavorful the chicken was. It was really good–delicious, in fact.
Chick-Fil-A’s new grilled recipe was 10+ years in the making, and in order to get the authentic “outdoor grill” taste, they even designed their own proprietary grill. Their unique technique creates a tender, juicy filet with just the right amount of smoky flavor.
Check out the new grilled items below. I tried to capture the moisture and flavorings in each picture I took, so that you can see just how yummy these new grilled flavors really are.
Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich: The Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a boneless, 100 percent pure breast meat chicken, marinated with a special blend of seasonings, and grilled for a tender and juicy backyard-grilled taste. It is served on a new toasted, multigrain bun with green leaf lettuce and tomato, and served with a side of Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce. It is priced starting at $4.29 with just 320 calories and 5 grams of fat, making it one of the most nutritious grilled entrees in the quick-service industry.
I could seriously not stop eating. It was SO moist and delicious… and the bun! I loved the bun. It really added “oomph” to the whole sandwich.
Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich: Building on the improvements of the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, the Club adds a kick of flavor with Colby-Jack Cheese and Applewood smoked bacon. It is priced starting at $5.49 and has 440 calories and 14 grams of fat.
I did not get a picture of this one because I could not taste it. Unfortunately, bacon and I are no longer friends. *insert sad face* However, I brought one home for my husband to taste, and he said it was moist, and very tasty. He was also a fan of the new bun.
Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets: Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets, which were first introduced in 2012 as a Kid’s Meal entree, have been reinvented and offer the new grilled flavor in bite-sized pieces of pure boneless breast of chicken that are great as a meal or a snack. Customers can order Grilled Nuggets in 8-count (140 calories, 3 fat grams) or 12-count (200 calories, 4.5 fat grams) with their choice of dipping sauce. Grilled Nuggets are made without gluten-containing ingredients and are free of trans fats, with prices starting at $3.79 and $5.59, respectively.
Again, I was shocked at how moist and yummy these little guys were. I was also able to provide a sample to my 10 year old, and she said that they were tasty too. She was surprised that they were not dry.
My daughter was also very excited to find out that the fruit cup now has blueberries!! Yum!
The new grilled flavors are also available in Chick-Fil-A’s delicious salads, and their scrumptious Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap. This wrap is my new favorite menu item. It is SO good. Don’t even get me started on the Avocado Lime Ranch dressing. You have to try this wrap–and the Avocado Lime Ranch dressing is good on anything. I use it for nugget dip, mayo for the sandwiches, and on the grilled chicken sandwich too. I LOVE the stuff!
Ahem, sorry, I was having a moment. Let’s move on… Check these out…
And my favorite of the new grilled delights…
“Chick-fil-A is more committed than ever to providing our customers with a ‘menu of choice’ that not only tastes great, but is great for them,” Farmer added. “Whether our customers are counting carbs, fat or calories, or eating food made without gluten-containing ingredients, we offer a number of menu options to suit their dietary needs and preferences. To keep them informed, we make our nutritional information easily accessible for all guests, including an online meal calculator, calorie counts posted on our menu boards, nutrition panels and pamphlets in our dining rooms, and order-specific nutrition information printed on receipts by request.”
Oh, and one more thing that is VERY good news for me: On Feb. 11, Chick-fil-A announced that it will serve chicken raised without antibiotics in all its restaurants nationwide within five years. The move marked the first time a quick service restaurant has committed to a 100 percent “raised without antibiotics” standard for poultry. YAY!