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September 29, 2010 by  
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If you think there’s nothing GF here except the salad- you’re wrong. We steered clear of this place after first going GF because we were sure it would be dangerous, but we were happily mistaken.

Their website claims that their waffle potato fries are actually GF, since all Chick-Fil-A’s apparently have a separate fryer for those. Also Gluten Free – their grilled chicken sandwich without the bread and grilled chicken salad. A few of the other sides are also GF – cole slaw, fruit cup, carrot raisin salad and side salad. On the breakfast gluten free list are eggs, bacon, sausage and hash browns.

Not on the menu – they will give you chicken nuggets or strips GRILLED instead of breaded and fried if you ask for them, which can make for a great GF kid’s meal there.

Click on Nutrition and Health and then Gluten Info.

Use their restaurant locator to find one near you.

Note: Many people have reported after reading this that Chick-Fil-A has told them that the location they checked with reported that the fried chicken is made with peanut oil, the grilled chicken uses no oil and the waffle french fries are now fried in canola oil. Speak to the management of the location near year you if you have a peanut allergy.

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22 Responses to “Chick-fil-A”
  1. Erin says:

    We LOVE our local Chick-fil-A. The manager has made sure that the employees are well educated on food allergies. Once I let them know that we need gluten free food, they “flag” our ticket for gluten allergy to alert the cooks to change gloves, clean their work surfaces, and be aware of cross-contamination. I have been to other Chick-fil-A’s where the employees were not aware of the food allergy protocol but were happy to accomodate me once I explained how our food had to be prepared and the work surfaces, utensils, and gloves must be changed.

  2. Shari says:

    Beware if you also have a problem with dairy. Their salads are pre-made and if you order without cheese, they try to remove it.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Awesome!!!! I often steer clear of “fast food” places because I find they rarely have GF items on the menu. I once got burned when I ordered something from a well known restaurant they claimed was GF. This is great to know that more places are providing alternatives!

  4. Jennifer says:

    What a GREAT post! Thank you! I just called our local Chik Fil A to double check that they do that, and he even said they’ve switched from the peanut oil for the fries. He couldn’t remember what they use now, but they don’t use peanut oil for the fries anymore. (not sure if that is nationwide, this is Loveland, CO,) but for those w/ peanut allergies, might check. They still cook the fried chicken in the oil.

    OH, you just made my kids week…after pay day! Thank you!

  5. Katrina says:

    Everytime we go to Chick-fil-A we have a wonderful experience. No matter how busy they are, they make sure and walk over to the people filling the order to make sure they know the special requirements. This has happened at each one we have been to – not just one. I just wish we had one where I live, would make going out to eat a lot easier!

  6. Jennifer says:

    oh, but take your own ranch b/c if I remember, the ranch is not safe……(we use ranch, not catsup)

  7. Erin says:

    I went to the Chick-fil-A in my town (Fort Wayne) and told them I had celiac and wondered if anything was gluten free… Their response? “I wouldn’t eat anything here then…” I sat and watched my kids eat and have not been back. Perhaps I should call the manager to see what is up…

  8. Nancy says:

    Jennifer- They have 15 sauces and dressings on their gluten free list including Ranch Dressing. Click the nutrition link above for the list.

  9. Linda Marcy says:

    ARE you SURE? in the ingredient list they post MSG in all their chicken products. MSG is very likely made from WHEAT. Not everyone knows or understands this so would think they are GF.

  10. Rosemary Giordano says:

    Linda – MSG cannot contain wheat or gluten if it is made in the USA. The food standards (the Codex Alimentarius) has been changed and in the USA MSG can only come from sugar beets. Another example is “food starch”. In the USA , food starch MUST be corn starch, however in a foreign country it can mean wheat starch. You only need to worry if the MSG or starch comes from a foreign country – esp Asia. Not all countries adhere to the Codex.

    Glutamate is not the same as gluten. Glutamate is an amino acid. However some people are allergic to MSG.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Nancy! I know last year it wasn’t ok, but that’s awesome if it is now. Thank you. Or maybe it wasn’t ok b/c of the MSG (i can’t handle MSG regardless of whether it contains gluten or not…) Anyway, thanks again. Very excited. We’ll go get some fries, milkshakes, and let the kids climb in the play area. It will be lovely!

  12. Nicki says:

    SO glad to hear they will do grilled nuggets or strips if asked! I do GF because it helps my anxiety but my son is allergic to egg whites so most chicken nuggets are out for both of us. Glad to hear this. I’ll have to take a stroll through there and check with ours to make sure.

  13. S. Meyer says:

    It’s great that they would have a few gluten free items. Now if they would just stop cooking in peanut oil or at least post that there is peanut oil in usage in bigger print. I ended up in the ER from eating there because I didn’t see the fine print at the drive thru that peanut oil was used.

  14. Carl says:

    @ Erin. Perhaps you should just stay at home – this is a fast food joint!

  15. Charles says:

    BTW- Chick-fil-A recently started cooking their Waffle Fries in Canola Oil, which is great!

  16. Emily B says:

    After reading this I went there for dinner tonight and asked for chicken nuggets, not breaded and grilled. I was told it they couldn’t do it. I asked for a manager, explained the issue and he told me it was impossible.

  17. Nancy says:

    Emily-I am so surprised to read your comment! We have had no issues with that order in several different states and neither has anyone else I have heard of. I wonder if that manager is familiar with the fact that they have a Gluten Free menu online?

  18. Nancy says:

    Here are comments from the Facebook page on this post:

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    Jennifer Peters AWESOME! Thank you!!!! I love the waffle fries and it’s fantastic to know they are done in a separate fryer. YAY.
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    Denise Garcia I’m impressed for a fast food place!
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    Dawn Lombardi Lindsey Good to know since I love their fries! Thanks for the info.
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    Alejandra Riverós Ruley Funny I haven’t ate there since 2007 because I always thought they didn’t have GF stuff
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    Kandis Wagner I have had the fries and the chicken sandwich with no bun, they are very good!!!
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    Jennifer Igliori Kerrigan That’s great! Now only if Chicago had Chick-fil-A
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    Erin Steinberg cool
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    Jennifer Carabine That’s awesome. Their waffle fries are amazing!
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    Marty Veltkamp Checked out their allergen info. I didn’t get past the part where they use peanut oil. Not taking that risk for my grandson, or myself for that matter. even though they say it’s safe!
    Wednesday at 8:32am · LikeUnlike ·
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    Gloria Sanchez Thanks! Only thing they are not peanut free, my son has peanut allergy and they dont have it posted anywhere in restaurant that they use peanut products in their products. If it wasnt for a friend of mine who told me I would never know. We love their food too.
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    Doreen A Novak yes but are the prep and cooking areas seperate? If u prepare gluten free foods next to an area that has bread and flour, for example, there will be cross contamination.
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    Kyra Gelyastanova great to know! thanx! now I can go in for something other than their awesome peach milkshakes!
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    Elizabeth Bivens ‎:) This was one of the hardest things for my daughter to give up. We do order a grilled chicken breast for her and fries. It is less expensive to just order the chicken as a side rather than as a sandwich without the bun if you don’t want the lettuce and tomato too. I didn’t know we could order the nuggets without breading. I’ll have to see what she thinks about that!
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    Gluten Freeville I’ve had this review posted for many months. Sorry so many have missed it. Take a look at other restaurant info to see what else there is there. ~nancy http://glutenfreeville.com/category/restaurant-reviews
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    Shari Regan Beware if you also have a problem with dairy, the salads are pre-made & they try to remove the cheese if you request no cheese.
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    Gluten Freeville ‎@Doreen- each restaurant is different as are the levels of understanding by each set of employess. You can talk to the manager at your location and see how safe you feel. We’ve eaten at many, many locations and never had an issue. ~nancy
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    Alexis Selby Carrico That is true, but if you take a look at their ingredients every item on their menu except fresh salad has MSG in it. If your not sure of the badness of MSG go to http://www.pubmed.com an type in MSG or monosodium glutamate and see for yourself.
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    Krista Stevens I always get my son just a grilled chicken filet, minus bun, and waffle fries. Never had a problem with it. Thank goodness, because he loves it!
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    Elizabeth Bivens They only use peanut oil in the fryer for breaded chicken. They fry the potatoes in canola oil, at least at the two we go to in Phoenix. And the grilled chicken isn’t fried, so no peanut oil there.We found out our daughter is allergic to peanuts at the same time we found out she is allergic to wheat.
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    Tracy Bartlett Clearwater LOVE Chick-fil-A!!!! One of the few restaurants I feel safe feeding my 10 yr old daughter at. NOW ONLY TO GET ONE IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Sandi Eckenrode Harris thank you Alexis as I am one who has to also avoid MSG
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    Jennifer Peters Hey, those of you w/ the problems with Peanut Oil, I just called my local store to verify that they use a separate fryer and they also told me they’ve just gone to new oil for the fries! (still use the peanut oil on the chicken) but a different oil for the fries. Might call your store, check, might need find out if they have sanatized or changed out the fryers, and or their steps to avoid xcontaimnation, but they are trying to make their fries more allergy friendly.
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    Katrina McDowell Chick-fil-A is great! We have never had a problem when we go there. They always make sure and walk over to the person filling the order to let them know special requirements even if they are super busy! Just wish we had one where I live.
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    Leah Kaiser Wish we had one in Montana…we love Chick-Fil-A and have to get our fill whenever we travel!
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    Jim Snider I understand people have varying degrees of issues with Celiac but, the information posted on here is for general information. If you know yourself or loved ones and can’t eat there then don’t. There is no reason to get on here and complain and nit pick.
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    Christine Lester Forbes I do the grilled chicken “strips” for my son, and it makes me so happy that they will even put it in the same box and kids meal bag for him. He feels like he fits in that way. I ♥ Chick fil a and Chipotle for fast gf eating. :)
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    Elsa Elder At our Chick-fil-A, I order the 8 piece nugget meal Grilled and tell them to red flag my meal as Gluten Free. This way they all know. I always have to wait about 5 extra minutes for my meal because they make it fresh to ensure it is GF!
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    Rodger Tellefson But, I am a vegetarian/vegan; Oh well.
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    R Scott Johnson btw, even tho I don’t eat there, Chicago now has 1-2 new Chick-Fil-A locations as of last week.
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    Carla A Garcia Thank you for posting this article!
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    Amanda Rosenow reallly? who is going to try them?
    Wednesday at 8:55am · LikeUnlike ·
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    Jamie Jo Brown good to know on the gluten, but it looks like they have ZERO dairy free options :(
    Wednesday at 8:56am · LikeUnlike ·
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    Jesse Riddle Well it is still GMO, and GH filled food.
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    Molli Hadley Varga no fastfood is GF, the workers are clueless..contamination is everywhere…
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    Karen Fugate Petrey My husband has celiac but he eats at our local chic fil quite often and has no problems. They will make a bacon,egg and cheese breakfast bowl and hashbrowns. He can also eat the grilled chick sandwich …they put it in a bowl …..we love them
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    Cindi Strobel Yay Chick fil-A!! Except we don’t have any near us….
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    Gayle Provost wow! This si cook! Thanks for sharing it!
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    Kristen Spencer Papageorge Thanks for posting the article! I wouldn’t have thought about the peanut oil, unless someone brought it up. Good to know they are trying to go allergy free!
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    Marty Veltkamp I guess for me it’s a moot point as there isn’t even a Chick-fil-A in the whole state of Montana that I’m aware of. :o )
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    Kyrilyn Stanbridge Nice to know…
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    Rebecca Utsler Wilson watch out here though! Staff are not trained well enough! After talking to the manager/cashier about GF I was told I could get a grilled chicken sandwich, wrapped in lettuce. I ordered it and was given a fried sandwich! When I brought it back (after my daughter had already eaten a bite of it) they were very rude. Too many chances for cross contamination in this place (at least where I live).
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    Carin Myles Burns yes, their fries are now done in Canola Oil
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    Molli Hadley Varga To claim something is GF then the staff should be fully trained and aware of contamination issues. Getting even a trace amount of gluten will make my two celiac sons very,very sick… until then I can’t trust them, I wish they would take it more seriously…
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    Tamara Hill Weaver
    We love Chick-fil-A, we eat there often and don’t have any problems. I think it’s important to remember that as Celiacs, we accept the risk when we decide to eat out. I am grateful that there are restaurants still willing to list items tha…t are gluten free…in this litigious society,
    they could easily take the easy way out and say nothing is gluten free.See More
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    Liza Sauls This is one of the few quick meals we can get, love the waffle fries and can get the grilled chicken “protein style”.
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    Amanda Rosenow who wants to try this
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    Valerie DeJongh my daughter (now 14) is VERY sensitive to gluten (instant red cheeks if eaten). We have never had a problem at the Texas Chick-Fil-A’s.
    LOVE their grilled chicken fruit salad (GF) and their fries!!
    THANK YOU CHICK-FIL-A !!!!!!!!!
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    Kyra Gelyastanova ok, reality check- the nutrition info says the chargrilled chicken contains maltodextrin… therefore, I cannot really consider it “gluten-free” :/
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    Carol Foran Olson Mmmm…reality check..maltodextrin in the US is made from corn. We love Chick-fil-a! It’s the only place my daughter can get a kid’s meal – grilled nuggets. The ladies at the counter for lunch know us and start red-flagging before I even open my mouth.
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    Carrie Brendel thats amazing
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    Suzanne Morris I have had good experiences with Chik-fill-a since going gluten free. Fast food is always “dicey” for issues of cross-contamination, but this fast food chain seems to come the closest to “getting it.” I am dairy intolerant as well and have had no issues with their plain chicken breast or fries.
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    Barbara J Tobin good to know my family love the sauce
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    Jennifer Myles My neice started working at Chick-fil-A this summer. She was excited to tell us that she was trained about separate fryer and cook space for GF since she knows my daughter is. Like anything and anyplace you have to check it out locally and decide whom you trust.
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    Wendy Mc Cracken Linhart Their chicken sandwich is one of my biggest losses since my diet change to GF. However I have adapted so that I can still eat there, which was just tonight, had the grilled chicken breast – no bun, and french fries. Glad to read that I can ask for strips now too. Thanks for the info!!
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  19. Kylie says:

    I was just diagnosed with a thyroiditis, and because i wanted to get off this lifetime perscription my doctor took a test for natural things that could possibly help my condition. So, i was put on a gluten intolerant program where i am not allergic, just trying to stay away from it. I REALLY miss Chick-fil-a, i loved their good greasy, fried foods. But now that i realize how that type of food can effect my health, i am loosing weight and happily eating the grilled chicken (without the bun of course)! This website really helped!

  20. ALICIA says:

    Just know if you have an allergy to SOY or MSG then this is NOT your place! I can only eat their fries or fruit cup!! I got terribly ill after eating there. Even after I was assured there were no soy or msg!! I went home and pulled up detailed ingredient listings on their webstand voila! I sent a message to them and they responded with an apology and offered coupons. I declined since I don’t want to eat just fries and fruit for lunch.

  21. Nicole says:

    I can now have waffle fries since they are cooked in canola oil!!! I, too, got very sick after eating a bite of my daughter’s chicken strips.

  22. Sean says:

    Shari – As a Senior Team Leader at a Chick-fil-A, I can tell you that if you order a salad or wrap (or any other item on our menu for that matter) without cheese, we are required by CFA standards and by health code/food safety laws to make that item fresh; we do not remove cheese from an existing salad and sell it to you. If you find out that a restauraunt is doing this, however, please contact the owner/operator or CFA corporate, as it’s a food saftey hazard. Thanks for dining with us!

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