Chick-fil-A® News Update: Chick-fil-A Introduces New Kid's Meal

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Chick-fil-A Debuts One of the Most Nutritious Kid’s Meals in America

Already recognized by Men's Health magazine as having the “healthiest Kid's Meal in America,” Chick-fil-A is making its children's meals even more nutritious. Beginning Jan. 9, the restaurant chain will feature Grilled Nuggets as an entrée option for children and Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go applesauce to complement the chain's other healthier side alternatives, such as its Fruit Cup.

Overall, the fast food industry has made great strides in providing healthy side items for children, but Chick-fil-A is going a step further by introducing a healthy entrée. In fact, it is the first quick-service restaurant to offer a grilled entrée option in its Kid’s Meal, which will make the meal one of the most nutritious in the country.

Kid’s Meal Menu Improvements

  • Introduction of Grilled Nuggets
    • 4-count nuggets (80 calories, 1g fat ); 6-count nuggets (110 calories, 1.5g fat)
    • 100 percent all-breast meat chicken (not pre-formed meat)
  • Addition of all natural Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go applesauce
    • 60 calories, 0 grams of fat and equals one serving of fruit
    • Gluten free and contains 100 percent pure fruit
    • Complements the fruit cup, which has been on the menu since 2004 (Chick-fil-A was the first quick-service restaurant to offer a fruit cup)
    • Healthier choice available to kids at no extra cost
  • Improved beverage options
    • The chain is changing its children’s beverage line to only feature one percent milk, 100 percent apple juice, its signature freshly squeezed lemonade, and water as drink choices.
  • Nutritious Kid’s Meal combination
    • The Grilled Nuggets (4-count), Fruit Cup and one-percent milk Kid’s Meal option contains only 210 calories and 3 grams of fat – reflecting an 86 percent cut in fat grams and a 56 percent calorie reduction compared to its previous offerings
  • Additional offerings for gluten intolerant kids
    • Grilled Nuggets - a gluten-free entrée option
    • o Fruit Cup and Buddy Fruits® applesauce - two gluten-free side item options

Other Improvements Within the Overall Chick-fil-A Menu

  • Actively working to reduce sodium
    • 25 percent reduction in breads, 10 percent reduction in s dressings/sauces, 40 percent reduction in Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich, plus testing other items (25 percent reduction in Chick-n-Strips, 50 percent reduction in cheese)
  • Removed high fructose corn syrup from its chocolate milk, and some salad dressings and sauces
  • Removed trans fat from entire menu in 2008

Other Facts

  • Chick-fil-A’s chicken is 100 percent whole breast meat that is freshly breaded at each restaurant
  • Salads, wraps and side orders, and most other products are prepared fresh daily at the restaurant
  • Tea and lemonade are all natural; lemonade is freshly squeezed in each restaurant daily
  • 15 of Chick-fil-A’s 16 sandwich entrées have 500 calories or less

Good Nutrition + Values = Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals

Chick-fil-A’s Kid's Meals offer more than just food. They are dedicated to providing good nutrition and promoting good values to help children grow strong “inside and out.” Rather than offering a toy promoting the latest movie or television series, Chick-fil-A complements its quality children’s menu offerings with meaningful and fun tools that encourage interaction between children and their families. Even the printed bags include activities, games and facts that stimulate young minds and help plant the seeds of good values.