Dear Chick-Fil-A, Straight or Gay, this Ingredient List is NOT OK

Chick-fil-A Ingredients Trump Sexual Preference Issues

The recent Chick-fil-A controversy has overlooked an important matter. Though chicken is slightly healthier than beef, fast food chicken is no health food.

Here’s the ingredient list for the no frills standard Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich:

Chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached flour {bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, whole powdered egg and nonfat milk solids], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickle (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, lactic acid, calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1).


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  • lisa lisa

    Y’all left out the caloric and fat content!

  • Thomas Townsend

    Seriously ? You must have a Bone to Pick on the CF Agenda cause they have way more Nutritious items on their menu than this one you picked to demonize. How about the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich or their Salads & Wraps ? I can see why you used the Straight or Gay line in your Title for your post;, to get yet another rise on the sensationalism associated with it. Generally, I like your site and you put out great information however, let’s cut the crap and keep the Politics outta of this.

    • Brandon

      They picked it because it’s their signature sandwich that everyone gets.

  • Jonathan

    @ttownsend:disqus , I think they chose this product because it’s the staple of Chick-fil-A’s menu and I’m sure is one of, if not the most popular option. Of course a salad won’t have an ingredient list as lengthy or suspect as this one. But the vast majority of people who go to Chick-fil-A don’t order a salad. Similarly with a place like McDonald’s; it’s great that they offer apple slices and other healthy options. But most people are going to get a Big Mac or Chicken McNuggets.

    I think Fooducate should be commended for reminding people that even though the controversy is focused on gay rights, we should remember that at the end of the day, Chick-fil-A is not a good choice from a health standpoint, no matter what political stance the company’s president has.

    • nnn

      Even the salads are coated with some suspect chemicals.

  • Darryl Miglio

    You make a great point:

    “It’s about REDUCING calorie intake, not increasing it. The food industry needs to sell us less, not more.”

    Well, half a great point.
    The food industry is not reponsible for us buying more than we should. It is our reponsibility to eat less not some one else’s responsibility to sell less.

  • James Cooper

    Stop wasting our time with implications that MSG is in any way harmful. It simply isn’t true. It is naturally occurring and everyone eats it. In fact, double blind studies show that even those claiming an MSG allergy are in fact not allergic to it.

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  • Joanna

    I’m glad someone finally said this! So many of my organic enthusiast and locavore friends dropped their usual convictions to support Chick Fil A. That’s fine if you want to support that (cause I believe in free speech), but don’t be too distracted you forgot what you know about healthy eating!

  • Cactus Wren

    The Food Lab at Serious Eats has worked out how to replicate the Chick-Fil-A sandwich at home with far fewer ingredients: chicken, milk, egg, flour, salt, sugar, MSG, black pepper, cayenne, paprika, and brine the living shit out of it (six hours) before you bread it and fry it in peanut oil.

  • Cassie Hale

    Well, I think most people know fried chicken isn’t healthy. I opt for a grilled chicken wrap.

  • Cassie Hale

    And not to mention they have some wonderfully healthy alternatives, like fresh fruit, chicken noodle soup, etc. I think it is funny when people post about how terrible Chick-fil-a’s food is when they are one of the few fast food chains with so many healthy options. This is the reason we take our kiddos there vs. McDonalds. People still have a choice to eat crap or healthy.

  • Alternatives

    The only reason I am replying to the 11 month old post is because I recently had a terrible reaction after eating this very sandwich. Within a few hours of consuming it, I broke out with hives which lasted for five days. I believe is due to the leve of MSG since I’ve also responded to Chinese take out in a similar fashion. So my curiosity sent me surfing for information on Chic-Fil-A ingredients. And I was shocked with the huge list of food additives and chemicals in their basic chicken filet. I work in food processing and I know the manufactures have to make a buck so it’s all about how much they can pump into their meat to make it last longer, taste better and sell it for a profit. It’s a shame they do not take a serious look into healthful ingredient alternatives for their processed foods. Clean alternatives are the new demand by new customers that my company manufactures for such as Costco and Campbell’s just to name a few. I mean – a salad is good, but like most people say – they are going for the chicken sandwich. I’ll take calories and fat over a chemical list a mile long any day.