Grilled Nuggets Coming to Chick-fil-A

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - January 6, 2012 -

With fast food companies scrambling to show parents that they can offer healthier food for kids, Chick-fil-A Inc. is about to take a swing.

The Atlanta-based chain plans to announce Monday that it is adding grilled chicken nuggets to its kids menu. Though many fast-food chains, including big names like Wendy's Co. and McDonald's Corp., have added apple slices and milk to kids meals, they kept cheeseburgers and fried nuggets as the main course.

"Everybody else has been dancing around and dabbling with the side options, but from what we know we're the only ones taking a stab at the main entree," said Mark Baldwin, a spokesman for the privately-held chain.

A four-count of the grilled nuggets will have 80 calories and 1 gram of fat, compared to 130 calories and 6 grams of fat in the regular, fried version. Fruit cups and a new option, applesauce, will be available as side dishes.

This doesn't mean Chick-fil-A is getting rid of the fatty foods. The regular nuggets will still be available. Kids, never known to turn down French fries, will still be able to order a small serving of waffle fries, which packs 300 calories and 16 grams of fat, as their side dish. Baldwin said the restaurant wants to offer options for all dietary needs.

Fast-food chains have been eager to show they're concerned about kids' health. First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity has given fuel to those who blame the industry for kids' health-related problems. New regulations from the health care overhaul will require many restaurants to post nutrition information on their menus. And federal agencies are considering whether to curb companies from advertising unhealthy food to kids.

Baldwin said that Chick-fil-A's move wasn't related to any of the impending regulations.

The grilled nuggets will be offered only on the kids menu, but Chick-fil-A said it will accommodate adults who want to order them.


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  • by me on Jan 7, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    Why not offer them in an adult combo? How about offering healthier selections for adults too; not just the kids. So adults have to buy 2 kids meals to get enough food & spend extra for the dumb toy! Also, to revron john; no chance on Chick-fil-a opening on Sundays. The original founder advised Sundays were for family & worship; so they will never open Sunday..... I think that's awesome; I have always said if I have to work for fast foodj; it will be CFA due to guaranteed off on Sundays & customer service is great!!
  • by Steve Location: Florida native/resident, no longer in Marietta on Jan 7, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    I want my nuggets fried! Punks...
  • by revron john Location: fl-ga-al-ca-la on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    maby they will be open on sunday now. i only eat chick nuggets on sunday.
  • by SirNuggetsAlot on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    I like my Nuggets grilled An I can not Lie!
  • by DD on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    I've never eaten at a chickfila, but grilled nuggets do sound good. They might have a new customer.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:17 AM
    I saw the local cook at a nudist colony accidently grill his nuggest one time. It wasn't pretty.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 07:58 AM
    Good job CFA...you guys rock! The food is good and the customer service your employees provide is top-notch, especially for a fast food restaurant.
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