But then fast-food chains got ahold of it, dunked it in thick batter and fried it enough to offset the benefits of this one-time paragon of lean protein. Chick-fil-A is no exception. It ranks among the best of the country’s major fast-food establishments, thanks to a line of low-calorie chicken sandwiches and an assortment of healthy sides. But the menu does seem to be inching ever upward in the calorie and sodium departments. Use this simple swap to get chicken closer to the way it’s meant to be: low in calories, light in fat and a heavyweight in protein.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
|Saturated Fat||1.5 g|
Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich
|Saturated Fat||8 g|
Though both the best and worst sandwich at this fast-food giant clock in under their Cobb Salad — do the mental math on that one — the Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich will have you wondering why you ever turned your back on the beef-based burger. Even the plain chicken deluxe sandwich packs just about the same amount of calories, fat and saturated fat as a Big Mac — and significantly more sodium. By making this simple swap, you’ll save yourself 22 grams of fat; that’s more than you’ll find in Chick-fil-A’s breakfast staple, the Chicken Biscuit.