When the chicken cravings hit, there’s no better way to satiate the hankerings than with a visit to your local Chick-fil-A. While we love the poultry joint for its concise menu and low-calorie options—hello, Grilled Nuggets and the Grilled Market Salad—there are a few meals, treats, drinks, and dressings that you should absolutely steer clear of. Find out what these bad-for-you picks are below, and then discover which of these 28 Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches ranked best!
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Whether you stack the fatty toppings on a roll or a bagel or, in this case, a biscuit—waking up to a BEC will derail your diet more often than not. If you’re looking to improve your heart health, take note that this breakfast ‘wich contains your entire day’s worth of saturated fat in addition to inching close to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) ideal daily sodium limit.
Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich
This sandwich proves that not every menu item that stars grilled chicken is, in fact, better for your body. Aside from the solid protein content, this bacon-spiked sandwich packs in a belly-ballooning amount of sodium and artery-clogging saturated fat.
Another seemingly slimming option, this bowl of low-carb veggies is tainted with fatty fried chicken nuggets, crumbled bacon, and shredded cheese. For 510 calories and almost 1,400 milligrams of sodium, you’re better off satiating your cravings with a sandwich.
Spicy Deluxe Sandwich
When eating out, we usually opt for the spicy menu items, given they’re full of metabolism-boosting capsaicin. But Chick-fil-A’s zesty sandwich contains more than three-quarters of a teaspoon of table salt in addition to appetite-spiking MSG.
The trademarked Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit may be a poultry lover’s go-to pick, but this lunch option should definitely be avoided given its exorbitant fat, carb, and sodium contents.
Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
This breakfast no-go steals the highest-calorie-sandwich spot, clocking in at a walloping 600 calories along with boasting an absurd amount of saturated fat and sodium. We’re noticing a trend here: Avoid ordering the biscuit sandwiches at this chicken joint.
Cookies & Cream Milkshake
Chick-fil-A’s Oreo-inspired shake boasts about three times more sugar than the AHA recommends women consume per day!
Craving cocoa? Go for one of our best dark chocolate bars rather than this artificially-flavored milkshake.
Real strawberries are only the third ingredient listed—preceded by Icedream and a milkshake base, which both contain a laundry list of Not That! additives.
While the vanilla shake boasts the least amount of calories and sugar of the milkshake bunch, that shouldn’t give you the green light to sip on one.
You may be wondering how a cup of lemonade manages to pack in 330 calories and six grams of fat. One glance at the ingredient list explains it all: Chick-fil-A sneaks ice cream into its citrusy beverage, increasing the fat and sugar count by leaps and bounds.
At Eat This, Not That!, we love a coffee’s metabolism-revving benefits, but the chicken joint’s version of a java-flavored Frappuccino won’t do any wonders for your waistline.
Garlic & Herb Ranch Dressing
The first and therefore most abundant ingredient in this salad dressings list is inflammatory soybean oil. Keep skimming the list and you’ll also spot fattening sour cream and unnatural preservatives.
Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
Avocado and lime are both Eat This!-approved ingredients, but their health benefits are nearly negligent in this fat-filled condiment.
If you’re ordering a slimming salad, why adulterate it with this caloric, sodium-stuffed dressing?
Chocolate Chunk Cookie
This chunky chocolate cookie’s calorie count matches up to a small meal, deeming this dessert a total diet disaster. If you must round out your lunch with something sweet, go for splitting this cookie with a friend, order the nutrient-filled fruit cup instead, or whip up one of these 12 Desserts That Actually Help You Lose Weight.