Skip to content

Best & Worst Chicken Sandwich at Wendy's

Enjoy a fast-food classic that will help you get rid of your gut, not grow it.
Wendys nixes soda kids menu.jpg

The chicken sandwich is the Trojan Horse of dining out.

We see it on a menu and get starry-eyed by poultry's lean reputation. Not as bad as beef, think we, surely that can't be fried — it's just looks … breaded. But you better believe that anything named "crispy"–and even some sandwiches that aren't–have taken a dip in the deep fryer. Next time you have a craving for this fast-food classic, use our guide for getting a sandwich that will help you get rid of your gut, not grow it.

Eat This!

Ultimate Chicken Grill, 231 g

Calories 370
Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Sodium 880 mg
Carbs 43 g
Protein 34 g

Not That!

Asiago Ranch Chicken Club Homestyle, 284 g

Calories 670
Fat 32 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Sodium 1,610 mg
Carbs 57 g
Protein 38 g

Wendy's Asiago Ranch Chicken Club Homestyle is one of the sneaky sandwiches that has seen the deep fryer, but evaded the "crispy" label. Then the whole thing is topped with bacon and ranch sauce to boot. That adds up to 140 more calories than a Big Mac! (You can substitute grilled chicken for the deviously named "Homestyle" patty, but that only knocks the calories down to 530.) Your best option is the Ultimate Chicken Grill, which has nearly all the protein of the Asiago Ranch Chicken Club with half the calories and one-fifth the fat, thanks to grilled chicken and honey mustard subbed in for mayo.

More on Fast Food

  • triple whopper cheese

    These Are the Unhealthiest Fast Food Burgers

    We ranked the worst of the worst.
  • steak-n-shake storefront

    7 Regional Fast Food Chains That May Close

    Soon enough, you may not see much of them.
  • mcdonald's food fries lights

    22 Celebs Who Worked at McDonald's

    Many of them look back on the gig with fondness.
  • friends eating together

    What You Won't See In Mall Food Courts Anymore

    Grabbing those pretzel bites won't be the same.
  • McDonalds employee mask

    The Worst Thing To Do at a Fast Food Chain

    Avoid doing this when grabbing your burger!

FOR HUNDREDS MORE WEIGHT-LOSS IDEAS, click here for our new book Eat This, Not That! 1,247 Awesome Slimming Swaps. Order now to get your FREE GIFT!

She Lost 100 Pounds—And Shows You How!

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Ilana Muhlstein lost her weight and kept it off—and in You Can Drop It!, she'll show you how to lose it, too. More than 240,000 clients have chosen her program—and now it’s yours to keep.

Filed Under