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I Tried Chick-fil-A's Much-Hyped Mac and Cheese, and It Was Totally Forgettable

Nothing can beat the waffle fries.
I Tried Chick-fil-A's Much-Hyped Mac and Cheese, and It Was Totally ForgettableCourtesy of Chick-fil-A

The fast-food joint that wants you to "Eat Mor Chikin" recently made a new—and permanent—addition to its menu, and it already has fans talking. Chick-fil-A's mac and cheese is the first side dish added to the chain's menu since 2016.

Because Chick-fil-A doesn't change its menu much, I knew I had to try this new side for myself. Here's my unbiased review of Chick-fil-A's mac and cheese.

How can you get Chick-fil-A's mac and cheese?

chick-fil-a mac and cheese on wooden table Meghan De Maria / Eat This, Not That!

The new dish is a side option, and you can order it in a small or medium size. A la carte, a small will set you back $3.39 pre-tax, while a medium is $4.15, at least in New York.

You can also substitute it out for fries or the other side options in both the standard meals and the kid's meals, though there is a small upcharge. (In New York, that upcharge is $1.50 for an adult meal and 70 cents for a kids' meal.)

How does Chick-fil-A's mac and cheese taste?

chick-fil-a-mac and cheese cup with plastic spoon Meghan De Maria / Eat This, Not That!

On first bite, the mac and cheese reminded me of KFC's, and not in a good way. The cheese is more pronounced, and I enjoyed the small bit of burned cheese in my bowl. But overall, the macaroni is still soggy, as is the case with other fast-food mac and cheese.

Unfortunately, for me, the KFC comparison didn't do many favors. When I had my tonsils removed last year, the only thing I could eat that didn't cause burning pain was KFC's flavorless, mushy macaroni. Chick-fil-A's is more flavorful, but not by much. I'm not sure that any fast-food chain can make decent mac and cheese, honestly. This is one dish that should be enjoyed fresh out of the oven, not from under a heat lamp or straight from a microwave.

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Final verdict

chick-fil-a mac and cheese closeup Meghan De Maria / Eat This, Not That!

Overall, I found this dish to be instantly forgettable. There is nothing wrong with the cheesy pasta, but I'd never go out of my way to order it again. Chick-fil-A's mac and cheese is decent—but it's certainly not a bag of their legendary waffle fries.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more
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