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The #1 Worst Breakfast to Order at Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A's breakfast menu appears healthier than some rivals'—but nutrition-wise, not all the choices fly.

A rooster's call at the crack of dawn might seem like the most natural possible way to start the day. When you think about breakfast at Chick-fil-A, the concept might seem similar: Fresh eggs, high-quality chicken, pure ingredients, less of the fake stuff than most other fast-food spots. Some of that's true, but we've done the research… and even at Chick-fil-A, some breakfast items are significantly smarter choices for you than others.

The #1 worst breakfast to order at Chick-fil-A might surprise you, but we've cracked it. We also list a few possible menu options that won't make you feel like you've fried your health goals for the day. Also check out The #1 Worst Blizzard to Order at Dairy Queen.

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Let's start with a baseline Chick-fil-A breakfast menu selection.

Chick-fil-A's Spicy Chicken Biscuit
Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

Starting with a basic, Chick-fil-A's breakfast chicken biscuit is pretty middle-of-the-road, relative to the nutrition facts on some other items. They describe this choice as "hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a buttermilk biscuit baked fresh." Pecking this pick will land you at 460 calories, 23 grams of fat, 45 grams of carbs, and 19 grams of protein. A pretty classic choice, but not really the healthiest.

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So here's one Chick-fil-A breakfast guideline…

buttered biscuit from chick-fil-a
Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

When it comes to nutrition metrics, Chick-fil-A biscuits are much denser than the chain's English muffins. On their own, these two bread choices break down like this: The buttered biscuit on Chick-fil-A's breakfast menu is 290 calories, 15 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbohydrates, and four grams of protein. That's exponentially greater than the English muffin's 140 calories and two grams of fat, as well as the English muffin's 29 grams of carbohydrates and five grams of protein.

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A chicken could do this math.


Opting for the bacon, egg, and cheese muffin with its 310 calories, 14 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of protein is a healthier pick than the sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit's 610 calories, 42 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, even with 32 grams of protein.

But, there's something even worse than this biscuit to order for breakfast at Chick-fil-A…

The #1 worst breakfast to order at Chick-fil-A is…

chick fil a burrito
Courtesy of Chick-Fil-A

Completely opposite of McDonald's breakfast menu, the breakfast burrito at Chick-fil-A is the worst choice you can make. At 700 calories, 40 grams of fat, 51 carbohydrates, even with 34 grams of protein, the Hash Brown Scramble Burrito is a heavy way to start your day. That's especially true if you add sausage, which weighs you down with 720 calories, 47 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbs, and 30 grams of protein.

(Also, see the possible diet change that some nutrition pros say could "reprogram" metabolism after a little more research is conducted…)

Fortunately, there are some healthier choices on Chick-fil-A's breakfast menu.

Chick fil a egg white grill

Here's a win-win way to break the overnight fast and fill your belly: Consider pairing Chick-fil-A's Egg White Grill (290 calories, eight grams of fat, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 26 grams of protein)…

With their fruit cup.

Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

At just 60 calories and 15 grams of carbs (with a very minimal amount of added sugar in the mandarin oranges). The Chick-fil-A fruit cup and Egg White Grill could be a nice, balanced way to get nutrition without overloading on fat, calories, and heavy butter and oil first thing in the morning. How's that for satisfying?

Also check out One Major Effect of Eating Fruit Every Day, Says New Study.

The Greek yogurt parfait is another possibility…

Though, one caution: The word "parfait" offers one clue that this could double as a dessert. The 270 calories and 36 grams of carbs aren't the worst (and we do like the 13 grams of protein)… however, Chick-fil-A's Greek yogurt parfait lists corn syrup among the ingredients—read up on why that can be an issue.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more about Krissy