Just 56+ Ingredients in Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich

So here’s another reason not to eat at Chick-fil-A: its food just isn’t good. Like other fast food franchises, Chick-fil-A may offer a few token healthy items, but its signature “Classic” Chicken Sandwich isn’t one of them. It’s a heavily processed product. Take a look at the ingredients list posted on the company’s website, copied below. It’s hard to tell where the chicken ends and the bun begins. (Photo above shows the Chicken Sandwich dressed with cole slaw.)

Chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached flour {bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, whole powdered egg and nonfat milk solids], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickle (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, lactic acid, calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1).

I re-organized the list (Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich Ingredients) so that it’s easier to see which ingredients go with which of the various components of the sandwich.

The chicken’s made with 25 different ingredients, the bun with 33 and the pickle with 13. Note that to make a good bread, you only need flour, water, salt and yeast, and to make good pickles, only cucumbers, water, salt and a combination of spices to suit your taste.

Many of the ingredients in the Chicken Sandwich are used more than once, which is how I get a total of 56 (or thereabouts) for the sandwich as a whole. Or, you can count every ingredient separately and get 71 or more. But this isn’t just about numbers. Some of the choicest ingredients in the sandwich include monosodium glutamate (MSG), whole powdered egg, dimethylpolysiloxane, fully refined peanut oil, calcium peroxide, artificial flavor and color, and I could go on. It’s a parade of industrial substances combined to make a foodlike product.

Also, for what’s supposed to be a savory food, a fair amount of sweetener is used; there’s sugar in the seasoning and the seasoned coater for the chicken and high fructose corn syrup in the bun. Added sugar is everywhere in the American diet.

The problem is, whether it’s fast food or casual style or fine dining, restaurant items don’t come with labels, making it easy for consumers to order and eat foods they may not otherwise order and eat. Most Americans know fast food is bad for them, but this bad?

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Daniel N
Past Member about a month ago

thanks very much

Daniel N
Past Member 2 months ago

thanks for sharing

Lesa D
Past Member 5 months ago

ewww... chicken... perhaps they should be told that chickens are LGBTQI...

thank you Jan

Sue H
Sue H5 months ago

Their politics suck as well.

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 months ago

After reading this all the more reason to not be a Chic-fil-A fan. Although my daughter thinks their shakes are wonderful. Thank you for posting this article.

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Freya H
Freya H1 years ago

YUK! Just one more - er, make that 56 more - reasons to steer clear of fast food.

Louise A
Past Member 1 years ago

thanks for posting

Lisa M
Lisa M1 years ago