My family and I used to avoid Chick-fil-A like the plague because they used peanut oil to cook their fried items and my son has peanut allergies. After visiting at length with my son’s allergist and doing some research of my own (see this post for more information on Chick-Fil-A and peanut allergies), we discovered that Chick-Fil-A nuggets and fries were indeed safe for my severely peanut-allergic son to consume.
(Disclaimer: Before eating at Chick-Fil-A, it is crucial that you speak with your child’s allergist to determine if their food is safe for your child to consume. *Note: Chick-Fil-A now fries their french fries only in canola oil.)
Since that point in time, Chick-Fil-A is like the happiest place on earth for my family! I am gluten-free and with my son’s peanut, nut, sesame, and chickpea allergies eating on the run can be a challenge, but we can all eat something there.
Usually, my kids menu item of choice is the kids chicken nugget meal with fruit and milk. Overall, it’s a healthy option so it makes mommy happy too!
Since I’m gluten-free, I usually stick to the Chargrilled Chicken Salad (I don’t use any of the sides) with the Thousand Island Salad Dressing. But now…I have a new option!
Hot off the press, released January 9th, 2012, Chick-Fil-A is offering a new kids grilled chicken nugget menu item that is gluten-free. Hooray! The chicken nuggets are grilled and seasoned with a salt and pepper mixture making them healthy and gluten-free. The nuggets are served with squeezable 100% fruit and a beverage.
It is estimated that one out of every thirteen U.S. children have at least one food allergy. Despite this statistic, Cheerios just announced it is releasing a peanut butter flavored cereal to children. Really?!?!
It is so nice to see Chick-Fil-A standing up to the plate and doing what is good for kids…something they already have a lot of experience with. If you’re so inclined, take a minute to email Chick-Fil-A and let them know what you think of their new gluten-free menu item.