I’ve never bothered with a post for Chick-fil-A. They fry their food in peanut oil, and our kids are anaphylactic to peanuts, so it seemed kind of pointless. Tragically, it appears that they also hold the same opinion about peanut oil that many restaurants hold about soybean oil, namely that the presence of soybean oil doesn’t indicate that there is soy in the food.

Chick-fil-A uses 100% refined peanut oil for all of our breaded chicken. According to the FDA, highly refined oils such as soybean and peanut oil are not considered allergenic, and therefore are not labeled as such.

Regardless of whether there’s peanuts in the food, Chik-fil-A’s menu is full of soy. The few items that are listed as not containing soy are items that are likely to have soybean oil, and since they don’t list any item fried in peanut oil as containing peanuts, I’m going to guess that they contain soybean oil. So tragically, I’d say that makes Chik-fil-A a big old double “No”. Source:

I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

2 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A”

  1. Chick-fil-a fries their waffle cut fries in a canola/palm oil. You can confirm on their site. They do not fry the fries in peanut oil.
    Potatoes (vegetable oil [canola oil, palm oil], disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate [to promote color retention], dextrose), fully refined high oleic canola oil (citric acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylopolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent).

  2. My daughter has a soy allergy as well with soybean oil having the worst effect on her. She can have the grilled chicken kids meal with French fries or applesauce. This may be a change since the post was originally written but wanted to inform you since options are already so limited!

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