Is There Vegan Food On Chick-Fil-A's Menu?

Eating healthy at fast food restaurants has historically been challenging. They're not exactly known for being health-conscious. But in recent years, more nutritional alternatives have started to pop up at fast food locations. Plant-based foods have steadily been on the rise in the U.S., and many popular fast food chains like Chick-fil-A have attempted to accommodate the vegan diet.

In 2023, the fast food chain even introduced a plant-based sandwich made of cauliflower as a meal replacement for chicken. It has since exited participating locations, but it was a glimpse into what the future of inclusive fast food could look like. Currently, Chick-fil-A has a surprisingly decent amount of vegan options for a fast food joint that specializes in chicken. It's not exemplary, but you can get a pretty balanced meal off the vegan menu. Both the Market Salad and Spicy Southwest Salad can be altered to fit vegan needs by simply requesting no chicken or cheese. Most of the vinaigrette dressings are fair game but always double-check the ingredients to be safe. The sauces are also surprisingly more vegan-friendly than you might have thought, and although you won't be able to taste the signature Chick-fil-A sauce, the infamous Polynesian sauce is luckily vegan.

Nothing is technically prepared 100% vegan

For Chick-fil-A sides, potatoes are going to be your best friend. The Waffle Potato Fries are a great source of fiber and the hashbrowns are the perfect breakfast choice. You can even get bagged Waffle Potato Chips. If all else fails, the fruit cup or the Kale Crunch Side are super safe options. The Chick-fil-A website also suggests removing the chicken and cheese from the Cool Wrap, but the result would literally just be a tortilla filled with lettuce. So, while there are vegan options available — they're not ideal. Most of them involve some sort of modification that's the customer's responsibility to request. 

It's also worth noting that the restaurant doesn't technically maintain a 100% vegan-friendly kitchen space. Although it offers food that could fit into a vegan diet, it has stated that it's likely not prepared in a vegan environment. Anything could easily come into contact with non-vegan menu items, so vegans should use caution when partaking in these plant-based options. Realistically, if you're after the best vegan food, you won't find it at a fast food chain like Chick-fil-A. But if you don't mind a little cross-contamination and you're aware of the necessary modifications, it can be a decent go-to option when you're in a pinch.