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Nutritional Breakdown of Fast Food Chicken Items

Fast Food Breakdown: Chicken

When you're on the road, sometimes the occasional stop at a fast-food drive-thru can't be avoided. If you're not into ordering a hamburger and French fries because of the saturated fat and high calories, then chicken could be your choice for a lean protein. Choose your chicken wisely, though; not all your choices are necessarily lean. Check out how these popular fast foods compare.

Chicken Calories Saturated Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Protein (g)
McDonald's McChicken Sandwich 360 3 35 830 14
McDonald's Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich 420 2 70 1190 32
McDonald's Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich 530 3.5 50 1150 28
McDonald's Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich 530 6 90 1470 40

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Chicken Calories Saturated Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Protein (g)
McDonald's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich 630 7 75 1420 36
McDonald's Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich 470 3 80 1500 36
McDonald's Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich 580 4.5 60 1460 32
McDonald's Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich 400 3 45 1030 24
McDonald's Grilled Chicken Ranch Snack Wrap 270 4 45 830 18
McDonald's Grilled Chicken Honey Mustard Snack Wrap 260 3.5 45 800 18
BK Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich 490 4 55 1220 26
BK Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich 430 8 70 1640 32
BK Spicy Chick'n Crisp Sandwich 630 5 30 810 12
BK Original Chicken Sandwich 630 7 65 1390 24
BK Chicken Tenders (6 pc) 270 3.5 35 730 14
BK Chicken Fries (6 pc) 250 2.5 30 820 14
Wendy's Crispy Chicken Deluxe 400 5 50 980 20
Wendy's Chicken Club 540 8 75 1360 34
Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill 320 1.5 70 950 28
Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich 440 2.5 60 1300 28
Wendy's Chicken Nuggets (10 pc) 460 6 70 1040 24
Wendy's Grilled Chicken Go Wrap 260 3.5 45 760 17
Taco Bell Chicken Burrito Supreme 380 5 40 1370 20
Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Soft Taco 170 2 25 580 10
Taco Bell Chicken Fiesta Taco Salad 780 5 70 1830 37
Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Soft Taco 170 2 25 580 10
Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla 520 12 75 1420 28

I think my blood pressure just shot through the roof from seeing those sodium counts. Yikes. Some of these menu items have more than half the amount you should have in an entire day (2,300 mg). Feel free to enjoy these in a pinch, but I definitely wouldn't be chowing on a McChicken Sandwich every day.


NdHebert NdHebert 8 years
If I have to resort to Fast Food I go to Taco Bell. I can get 2 or 3 items from the Fresca menu, and its not bad!!
ilovefab4 ilovefab4 8 years
I'm surprised you didn't suggest the yummy, lower-calorie chicken salad options at Chick-Fil-A and McD's, since most of these are bad choices.
DebbieRDH DebbieRDH 8 years
with my new goals set for this year, I'm happy I found this website...
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
To be honest, some are not as bad as I thought (esp. stuff like Chicken Fries!!). I guess most of that stuff is ok in a pinch, but as Cookie Monster NOW says (which is sad to me) "This is a sometimes food". Besides, its good in indulge every once and a while, throws your calorie tracking off whack so your body doesn't get used to any specific number. And, I firmly believe that occasional junk food is good for the soul,lol.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm not a fast-food girl by nature, but it is handy if during travelling and there are limited food options. It's nice to be prepared.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
Maybe the high-cal grilled options are swimming in mayo?
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
holy cow @ Taco Bell Quesadilla!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
nancita I'm with you!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Good thing I never really eat fast food. Sometimes if I'm desperate, I'll eat at a Subway or something and I'll get a salad topped with grilled chicken. I think it's a better option than a chicken sandwich because you don't get the calories in the bun.
nancita nancita 8 years
I'm surprised that some of the grilled chicken options are fattier and higher in calories than the fried ones!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Huh. My beloved Chicken Tenders from BK aren't so bad, comparatively. Interesting.
misshouston misshouston 8 years
I was surprised by how many grilled-chicken sandwiches were way up there in calories, fat and sodium. I'll be sticking with Subway.
staticnoise staticnoise 8 years
ugh... i hate hamburgers. the smell of mcdonalds products alone disgusts me.
hannahc hannahc 8 years
I think my blood pressure just shot up from reading those too, fit...yowza! Some of them aren't as bad as I thought they'd be calorie wise, but the sodium alone keeps me from eating fast food.
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