Fast Food – Chicken

Fast Food Carb Review – Zaxby’s

c6286-img_2261255b1255d.jpgI was a little wary of going to many chicken places, but when I was out on the road and striking out finding KFC baked chicken and not wanting Bojangles or Popeye’s options (although I love them).  I decided to see what Zaxby’s had for this low-carb eater!

What I discovered were some of the most delicious wings ever.  And they were huge!!!

Oh sure, you can get a salad, but who always wants a salad?

As it turns out I decide I did want a salad after all.  I got their Grilled House Zalad which if you leave off the fried onions and Texas Toast is only about 9 Net Carbs.  Less if you only eat half because it is a pretty big salad.  I shared it with my husband.  The Grilled Caesar Zalad is only 7 Net Carbs if you leave off the croutons.  The Grilled Cobb Zalad is only 10 Net Carbs if you leave off the fried onions and Texas Toast.  Like I said, these are big salads.  Ranch, Blue Cheese and Ceasar dressings are each only 2 Net Carbs that would need to be added to the count.

You could get their Chicken Salad or Grilled Chicken sandwiches and not eat the buns.  The Chicken Salad is about 5 Net Carbs each.  The Grilled Chicken you would have to watch out on the Honey Mustard and just barely get a taste or opt for Ranch or Blue Cheese, taking it to about 5 Net Carbs.

What I really came for though… is a baked chicken or alternative.

I got their 10 piece traditional “naked” wings with Ranch Dressing.  So pretty much 2 Net Carbs for a delicious meal that curbed my craving for baked chicken. I know it is fried, but they were delicious!  Like I said earlier… they were the biggest wings I’d ever seen! You can get most of the wings with sauces that only give you from 2 to 6 Net Carbs!  Not only that… it comes with several stalks of celery! A wonderful discovery!  I could have gotten the 20 piece option!

I’m going back!

Update
I did go back!  I still forgot to take pictures!  IT was still delicious!

Update
I went back again with my sister and got the 20 piece… that is the picture shown!  Okay, we did share.  10 pieces really is enough!!!  I almost couldn’t eat it all!  I say almost.  ūüėČ

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Fast Food Carb Review – Bojangle’s

IMG_21571.jpgI mentioned before that I was a Bojangle’s Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits addict.

They have the BEST fast food biscuits in the world, and I happen to love their chicken even though I don’t like spicier things. ¬†Their combination of seasonings just clicks for me!

However, I no longer can eat their biscuits. ¬†Just one biscuit is 37 Net Carbs. ¬†If you put that in perspective, that is 2 DAYS worth of food for someone like me or other low carb livers. ¬†I was desperate to find options to keep patronizing Bo’s.

To my delight, there were options!  I can still eat their chicken.  Just differently.

You can certainly pull the breading off your Chicken if you love it like I do. ¬†You still risk getting accidental carbs from eating breading you missed. ¬†For me, it is too tempting to eat the whole thing… breading and all. ¬†You can always add Green Beans as a side for an additional 5 Net Carbs. ¬†Just stay away from the biscuits! ¬†They will call to you! ¬†They will smell amazing! ¬†Don’t do it!

The Garden Salad has 6 Net Carbs.

The Grilled Chicken Salad has 6 Net Carbs.  This is an excellent choice! (Compare this to the Homestyle Tenders Salad, that has breading, at 34 Net Carbs!)

Also, a little higher in Carbs but still workable in the carb count for the day is the Roasted Chicken Bites Salad with 10 Net Carbs.

You can get just the Roasted Chicken Bites with Green Beans, but you are still looking at 13 Net Carbs.

Remember to add in the dressing.  The Ranch and Blue Cheese dressings only have 2 additional Net Carbs.  The Italian dressing has 5 Net Carbs.  Beware of the Honey Dijon dressing as it has 15 Net Carbs. Leave off the croutons!

I was relieved that there were so many options. ¬†Ones I hadn’t really tried before… and they are all delicious!

Just remember the rule of thumb…¬†basically, leave off the breads, breading, potatoes, onions, high carb fruits and veggies and desserts.¬†¬†Get lettuce wrapped double meat proteins (if they aren’t on a bone) or ¬†have proteins on top of the salads.¬†¬†Beware of hidden salad carbs, especially in croutons and sugars in dressings or toppings! ¬†If you follow this rule of thumb you can find quite a lot to eat.

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Fast Food Carb Review – Kentucky Fried Chicken

IMG_21961-987413609-1511891023577.jpgOne of the most amazing discoveries in fast food finds has been at Kentucky Fried Chicken.¬† I hadn’t really been to one since I was a long time Bojangle’s Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits addict.

The find?¬† Their Grilled Chicken is Uh-Maze-ing! ¬†Best of all… it has 0 Net Carbs! ¬†As in ZERO. ¬†Nada. ¬†Big Goose Egg! ¬†The seasonings on it are perfect! ¬†Super tasty!

Get a three piece box with a breast/leg/thigh with Green Beans (which are also delicious… and I’m picky about my green beans!) and you are only looking at 4 Net Carbs. ¬†All from the green beans!

Or for the budget conscious… get their $5 meal deal with a leg/thigh, side, drink, biscuit and cookie.¬† Get greenbeans for the side.¬† Give your biscuit and cookie to a friend or family member.¬† I often tell them to keep it if I am by myself. It is such a cheap option.¬† They also have zero calorie Sobe water along with diet drinks and unsweet tea to drink. Water is always the better option, but if you have paid for it why not get something flavored.

Their house Side Salad only has 3 Net Carbs and their Ceasar Salad only has 2 Net Carbs! ¬†What’s not to love? ¬†Their Buttermilk dressing has 1 Net Carbs. ¬†Their Fat Free Ranch dressing has a whopping 8 Net Carbs so be careful of that one. ¬†Not all dressings are created equal… no matter if the name is the same! Their Creamy Parmesan dressing has 4 Net Carbs. ¬†Light Italian dressing has 2 Net Carbs. ¬†Remember NO CROUTONS! ¬†Those are about 10 Net Carbs you don’t need!

I could pretty much eat there (or take it home) every week, and very nearly have!

Tip: Make sure to call ahead if you or your party need a lot of grilled chicken. ¬†They don’t always have grilled chicken ready like their breaded chicken. So you might have to wait in line and then wait on the chicken to cook. ¬†I’ve called ahead in several different states and they are always very nice and throw a batch of ¬†the Grilled Chicken in for my “pre-order”. ¬†It’s always nice, hot and ready when I get there for pick up.

Just remember the rule of thumb…¬†basically, leave off the breads, breading, potatoes, onions, high carb fruits and veggies and desserts.¬†¬†Get lettuce wrapped double meat proteins (if they aren’t on a bone) or ¬†have proteins on top of the salads.¬†¬†Beware of hidden salad carbs, especially in croutons and sugars in dressings or toppings! ¬†If you follow this rule of thumb you can find quite a lot to eat.

Update
I just came back from being on the road.¬† EVERY KFC I went to did NOT have grilled chicken.¬† One went so far as to tell me that they didn’t carry it any more!¬† I drove out of 3 KFCs on my trip and finally ended up at Zaxby’s!¬† (More on that shortly!)¬† So I hope more stores get it.¬† It was not marketed overly well, in my opinion.¬† And I will be sad indeed if my local store stops making it.

Update
It seems that more small towns have the grilled chicken rather than the larger towns.  Kinda strange.  I ended up at a KFC out in the middle of nowhere yesterday and they had it!!!

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