That's because kitchens at Chick-fil-A are not gluten-free, and they want to make sure your food doesn't accidentally get contaminated.
Now, Chick-fil-A, known for its fried chicken sandwiches and the squishy buns that top them, is rolling out a gluten-free bun option, starting today. It's made with quinoa and amaranth and sweetened with molasses and raisins.
In response to customer requests, Chick-fil-A announced the addition of a new gluten-free bun option to its menu, making it one of the first fast food restaurants to offer the item. Roughly 18 million people have gluten-sensitivity or preference, the company said, citing national data.
"We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives".
Chick-fil-A says it chose to introduce the bun nationally after a successful test run in three cities previous year. "They asked, and we listened", said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A.
It would probably pair better with the chain's grilled chicken patties than the classic fried, but if you're gluten-free, you're probably not eating a breaded patty anyway. It contains 150 calories and costs an extra $1.15.
Chick-fil-A operates about 40 restaurants throughout the Charlotte metro area.