Healthier Fast Food Fried Chicken That Will Surprise You

Mar 06, 2016 11:31 PM EST | By Rhea Penaflor (


Fast food took America as early as 1950s.  The name itself "fast" food means quick food on your mouth.  These are food sold in a restaurant or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away.  Fast-food chains have been under attack because of its negative health effects, alleged animal cruelty, cases of worker exploitation, and claims of cultural degradation via shifts in people's eating patterns away from traditional foods.

But whether we like it or not, we love to give in to the sweet temptations of our fast food cravings, right?  We especially love fried chicken!  The juicy, tasty fried chicken either served original or hot (or another flavor) waters are mouth by just the thought of it, right? 

The good thing is, your fast food fried chicken is not that bad, after all.


1. KFC

4 Hot Wings plus Sweet Kernel Corn; 380 calories, 16.5g fat (4g saturated)

KFC Original Recipe Chicken Drumstick; 120 calories, 7g fat (1.5g saturated)

Kentucky Grilled Chicken Breast plus mashed potatoes (without gravy) 310 calories; 10g fat (2.5g saturated)

2.  Burger King

4-piece Chicken Nuggets; 190 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated)

BK's standard-issue chicken sandwich -- not to be confused with the torpedo-shaped original chicken sandwich -- contains 12g carbs and 140mg of sodium.

3.  Popeyes chicken po-boy

9g of saturated fat, 2,120mg of sodium, and 75mg of cholesterol

4.  Carl's Jr. Big Chicken Fillet

The chicken sandwich at Hardee's fast-food brother-in-arms has the same amount of cholesterol as Popeyes, and a few more calories (680, compared to 660 for Olive Oyl's favorite chicken sandwich), but 760 fewer milligrams of sodium.

5.  Arby's crispy chicken sandwich

50 fewer calories than Jack in the Box's

6.  Sonic crispy chicken sandwich

A drop of 80 calories from Burger King's Tendercrisp (and 2.5 fewer grams of saturated fat)

7. Jack in the Box spicy chicken sandwich

130 fewer milligrams of sodium and 14 fewer grams of carbs

8.  Wendy's Homestyle chicken sandwich

4g fewer of fat

9. McDonald's McChicken

Fewest grams of fat (18g) and calories (440) of all the chicken sandwiches

Fewest total calories (370), fewest total calories from fat (150), fewest total fats (17g), carbs (40g), sodium (650mg) and cholesterol (40mg)

Now you can be calories guilt-free eating your crunchy fast food fried chicken!

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