Chicken Express is a fast-food chicken delivery business that started back in 1988 in Texas.
Now, it has scaled to several dine-in restaurants known for its fresh, hot, and juicy chicken items! It is a go-to place when you quickly want to grab something to munch on.
But is there anything keto-friendly at Chicken Express?
For a quick brunch, you can order two pieces of chicken wings with chipotle ranch and seasoned Italian green beans on the side. They account for 25g of fat, 11g of net carbs, and 12g of protein in total. This makes them the lowest carb option available in the combo meals section of its menu.
It is hard to spot a low-carb dish on the menu of a fast-food restaurant like Chicken Express. So, here I’ve shared some tips on how to order keto-friendly food and make sure you stay into ketosis (to keep burning fat!)
Let’s get started!
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The specialty of Chicken Express is its fresh chicken products, marinated in their secret batter mix and cooked perfectly until golden brown.
Even though the restaurant is named after chicken, it also offers some other American favorites that are too hard to resist! Think about the fried fish fillets or those savory hushpuppies.
The best thing about Chicken Express is that they use fresh chicken instead of the frozen ones that you find at most cheap places. As a result, your chicken is completely free of carbs and also rich in B vitamins.
Fishes are also low in carbs and a good source of B vitamins along with selenium, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acid. All of these are great choices for you on the keto diet.
From the combo meal section on their menu, you can choose the quantity and the type of chicken pieces you want. They come with a regular side order of choice like green beans, fried pickle slices, etc. Along with a drink of up to 32oz to 44oz.
One can also order a huge quantity of chicken pieces as they desire from the family meals section. But you must resist the temptations for those crispy biscuits or the rolls!
And even though chicken is a carb-free meat product, you can’t have anything and everything in this restaurant.
The main problem is that their method of preparation is unideal for someone following a ketogenic diet. First, the chicken pieces are coated with batter and bread which increases its carb count. Secondly, the chicken pieces are deep-fried in vegetable oil, which is the biggest drawback of any fast-food item. This way, they absorb too much oil which increases their caloric and saturated fat content.
And almost all of the meals on their menu have low to no dietary fiber. Dietary fibers help with the easier digestion of food, while the lack of it can cause stomach issues.
That’s why you should moderate your consumption even if it’s “just chicken!”.
But due to the time constraints, we are left with no other choice than to eat out. In this case, you should have some practices in place that will support your hard-earned state of ketosis. So here you go:
Now without any further ado, let’s take you through all the keto-friendly options available at Chicken Express!
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Note: All the nutritional facts are as per the data given on their official website. Expect slight variations across the branches because preparation methods might differ.
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Coleslaw means, cabbage salad. It is made of finely shredded raw cabbages along with a salad dressing like mayonnaise or vinegarette.
This dish is made by marinating the cheese sticks in the batter and frying it till the required texture is achieved.
It is prepared by sauteing the green beans with black pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, and some other spices to add flavor. This dish will provide you with healthy carbs.
Some of the low-carb dips and sauces available at Chicken Express are ranch sauce and jalapeno ranch sauce. In terms of beverages, opt for plain water instead of sodas or teas. They will unnecessarily add more carbs without any health benefits.
Having said that, chicken Express is not a place where you go to have fancy dinners (especially on a low-carb diet!). Rather it is a place where you go to quickly grab something to eat. Their menu has limited keto-friendly options to choose from. Even if you find something within the nutritional range, you would not want to binge on them.
There are limited keto-friendly food options on the menu of Chicken Express. I have shared with you a total of 12 main and side dishes that I found appropriate for someone on a ketogenic diet. Following the tips shared in this article will help you easily order low-carb at this chicken joint!
Sometimes it is okay if you splurge a bit and end up exhausting your daily carb limit. Don’t be so hard on yourself and get back on track as soon as possible.
If you can not freshly prepare your meals at home, try to do meal prep. Prepare several meals in advance and store them in the refrigerator for convenient snacking. Meal prepping helps you save time and prevent you from having to eat unhealthy food.
Happy Keto-ing 🙂
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