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Chick-fil-A chooses Sacramento area to test healthy offerings

On Aug. 29, Georgia-based Chick-fil-A’s new Egg White Grill Grain Bowl was being offered at its restaurants in four U.S. metro markets, including Sacramento.
On Aug. 29, Georgia-based Chick-fil-A’s new Egg White Grill Grain Bowl was being offered at its restaurants in four U.S. metro markets, including Sacramento. Chick-fil-A

The Sacramento area is one of four U.S. metro markets selected by Georgia-based fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A to test two healthy menu offerings.

On Monday, the chain known for its chicken sandwiches began offering a “Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl” and an “Egg White Grill Grain Bowl” at restaurants in the Sacramento; San Francisco; Tampa, Fla.; and Hunstville, Ala., markets.

In the Sacramento region, the new items are at two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Sacramento and one each in Elk Grove, Roseville, Granite Bay, Rancho Cordova, Folsom and Vacaville.

The company said it wants to gauge public response to the chain offering the new items alongside “classic menu” items such as its chicken sandwich and chicken biscuits and nuggets.

The Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl includes a mix of red quinoa, white quinoa and farro, roasted butternut squash and diced apples on a bed of chopped kale, with assorted toppings and a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Chick-fil-A says the 370-calorie dish contains 22 grams of protein and starts at $8.19. A vegetarian option contains 300 calories and 9 grams of protein and starts at $6.75.

The Egg White Grill Grain Bowl breakfast entrée includes the same grain blend of red quinoa, white quinoa and farro, along with scrambled egg whites, grilled chicken and a Monterey jack/cheddar cheese blend. The 220-calorie offering has 29 grams of protein and starts at $4.95.

“We can’t wait to find out what they think to help determine if these items should be added to menus nationwide,” David Farmer, vice president of menu strategy and development, said in a statement

Founded in 1964, family-owned Chick-fil-A Inc. has more than 2,000 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C. Chainwide sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015.

More information can be seen at chick-fil-a.com.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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