Chick-fil-A adds gluten-free bun to menu

ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A has announced it will be adding a gluten-free bun to its menu.

The new bun, which is available for purchase, comes individually packaged and can be ordered with any sandwich, Chick-fil-A said in a statement.

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“While individually packaged and certified free of gluten, guests will be required to assemble their own sandwiches to reduce risk of cross-contamination,” company officials said. “Chick-fil-A kitchens are not gluten-free.”

The fast-food chain said it decided to add the option after getting requests from customers.

Research shows roughly 18 million Americans have a gluten sensitivity or preference.

Chick-fil-A is one of the few chain restaurants that offer a gluten-free bun or option on its menu.

“We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened,” said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A.

“We heard positive feedback in test markets that the bun tastes better than some other gluten-free breads. That’s because instead of rice flower, we’ve made the bun with more premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth.”

The new bun has 150 calories and costs an additional $1.15.