Chick-fil-A Expands Breakfast Menu With Hash Brown Scramble Bowl, Burrito

Chick-fil-A lovers have long been able to order their favorite chicken sandwich in breakfast form via a biscuit. Now they can get it in bowl form, complete with hash browns. 

The fast food chicken joint announced today the launch of its first breakfast bowl, the Hash Brown Scramble.

The new meal is made with Chick-fil-A’s tot hash browns, scrambled eggs, cheese, jalapeño salsa, and choice of chicken nuggets or sausage.

The fast food chain explains that it wants to give its customers more options and saw an opportunity to reach people looking for breakfast bowls, an increasingly popular option for those tired of breakfast sandwiches.

In addition to the new bowl, Chick-fil-A says it will replace also offer a Hash Brown Scramble burrito, which will replace the current breakfast burrito.

The breakfast offerings are just the latest new offerings at Chick-fil-A. The company began testing a $30 family style meal back in July. A month before that, the chain debuted a gluten-free bun.

Chick-Fil-A Testing $30 Family Style Meals So Everyone Can Just Share

Taking a page from KFC’s finger-lickin’ chicken book, Chick-fil-A is stepping away from fast food’s traditional individual meals — you know the ones where everyone has their own fries they never finish — and dipping its toes into family style meals. 

Chick-fil-A recently began testing family style meals, along with new sides, at select locations in North Carolina, Arizona, and Texas.

The Family Style Meals, which will be available at the restaurants until Nov. 18, are meant to serve four people, and include one entree, two sides, and eight mini rolls.

The $29.99 meal comes with customers’ choice of 12 Chick-n-Strips, four Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Breasts, 30 Chick-fil-A Nuggets, or four Grilled Chicken Breasts. Side options include fruit cup, side salad, and the superfood side, as well as new sides of bacon baked beans and mac & cheese.

Customers have the option of adding additional entrees, sides, and beverages to the meal deal for an extra charge.

While it’s unclear how much the add-ons will cost customers, the original meal deal is in line with many of KFC’s family style options. For instance, at KFC customers will pay $20 for a “Fill Up,” which comes with eight pieces of chicken, a large cole slaw, four biscuits, and two mashed potatoes and gravy sides.

Chick-fil-A says the decision to test family style meals came as a response to customers’ requests for more takeout options.

In fact, the chain says that 36% of its customers take their meals to go, and those customers are looking for even more convenience.

“Our customers told us that they wanted an even more convenient way to share meals at home or on the go, so we worked directly with a group of parents to design every part of Family Style Meals – down to the cutlery caddy that features five unique conversation starter questions to help customers connect over mealtime,” Matt Abercrombie, manager of menu development at Chick-fil-A, said in a statement.

The meals are being tested in Greensboro, NC, Phoenix, and San Antonio. Feedback from customers will be used to determine if the family style meals will expand in the future.

Dress Like A Cow Tomorrow, Get A Free Entree From Chick-Fil-A

If you’ve got a hankering for free food and have no problem looking like a farm animal in public, July 12 will be your lucky day: Chick-fil-A is offering complimentary entrees to anyone who shows up at its restaurants dressed like a cow.

The chain is celebrating its “Eat Mor Chikin Campaign” with the 12th annual “Cow Appreciation Day” on Tuesday, and it’s all about showing your spots at one of Chick-fil-A’s 2,000 U.S. locations: to qualify you have to wear some kind of cow attire — either a full costume or simply a cow accessory at the restaurant, anytime between when the location opens through 7 p.m. local time.

Customers who get all cowed up will get a choice of a free entree, while kids will receive a free Kid’s Meal for dressing in a cow costume, Chick-fil-A says.

“Cow Appreciation Day is the one day where it’s okay to dress ‘udderly’ crazy and get rewarded for it,” said Jon Bridges, Chick-fil-A’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. We see what he did there.

Chick-Fil-A Will Give You Free Ice Cream If You’ll Just Put Your Stupid Phone Down For Five Minutes

We get it. You are very important. The planet faces imminent danger if you’re not available to return texts. Your @mentions NEED to be responded to. Also, this Chick-Fil-A is exotic and new and your Instagram followers crave evidence that you’ve eaten there, lest they question you later and you can’t come up with a receipt for your waffle fries.

Except here’s the thing: maybe not. Maybe you can just chill a little and eat your sandwich and talk about how together everyone feels eating their fast food chicken (which may or may not come with a less delicious side order of bigotry). But maybe you need motivation to put down your phone. Some kind of reward, perhaps? If that’s the case, more than 150 Chick-Fil-As are happy to accommodate you and your family with a “cell phone coop” in which you can incubate your iPhones until they turn into an ice cream cone.

Of course, it would be awesome if your phone literally turned into an ice cream cone by the time you were done eating, but the coop, which relies on the honor system, is the next best thing. The creation of franchisee Brad Williams, the coop allows patrons to just eat their meals in relative peace and without any emoji involvement. Here’s Williams’ take:

“As we all know, technology increasingly demands more of our time and can be a big distraction, even while we’re eating,” Williams said in a statement. “This got me thinking about what we could do to reduce this distraction during meals.”

No word on whether single diners can also enjoy the luxury of the cell phone coop (or would that just be too weird? Just sitting there and eating without staring at your phone?). There’s also the issue of the service not being available everywhere.  In fact, Fortune suggests that you call up your local store and ask whether they’re offering the promotion before just heading down there and demanding your free cone of fun. Seems like a lot of hassle, but free ice cream is free ice cream, right?

Chick Fil-A: Lose Weight By Eating Chicken Nuggets Every Few Hours

There are a lot of spotlight-chasers who have made headlines for proving that yes, you can lose weight eating only [pick a fast food chain], but those “dieters” also tried to change things up with their weight-loss plans — a chicken sandwich for lunch, a burger for dinner, self-loathing for dessert. But some poorly worded healthy eating recommendations from Chick fil-A suggests that you eat some of the chain’s chicken nuggets every few hours.

SBnation’s Rodger Sherman was reading the “Great Ideas for Healthier Living” tips on the back of his Chick fil-A bag and noticed that the top tip is to “Kick off the New Year by adding one healthy habit to your routine,” with the suggestion to “Eat smaller meals (like an 8-count pack of grilled nuggets) every three to four hours.”

We’re assuming that Chick fil-A didn’t intend for their back-of-bag message to imply that you shouldonly eat its nuggets — especially since the fast food chain isn’t open on Sundays — but there is an implication that the nutrition provided by the 8-piece nuggets would suffice for a full meal.

Figuring that you sleep for eight hours a day, this means you would eat 4-5 of these nugget meals each day. That means you would only consume between 560 and 700 calories daily, far short of the 1,500 to 2,000 calorie range recommended for most adults. Even if you add in 60 calories per meal for dipping sauce, you’re still looking at between 800 and 1,000 calories a day.

While the grilled chicken nuggets are low in carbs and fats, they don’t skimp on the sodium. At 530mg per serving, you’d likely reach the upper safe limit (around 2,300 mg) of daily sodium intake every day.

Chick-fil-A’s “Mom’s Valet” Aims To Take The Stress Out Of Dining With Children

A simple trip for fast food can become anxiety-inducing when you throw a carful of excited kids into the mix. In an attempt to quell this chaos, Chick fil-A is testing a new service dubbed “Mom’s Valet.”

The service, Business Insider reports, enables parents with children to order their meals via the drive-thru, then come inside with their brood to eat.

Once an order is placed and paid for at the drive-thru, a Chick-fil-A employee will prepare a table for them and bring their order to them.

David Farmer, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of menu strategy and development, tells Business Insider that the idea for the service came about after employees noticed how hectic the ordering process could be for families.

The service, which will be advertised on participating restaurants’ drive-thru signs, is part of the company’s focus on “taking the stress out,” and making the dining experience more relaxing for all customers.

Tampa Bay Area Chick-fil-A’s Unlimited Nugget Promotion Goes Viral

A Florida Chick-fil-A’s all you can eat nugget promotion has gone viral with tens of thousands of Facebook shares around the country.

The St. Petersburg location is offering unlimited nuggets and waffle fries for $12.99. Kids under 12 pay $8.99 on Friday. The problem — it’s only for that restaurant. Loyal fans saw the promotion and shared it on social media sites across the country, confusing many into thinking that bottomless nuggets were soon coming to their local stores.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the St. Pete Beach restaurant removed a post about the promotion but not before the company’s corporate page was flooded with inquiries asking if the event was universal.

An employee at the location confirmed the event is happening Friday and said it was never supposed to go viral.