Industry News | July 17, 2017 | By Danny Klein | QSR Exclusive Brief

Chick-fil-A Testing Family Style Meals, New Sides

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Chick-fil-A has an answer to the take-out craze: Family Style Meals. Starting Monday in Greensboro, North Carolina, Phoenix, and San Antonio, the brand is testing meal kits, including new sides, to meet a growing consumer demand it says affects nearly 40 percent of current dinner customers.

Thirty-six percent of Chick-fil-A dinner diners take their meal to go, the chain says. “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,” says Matt Abercrombie, manager of menu development at Chick-fil-A, in a statement. “Mealtime should be an enjoyable experience that brings family and friends together, not an extra stress in the day.”

Chick-fil-A will pilot the Family Style Meals through November 18. They include one entrée, two sides, and eight Mini Rolls to serve four people, with the option to add additional entrees, sides, and beverages. Customer feedback will decide if the menu items stick.

These include: Chick-n-Strips (12-count); Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Breasts (4-count); Chick-fil-A Nuggets (30-count), and Grilled Chicken Breasts (4-count).

Side options include: Bacon Baked Beans, Fruit Cup, Mac & Cheese, Side Salad, and the Superfood Side. The Family Style Meal starts at $29.99.

There is also a lighter Grilled Chicken Breasts, Side Salad, and Fruit Cup with two Mini Rolls option, which comes in at less than 300 calories per serving.

Additionally, Chick-fil-A is testing Bacon Baked Beans and Mac & Cheese in the three cities.

“The Bacon Baked Beans are kettle-cooked with bacon and brown sugar for a sweet and savory taste,” Chick-fil-A says in the release. “The Mac & Cheese side is a classic macaroni and cheese recipe featuring a special blend of cheeses including Cheddar, Parmesan, and Romano.”