Finally, you may be able to have some Chick-fil-A on a Sunday.
Chick-fil-A announced this week that it will offer cook-at-home meal kits to customers starting in Atlanta next month, and will test the idea for a possible nationwide roll-out. The restaurant becomes the first fast food chain to offer a full take-home-and-prepare meal kit.
Customers can pick the kits up at the restaurants, either through the drive-thru or inside, during the trial run, which will start in late August and go into the fall at 150 Atlanta-area restaurants.
The meal kits will provide pre-measured ingredients for several chicken dishes, but alas the classic Chick-fil-A sandwich and the breakfast chicken biscuit aren’t among them. Those waffle fries don’t appear to be part of the kits, either. Recipes and ingredients include a chicken parmesan, chicken enchiladas, and a crispy Dijon chicken recipe that the company says “pays the most homage to Chick-fil-A’s southern roots – but with a reimagined twist.” While the recipes are different from the offerings in the restaurants – the chicken itself is the same as what’s used at Chick-fil-A.
“We know our guests are busier than ever and need a variety of convenient dinner options,” Chick-fil-A’s director of the project, Michael Patrick, said in a company press release. “We designed our offering so our guests don’t have to order ahead, subscribe to a service, or make an extra stop at the grocery store. They simply pick up a Mealtime Kit at one of our restaurants at their convenience – for example, when they’re already at a Chick-fil-A restaurant grabbing breakfast or lunch, or in the drive-thru on their way home.”
Research firm Packaged Facts says the home meal kit industry is a $5 billion a year industry.