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Low Carb Church’s Chicken Guide for Beginners

Learn how to order low carb Church’s Chicken like an expert.

See real-life photos of my actual low carb Church’s Chicken orders.

Get my printable Church’s Chicken low carb menu to see macros for their different low carb chicken options.

What To Order

Church’s does not have grilled chicken. To eat low carb you must exert discipline and peel the batter off their fried chicken.

Depending on your carb quota for the day you may be able to eat one fully battered piece of chicken and then peel the rest.

I’ve provided estimated macros for partially peeled chicken. You can see in my pictures what partially peeled looks like for me. I leave just enough batter to get some flavor.

I’ve listed macros for both the Original Batter and Spicy Batter chicken. The Original Batter has fewer carbs.

1. Fried Drumsticks (Partially Peel Them)

The Original Drumsticks have 6 net carbs each, but if you partially peel them and eat mostly meat, then you can get that down to 1-2 net carbs per drumstick.

Low Carb Church's Chicken Drumsticks

My Low Carb Church’s Chicken Drumsticks (Original Batter)

  • Price: $3.79 for two pieces.
  • Macros Per Drumstick:
    • Original – 150 calories, 6g net carbs, and 12g protein.
    • Spicy Batter – 160 calories, 8g net carbs, and 13g protein
  • Est. Macros Per Drumstick (Partially Peeled):
    • Original – 110 calories, 2g net carbs, and 11g protein.
    • Spicy – 120 calories, 3g net carbs, and 12g protein

2. Fried Chicken Thighs (Partially Peeled)

The Original Thighs have 11g net carbs each, but much of the batter is covering bones and other inedible parts. If you partially peel the batter of each piece and then eat mostly meat you can make this low carb.

Low Carb Church's Chicken Thighs

My Low Carb Church’s Chicken Thighs (Original Batter)

  • Price: $3.79 for two pieces.
  • Macros Per Thigh:
    • Original – 360 calories, 11g net carbs, and 18g protein.
    • Spicy – 380 calories, 20g net carbs, and 17g protein.
  • Est. Macros Per Thigh (Partially Peeled):
    • Original – 290 calories, 4g net carbs, and 16g protein.
    • Spicy – 310 calories, 8g net carbs, and 15g protein.

3. Fried Chicken Breast (Partially Peeled)

They charge $0.75 more per piece for white meat at Church’s Chicken. I guess it’s larger, or more in-demand. So your chicken breasts cost more and taste worse.

Low Carb Churchs Chicken Breast

My Low Carb Church’s Chicken Breast

  • Price: $5.19 for two pieces.
  • Macros Per Breast:
    • Original – 250 calories, 9g net carbs, and 23g protein.
    • Spicy – 280 calories, 11g net carbs, and 22g protein
  • Est. Macros Per Breast (Partially Peeled):
    • Original – 190 calories, 3g net carbs, and 15g protein.
    • Spicy – 220 calories, 5g net carbs, and 14g protein

4. Fried Chicken Wing

These chicken wings are much larger than the ones I get at my local wing joint.

Low Carb Churchs Chicken Wing

  • Price: $5.19 for two pieces.
  • Macros Per Wing:
    • Original – 290 calories, 8g net carbs, and 24g protein.
    • Spicy – 350 calories, 18g net carbs, and 25g protein
  • Est. Macros Per Wing (Partially Peeled):
    • Original – 240 calories, 3g net carbs, and 23g protein.
    • Spicy – 260 calories, 7g net carbs, and 24g protein

5. Side of Green Beans

Green Beans are only available at participating Church’s Chicken locations and my nearest location doesn’t carry them, so I made a mock photo using a can of green beans from my pantry. Church’s green beans come simmered in broth and with bacon bits so they probably look more appetizing than this.

Low Carb Church's Chicken Mock Green Bean Replica

My Low Carb Church’s Chicken Green Bean Replica

  • Price: Included as one of your two free sides in most orders.
  • Macros: 45 calories, 5g net carbs, and 3g protein.

Unless you’re really craving something green, I’d probably forego the green beans anyways as it doesn’t feel like it’s worth the 5g net carbs.

6. Jalapeno Pepper

The only food on the menu that’s less than 5g net carb. So lonely.

Low Carb Church's Chicken Jalapeno Pepper

My Low Carb Church’s Chicken Jalapeno Pepper

  • Price: Included free with most orders.
  • Macros: 5 calories, 1g net carbs, and 0g protein.

What To Avoid

The list of foods to avoid at Church’s Chicken is longer than the list of foods you can eat. They have a lot of food on their menu that seems like it might be low carb but isn’t.

Tempting sides to avoid

  • Cole Slaw – 14g net carbs
  • Okra – 28g net carbs
  • Jalapeno Cheese Bombers – 23g net carbs

Tempting entrées to avoid

  • Boneless Wings (1-count) – 11g net carbs
  • Chicken Strips (3-count) – 15g net carbs
  • Crispy Fish – 16g net carbs
  • Popcorn Shrimp – 34g net carbs
  • Chicken Fried Steak – 37g net carbs

Tempting sauces to avoid

  • Cocktail Sauce – 6g net carbs
  • Honey BBQ Sauce – 11g net carbs
  • Honey Sauce – 12g net carbs
  • White Gravy – 20g net carbs

Overall Ratings

I rate Church’s Chicken as low carb oblivious. They don’t know we exist. I find that charming rather than alarming because there are plenty of other fast food chains with low carb options so this doesn’t cause me pain.

Church’s Chicken gets my respect because they don’t pretend to be healthy and they stick to what they’re good at. My hope is that our low carb movement get so big that companies like Church’s Chicken will offer low carb entrees simply because it makes good business sense.

In the meantime, here are their ratings:

  • Low carb friendly – No.
  • Low carb entrees on menu – No. They should consider offering grilled chicken like KFC and Popeye’s.
  • Satiety of low carb entrees – Average.
  • Taste of low carb entrees – Above average. If you have the discipline to peel the batter off the fried chicken, the meat below is delicious.
  • Price / value of low carb entrees –  Well above average. $5 deals are insanely good.
  • Ordering experience – Average. Drive thru operator was friendly and accommodating my first time through.

 

Here are links to my reviews of Chick-Fil-A, KFC, and Popeyes if you want other low carb fried chicken options.

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