What to Eat at Bojangles: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

What to Eat at Bojangles

Verywell / Christian Alzate

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Southern food enthusiasts flock to the Bojangles restaurant chain for their fill of Cajun-seasoned fried chicken, flaky buttermilk biscuits, and popular side fixings—green beans, coleslaw, and grits, to name a few. Started more than 40 years ago in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Bojangles establishment expanded to multiple continents as far as Asia and Europe. After scaling down, Bojangles is now found in 14 states and more than 750 brick and mortar restaurants in the Southeastern part of the U.S.

The predominant menu category is breakfast, which is available all day. The breakfast combo meals come with buttermilk biscuits topped with your choice of proteins (such as the often ordered country ham, a Southern staple) and a side of Bo-Tato Rounds®, the Bojangles version of a hash brown.

What Experts Say

Serving up southern staples like fried chicken, pimento cheese, and southern gravy biscuits, Bojangles offers Cajun-style southern comfort food that does not skimp on richness or flavor. Choose what sounds good to you while keeping in mind that being overly hungry, for any reason, will likely lead to choosing richer foods and larger portions. If you’re a regular here, try to mix it up by choosing the green beans or cajun pintos, or just be intentional about including fruits, vegetables, and other fiber-rich options in your other meals.—Ayana Habtemariam, MSW, RDN, LDN


Navigating the Menu

The majority of the Bojangles menu items are fried with high amounts of sodium, and the popular biscuit meals contain high-fat proteins and include a side of fried potatoes. The signature bone-in chicken meals and chicken sandwiches also have high-fat/high-sodium sides.

To stick to the healthier menu items, ordering a salad with grilled chicken as a main is the best option. If you want to make a meal of the sides (known as “fixins” at Bojangles), the green beans, dirty rice, and Cajun Pintos (for protein) provide the best combination.

Because of the number of fried foods and preservatives, Bojangles is best for enjoying in moderation, on special occasions.

Most Nutritious Options
  • Plain (Biscuits)

  • Grilled Chicken (Sandwiches)

  • Garden (Salads)

  • Sweet Potato Pie (Sweets)

  • Chicken Leg (Kids’ Meal)

  • Wing (Chicken)

  • Green Beans (Fixins)

Least Nutritious Options
  • Steak (Biscuits)

  • Grilled Chicken Club (Sandwiches)

  • Chicken Supremes (Salads)

  • Cinnamon Biscuit (Sweets)

  • Mac ‘N Cheese (Kids’ Meal)

  • Breast (Chicken)

  • Macaroni 'N Cheese (Fixins)

The most nutritious option at Bojangles is the Garden Salad. Toppings include the following:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Red cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Shredded carrots
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Monterey Cheddar cheese

You can also add croutons and dressing. The best salad dressing is Ken’s Fat-Free Italian Dressing with 15 calories, no fat, and five grams of carbohydrates.

Adding grilled chicken to the Garden Salad will bump up your calorie count from 120 to 270. This will also add five grams of fat, but a healthy 24 grams of protein.

Biscuits

You can order a biscuit plain or with a number of protein toppings: eggs, cheese, ham, Cajun filet, sausage, or steak. American cheese will add the least calories, bumping your calorie intake by only 40.

One of the popular menu offerings is the All-Day Breakfast meal with coffee and hash browns (or Bo-Tato Rounds as they are called at Bojangles). The healthiest choice is the Country Ham Biscuit Combo with cured country ham on a buttermilk biscuit, coffee, and hash browns.

Most Nutritious Option

Plain Biscuit

A plain biscuit contains 310 calories, 15 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 37 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, and 780 mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Steak Biscuit

A buttermilk biscuit with country-fried steak has 620 calories, 40 g fat, 17 g saturated fat, 48 g carbohydrates, 16 g protein, and 1,400 mg sodium.

Sandwiches

You can order grilled or Cajun-seasoned chicken sandwiches. All sandwiches come topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a toasted sesame bun. The Grilled Chicken Club is the least healthy option; however, the calorie count between the healthiest and the least nutritious sandwich is only 120 calories.

You can order the sandwiches in a combo and choose your “fixin” and drink. The most nutritious combo options are green beans and bottled water.

Most Nutritious Option

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

The Grilled Chicken Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo has 570 calories, 33 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 36 g carbohydrates, 29 g protein, and 1,350 mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich

The Grilled Chicken Club with chicken and bacon contains 690 calories, 39 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 39 g carbohydrates, 46 g protein, and 2,130 mg sodium.

Salads

The Garden Salad one of the only vegetarian options and is the most nutrient-dense item on the menu. For those who prefer extra protein, you can order a grilled chicken salad instead, which only has 270 calories.

The other salad items contain three hand-breaded chicken tender fritters, which triples the fat content and adds more than 800 grams of sodium per salad compared to the healthier options.

You can also ask for the Garden salad with no cheese and croutons to keep the fat and carb content as low as possible.

Most Nutritious Option

Garden Salad

The Garden Salad, a vegetarian menu item, has 120 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 25 g carbohydrates, 7 g protein, and 180 mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Chicken Supremes Salad

The Chicken Supremes Salad—with three whole-breast, hand-breaded chicken tender fritters—contains 490 calories, 28 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 100 g carbohydrates, 31 g protein, and 870 mg sodium.

Sweets

Despite the sweet tooths of Southern-style cooking devotees, Bojangles dessert offerings aren’t that robust. They only have few options, including the following:

  • Bo-Berry Biscuit, a fruity sweet treat that comes with a biscuit topped with blueberries and a sugary glaze.
  • A sweet potato fried pie that, although a dessert, does offer more vitamins and minerals than typical fast food desserts. The pie is fried in the shape of a hand pocket, making the dessert portable.
  • Cinnamon Biscuits, a Southern, creative version of cinnamon rolls.

Some locations also offer cinnamon twists, which are 380 calories per serving and a healthier option than the cinnamon biscuits.

Most Nutritious Option

Sweet Potato Pie

The fried sweet potato pie has 350 calories, 20 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 10 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, and 100 g sodium. 

Least Nutritious Option

Cinnamon Biscuit

The cinnamon biscuit topped with icing has 490 calories, 27 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 57 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, and 910 mg sodium.

Kids’ Meal

The Bojangles Kids’ Meals are served with water or milk, a fixin, and a biscuit. The main entrée is a choice of two homestyle or supreme tenders, macaroni and cheese (for a vegetarian option), or a chicken leg.

Most Nutritious Option

Chicken Leg Combo Meal

The Chicken Leg Kids' Meal with green beans, water, and a biscuit has 520 calories, 29 g fat, 11 g saturated fat, 50 g carbohydrates, 16 g protein, and 1,650 mg sodium. 

Least Nutritious Option

Mac ‘N Cheese Combo Meal

The Mac 'N Cheese Kids' Meal with water, green beans, and a biscuit has 610 calories, 33 g fat, 14 g saturated fat, 63 g carbohydrates, 15 g protein, and 2,120 mg sodium.

Chicken

Chicken pieces are available in the following pieces: wing (one piece), leg (one piece), thigh (one piece), Supremes (four pieces of tenders), and breast (one piece), listed here in the order of healthiest to least nutritious. These are available most often in combo meals, depending on the location.

Most Nutritious Option

Wing, 1 piece

A chicken wing has 150 calories, 8 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 8 g carbohydrates, 10 g protein, and 300 mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Breast, 1 piece

One chicken breast has 540 calories, 29 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 24 g carbohydrates, 41 g protein, and 580 mg sodium.

Fixins

You can choose to order Fixins individually or with a combo meal as an alternative to the standard French fries you get as a side at most fast food franchises.

In order of healthiest to least healthy for individual size only (“Picnic” sizes vary in order of nutrition), here are the available Fixins, although menu items can vary by location:

  • Green Beans
  • Grits
  • Mashed Potatoes 'N Gravy
  • Bojangles Cajun Pintos®
  • Dirty Rice
  • Coleslaw
  • Bo-Tato Round
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Seasoned Fries

As the healthiest option, the green beans provide a serving of vegetables and are made with tender vegetable strips and Bojangles seasoning.

Most Nutritious Option

Green Beans, Individual Size

An individual size of the green beans contains 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 5 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, and 500 mg sodium. Even the Picnic (large) size of green beans has only 70 calories.

Least Nutritious Option

Macaroni 'N Cheese, Picnic Size

The largest size of macaroni and cheese has 870 calories, 54 g fat, 23 g saturated fat, 64 g carbohydrates, 24 g protein, and 2,550 mg sodium. If this is your fixin choice, you should stick to the individual size, which has 280 calories with 18 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat.

Diet-Specific Options

Despite this sodium-rich, fast food establishment, you can still find a nutritious option at Bojangles and stick to the following diets, although your choices are quite limited:

  • Low-Fat
  • Low-Sodium
  • Keto
  • Vegetarian

Low-Fat

With a number of seasoned chicken items on the menu, you can order signature bone-in chicken, a few sides (including mashed potatoes and gravy), and salad without high amounts of fat, such as the following:

  • Plain Biscuit
  • Garden Salad
  • Chicken Leg
  • Chicken Wing
  • Cajun Pintos
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Grits
  • Chicken Leg
  • Roasted Chicken Bites

Low-Sodium

For a heart-healthy diet, the following items are low sodium:

  • Garden Salad with Ken’s Fat Free Italian Dressing and Homestyle Cheese Garlic Croutons
  • Green Beans
  • Chicken Wing
  • Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Thigh
  • Chicken Leg
  • Chicken Rice Bowl
  • Cajun Pintos
  • Grits

Keto

A high fat/low carb diet is possible at Bojangles with its focus on seasoned chicken, but you might need to make some substitutions of your own, including the following:

  • Remove the bun from the Cajun Chicken Sandwich and Grilled Chicken Sandwich Combo, order green beans as the Fixin
  • 2 Piece Breast and Wing Combo, order green beans as the Fixin
  • Chicken Wing
  • Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Thigh
  • Chicken Leg
  • Cajun Pintos
  • Green Beans

Vegetarian

You can order off the breakfast, salad, kids, and fixin menu for vegetarian options, but you won’t find any vegan options on the menu. You should be aware that the dirty rice contains sausage.

Vegetarian options include the following:

  • Egg and Cheese Biscuit Combo
  • Garden Salad
  • Macaroni and Cheese Kids Combo
  • Green Beans
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Bo-Tato Rounds
  • Seasoned Fries
  • Cajun Pintos
  • Coleslaw

Food Allergies and Safety

According to the Bojangles nutrition website, “some products contain allergens including but not limited to milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish.” To protect yourself from potential allergens, you can perform the following:

  • Talk to a manager if you have any allergies before placing your order. To avoid cross-contamination, staff might be able to make your meal on a separate counter or using separate equipment.
  • Ask for modifications. For example, asking for salad free of cheese if you have lactose intolerance.
  • When in doubt, skip this restaurant. Bojangles explicitly states on the website that the company cannot guarantee any menu item is completely free of allergens.

A Word From Verywell

As a beloved franchise restaurant staple of Southern-style chicken, biscuits, and all the fixings, Bojangles focuses on providing down-home comfort food to please Cajun-loving palates. However, these items come with heavy amounts of seasoning containing sodium and saturated fat. For this reason, you shouldn’t make visiting this establishment a frequent trip.

When you do visit, make sure you familiarize yourself with Bojangles’s nutritional information before you go (available on the website). This allows you to choose carefully rather than feeling rushed, as customers often feel they need to order quickly at fast-food restaurants.

If you must have your seasoned chicken, ordering a leg, breast, or wing has the least amount of fat, and if you pair the protein with green beans and a diet soda or better yet, water to flush out the heaviness of the meal, you can maintain a heart-healthy diet and eat there.

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