Zaxby’s Nutrition Info (Calories, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Zaxby's LogoOn the surface, Zaxby’s might seem like a healthy menu, but just how true is that? We aim to find out with this Zaxby’s Nutrition Info page. In this guide we will answer your frequently asked questions about this chain and its menu, including:

  • What are Zaxby’s Vegetarian Options?
  • Does Zaxby’s Have a Gluten-Free Menu?
  • Is Zaxby’s Healthy?
  • How Many Calories are in Zaxby’s Dishes?
  • Does Zaxby’s Have a Vegan Menu?

This is one of our most popular restaurants here on Secret Menus. It may not be the biggest chain out there, nor is it the most well known. But you guys can’t see to get enough of it and we’re also big fans. So, let’s learn a little more about it and see how its dishes stack-up against other casual dining and fast food chains in terms of nutritional value.

Zaxby’s Nutrition Info

Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Cherry Fanta16000044
Coca Cola15000041
Coke Zero00000
Diet Coke00000
HI-C Fruit Punch16000042
Low Fat Milk11031.5012
Lowfat Chocolate Milk16031.5025
Minute Maid Apple Juice 9100022
Minute Maid Lite Lemonade100002
Pibb Xtra17000046
Sweet Tea15000040
Unsweet Tea00000
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
BBQ Sauce5000011
Blue Cheese Dressing18019402
Caesar Dressing16017301
Honey French Dressing15012208
Honey Mustard Dressing15013205
Honey Mustard Sauce330305012
Hot Honey Mustard Sauce 11091.505
Insane Sauce201001
Lite Ranch Dressing908201
Lite Vinaigrette Dressing350007
Mediterranean Dressing14014203
Nuclear Sauce150001
Original Sauce2530.500
Ranch Dressing16016301
Ranch Sauce200213.502
Sweet & Spicy Glaze7010014
Teriyaki Sauce6000012
Thousand Island Dressing23024403
Tongue Torch Sauce150002
Wimpy Sauce301004
Zax Sauce180172.504
Zestable Sauce220223.501
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Chocolate Chip Cookie16074015
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie16074013
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie17084014
Kiddie Cheese800511506
Kiddie Finger570364.505
Kiddie Nibbler550294.508
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Banana Pudding Milkshake7903621089
Birthday Cake Milkshake8603823098
Chocolate Cookie Milkshake9453821.50110
Cajun Club Sandwich Basket10205010.5013
Club Sandwich Basket12507414.508
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Basket of Celery42042705
Basket of Texas Toast44020406
Caesar Side Salad22012602
Chicken Finger Nibbler330193.507
Chicken Salad Side23017302
Cole Slaw140112010
Fried Pickles Side530456.503
Fried White Cheddar Bites w/ Marinara Sauce4702911013
Onion Rings500405.503
Side Salad150003
Large Crinkle Fries58026302
Regular Crinkle Fries36016201
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
5 Piece Chicken Fingerz610395.504
10 Piece Chicken Fingerz1230791109
20 Piece Chicken Fingerz245015923018
20 Piece Buffalo Wings17501222605
5 Piece Buffalo Wings540418.502
10 Piece Buffalo Wings8806112.504
20 Piece Buffalo Fingers25501752508
5 Piece Buffalo Fingers630436.502
10 Piece Buffalo Fingers1270871304
20 Piece Boneless Wings1580951405
5 Piece Boneless Wings480355.502
10 Piece Boneless Wings79048704
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Chicken Salad41023408
Ranchero Salad630381008
House Salad w/ Grilled Chicken570281207
House Salad No Chicken410241106
House Salad w/ Fried Chicken7604213.506
Cobb Salad No Chicken5253213.507
Cobb Salad w/ Fried Chicken875501607
Cobb Salad w/ Grilled Chicken6853514.508
Caesar Salad No Chicken38021804
Caesar Salad w/ Grilled Chicken54025905
Caesar Salad w/ Fried Chicken7303910.504
Blue Salad w/ Buffaloed Chicken7754213.507
Blue Salad No Chicken410241105
Blue Salad w/ Blackened Chicken580281205
Item NameCalories (kcal)Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Trans Fat (g)Sugars (g)
Grilled Marinated Chicken1708301
Fajita Vegetables352002
Black Beans1401001
Cilantro Lime Rice1903100
Three Cheese Queso908501
Pico de Gallo100002
Salsa Roja200002
Shredded Cheese17013810
Corn Tortilla Chips56026502

Zaxby’s Nutrition Basics / Healthy Options

Chicken is a lean meat packed full of protein and with very little fat. As a result, you might think that a chicken restaurant like this would be very healthy for you. Except, that’s not really the case, nor is it the case in many other, similar restaurants. That’s because diners don’t want bland chicken breasts boiled to death and served without sauce or sides. They could cook that at home. They want chicken that tastes amazing, and that requires a lot of extra fat, sugar and everything else that tastes great but will probably kill you before you get your pension.

Zaxby’s Nutrition is a little better than the fried chicken and fat-heavy chicken you’ll find from the Popeyes Menu to the KFC Menu, but like the Nando’s Menu, there are as many healthy options as there are unhealthy ones. The former tend to offer lightly grilled chicken served with fresh salads. The latter tends to offer fried chicken, or chicken loaded with fatty sauces. So, make sure you read the Zaxby’s Nutrition table above and check in advance.

If you’re very selective when looking through the Zaxby’s Nutrition table then you will be able to pick-out some healthy options, or rather some healthier options. Some of their “Zalads” are a perfect fit for this, offering a fresh, healthy meal, starter or side.

Zaxby’s Calories

Zaxby's Full MenuWe mentioned that Zaxby’s nutrition can be a bit of a surprise. To prove this to you, we can compare some of their more popular menu options to what you can get elsewhere. Take the Cajun Club Sandwich as an example. It contains chicken, tomatoes and lettuce, so it can’t be that bad, right? Well, actually, it comes in at close to 1050 calories!

For the same calories you can consume 2 Carved Turkey with Bacon subs or 3 Cold Cut Combo subs from Subway. If you prefer, you can order two packed bagel sandwiches from Bruegger’s Bagels or a few sugar-laden donuts from Krispy Kreme.

It’s not just the meat mains either. The Fried Cobb Salad, which you might think is light and healthy, gives you the same amount of calories as 1.5 Big Macs from McDonalds, a medium cheese pizza from Little Caesars or around 7 Original Sliders from White Castle. And that’s for a salad, something often eaten as an appetizer!

If you sit down for a three-course meal, with a salad, a main, a dessert and some drinks, it’s very easy to hit 3,000 calories. That’s the equivalent of nearly 4 Cinnabon rolls; two large cheese pizzas and a side of fries; and a whopping 6 Big Macs! So, keep that in mind the next time you think that all chicken is healthy and that anything with a little lettuce is good for you.

Zaxby’s Vegetarian Options

There are plenty of vegetarian options at Zaxby’s. You can see these on our Zaxby’s Nutrition table above or on our Zaxby’s Menu Prices page. There are many meals that are prepared meat-free as standard, but you can also simply ask for their salads, sandwiches and other meals to be prepared without the meat. The servers are usually very accommodating, as is often the case with big chains like this. After all, you don’t make it to over 800 locations without satisfying the needs of all your customers.

One of the most popular vegetarian options at Zaxby’s is the classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich. This is the ultimate lazy, naughty vegetarian meal. It’s also a favorite with meat eaters. It’s not usually the meal you order when eating out and is often something you make yourself when you need to bury your sorrows in half a pound of cheese (or maybe that’s just us) but the Zaxby’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich is worth the effort.

Zaxby’s Vegan Options

Zaxby's Menu
Once you take away the meat, the cheese and the eggs, there aren’t many meals left on this menu. You can see that yourself from our Zaxby’s Nutrition table above. Simply put, this isn’t a very accommodating menu for vegans.

However, as we mentioned already, big chains tend to do all they can to cater for as many diners as possible and there are some vegan options out there. We have listed these below but you should also check with your server when you order. There may be some new items added and there may also be something else they can offer you depending on the location.

  • Side Salad
  • Light Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Basket of Celery (order without the ranch dressing)
  • Crinkle Cut Fries
  • Pickle Spear
  • Tater Chips (order these without the ranch dipping sauce)

Zaxby’s Gluten-Free Options

Zaxby's Full Menu

Zaxby’s does not have the biggest or the best gluten-free menu we have encountered, but there are gluten-free options. These are often marked clearly on the menu and you can also get more information about them from your server. There may be an issue with cross-contamination, so you should enquire about this when you order if you have a sensitivity to gluten and are not just avoiding it out of choice.

In most cases, they will try to avoid cross-contamination if you let them know about your sensitivity. However, due to the nature of food preparation and storage in big chains like this, it might not always be possible. In most cases you will be okay and the only reason you will see a warning about cross-contamination is because they want to cover themselves and avoid any legal backlash.

Right now, you can find the following gluten-free options on the Zaxbys menu. We will update this as more appear:

  • Chicken Wings
  • The Caesar Zalad (ask for it without the chicken and croutons)
  • Side Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Crinkle Cut Fries
  • Celery Sticks
  • Tater Chips
  • Thousand Island Dressing
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Roadhouse Dressing
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Honey French Dressing
  • Hot Honey and Mustard Dressing
  • Tongue Torch Dipping Sauce
  • Insane Dipping Sauce
  • Zax Sauce
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Light Ranch Dressing
  • Mediterranean Dressing
  • Nuclear Sauce
  • Original Wing Sauce
  • Wimpy Sauce
  • Zestable Sauce
  • Zax Sauce
  • Chocolate Milkshake
  • Birthday Cake Milkshake
  • Strawberry Milkshake
  • Vanilla Milkshake