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And Now Ford Fry Is Spreading His Influence to Chick-fil-A

Ford Fry is everywhere.

[Chick-fil-A photo: Wikimedia Commons; Ford Fry photo: Emily Schultz]
[Chick-fil-A photo: Wikimedia Commons; Ford Fry photo: Emily Schultz]

It's been a few days since Ford Fry has made headlines, so here's something new from the restless restaurateur: Fry and Chick-fil-A have teamed up on a new menu item at the locally based chicken chain. Chick-fil-A will soon offer what it calls a "Superfood Side," the company announced Wednesday, and it's expected to debut Monday, January 18.

The side, which replaces a decidedly non-superfood in cole slaw, is made up of chopped broccolini and kale with a maple vinaigrette dressing, and it's topped with dried sour cherries and roasted walnuts, almonds, and pecans. So for customers who are scarfing down fried chicken sandwiches and 32 ounce soft drinks, at least they'll have something on the lighter side to go with their meals.

The new side checks in at 140 calories and 7 grams of fat for a 5 ounce portion and 170 calories and 8 grams of fat for 8 ounces. Fry chalks up his latest creation to the challenge of eating well when fast food is the only option: "I really enjoyed working with the culinary team from Chick-fil-A on incorporating ingredients that are unique to the industry," he said in a prepared statement. "We know that it can be challenging to eat healthy on-the-go, so we wanted to create something that customers will love eating that's also nutritious."

The new Chick-fil-A dish is in stark contrast to the last collaboration Fry had with a prominent chain. In September, he created a one-day burger special at Shake Shack: a double-stack topped with comeback sauce, smoked onions, bread-and-butter pickles, and American cheese, served with a fried oyster.