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Best Thing at Zaxby’s: What’s On the Menu?

Last Updated on February 22, 2024 by Lauren Beck

When you think of mouth-watering chicken, “Zaxby’s” is probably the first name that comes to mind, especially if you’re in the Southeastern region of the United States.

Zaxby’s has been serving incredible chicken since 1990. However, boneless wings and chicken fingers are not the only delicious eats in Zaxby’s. They also have salads and sandwich meals.

Keep scrolling to know what’s the best thing at Zaxby’s so you’ll know what to get on your next visit.

Top 20 Things To Try At Zaxby’s

1. The Nibbler

If you want to taste good Southern cooking, try this perfectly constructed snack. The snack is composed of a toasted bun, chicken tenders, and topped with Zax sauce. 

We like that it’s simple so you can taste the flavors of the famous Zaxby’s Chicken Fingerz.

2. Fried White Cheddar Bites

You can’t go wrong with deep-fried cheese, especially when talking about Fried White Cheddar Bites at Zaxby’s. The bite-sized bits of cheddar cheese are breaded and deep-fried into golden perfection. 

The snack also comes with a marinara sauce for dipping. The sauce takes the deep-fried cheese to the next level. If you like, you can also order other additional Zax sauces that suit your liking.

3. Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This might be a perfect option if you want a healthy and still kickin’ chicken sandwich meal. As it’s grilled, this chicken sandwich is lower in calories than other options than most sandwiches on Zaxby’s menu. 

This sandwich delivers 530 calories and 38 g of protein. The grilled chicken with ranch sauce, tomatoes, and crisp lettuce is served on a toasted potato bun.

It’s a perfect choice if you want a quick bite to eat. If you don’t mind the additional calories, you can also order fries with it.

4. Zax Sauce

Zax sauce goes so well with Zaxby’s Chicken Fingerz, boneless wings, and other menu items at Zaxby’s. It adds additional flavor to the meal that will make you want more. It’s creamy but also a bit tangy at the same time. 

It also has the perfect balance of spiciness and sweetness. Zax sauce tastes like honey mustard and ketchup blended.

5. Fried Pickles

Fried pickles are another fan favorite among Zaxby’s menu items. How can you not love them? The crispy breading, the pickle, and the creamy Ranch sauce that comes with it are something you would keep returning for more. 

It’s a shareable menu item, but we bet you’ll want these pickles to yourself. 

The crinkle-cut pickles have a slight dill flavor and southern cornmeal roots. You can get an extra sauce like a spicy Zax sauce for a bit of kick

6. Coleslaw

Zaxby’s coleslaw is made with signature coleslaw dressing, diced cabbage, and carrots. It’s creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. 

You can order this as a side for chicken fingers, boneless wings, or any meal you prefer. 

If you pair it with spicy food, the creaminess of the coleslaw can tone down the spiciness of the meal.

This coleslaw is good. However, we wish the vegetables were not too finely chopped so there would still be a crunch in every bite.

7. Tongue Torch Sauce

If you like a sauce that has a kick, the tongue torch sauce might be the right one for you. It’s just the right amount of spiciness to let you know it’s there. 

It’s not overwhelming and won’t make you cry. It’s loaded with flavor and versatile. It’s perfect for traditional wings, Zaxby’s chicken fingers, sandwiches, and fries. 

8. Spicy Fried Mushrooms

Zaxby’s Spicy Fried Mushrooms might be a perfect choice if you want to try something out of the ordinary. It’s unique because it’s a side dish. It’s not a typical side dish you get at a fast food joint, and it’s also spicy! 

While it’s not typical, it does not disappoint. This side dish is flavorful, and the mushrooms are crispy. It’s served with the creamy ranch dipping sauce, but trust us, it’s good on its own!

9. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is a smart choice for a dessert. It’s a delicious dessert that you won’t be guilty about eating because it contains 6 g of fat, 2g of protein, and 125 g of sodium. Have you ever wondered about calories? 

Calories refer to the energy you get from the food you eat and beverages you drink. If you consume more calories than your body needs, your body stores those extra calories as fat. [1] 

With the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, you don’t have to worry about the calories as it only contains 160 calories.

10. Cajun Club Sandwich

This Zaxby’s meal would remind you of the South, wherever you may be in the U.S. The blackened chicken is covered in Cajun spices which makes it flavorful. 

The toppings like bacon, tomatoes, crisp lettuce, American cheese, and ranch sauce make the sandwich much better. It’s served alongside Crinkle Fries.

11. The Blue Zalad

If you’re looking for lighter menu options at Zaxby’s, don’t fret because they have the blue Zalad. Mixed greens, red cabbage, Roma Tomatoes, carrots, fried onions, blue cheese crumbles, and chicken are tossed together. 

You can choose two salad dressings: lite ranch, Mediterranean, honey mustard,  blue cheese, thousand islands, and caesar. 

What we like about this salad is that it’s customizable. You can choose from blackened, buffalo, and garden chicken. Whichever you choose, the chicken is flavorful. 

You can also order the salad with Texas Toast.

12. Buffalo Chicken Fingerz

buffalo chicken wings with white dipping sauce

If you love the regular Chicken Fingerz, you’ll probably love the Buffalo Chicken Fingerz. Zaxby’s buffalo sauce is mixed with fried Chicken Fingerz to take things up a notch. The result is a more flavorful chicken with a bit of tanginess. 

13. Texas Toast

The three-piece thick-sliced Texas toast with Zaxby’s signature garlic spread is something worth trying. You may think it’s just toast, but Zaxby’s Texas toast is good. 

The bread is cut thick, so it’s not soggy at all. It’s perfect to pair with other meals if you need some extra carbs.

14. Garden Caesar Salad

You can opt for the Garden Caesar Salad for a healthy meal. This is made with mixed greens, croutons, fried onions, a bit of bacon, and parmesan cheese. It’s served with their Caesar dressing. You can choose between fried, grilled, or garden chicken. 

This salad delivers 280 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat),  23 g carbs, 18 g protein, and 730 mg sodium. 

You can order Texas Toast if you want additional carbs.

15. Crinkle Fries

Perfect as a side dish to every menu item on the menu, the crispy Crinkle Cut Fries are seasoned with their signature seasoning salt. 

Dip them in ketchup and ranch, and you’re in for a delicious treat. You can also be creative and dip them in additional sauces of your liking.

If you ordered a Big Zax Snak Meal, Crinkle Fries are included.

16. The House Zalad

This may be traditional, but it’s stellar. The House Zalad has Roma tomatoes, cucumber, fried onions, cheddar and Jack cheeses, mixed greens, red cabbage, and carrots. In every bite, there’s a party of flavors. 

It’s served with a side of Texas toast, and they allow you to choose between fried, garden, or grilled chicken. You can also choose two dressings like lite ranch or lite vinaigrette.

17. Spicy Signature Sandwich

The Spicy Signature Sandwich is one of the most popular items on the menu, and it’s for a reason. On a split-top potato bun is a double hand-breaded fillet topped with three thick-cut pickle chips and Spicy Zax sauce. 

If you find the original sandwich too plain, you’ll love this one because the Spicy Zax Sauce adds a kick of flavor. You can order it with Crinkle Fries and a tall glass of Sweet Tea for a complete meal.

18. Chicken Fingerz

The hand-breaded chicken tenders are fried into golden perfection and served with Zax sauce. However, if you want to try something new, you can try other dipping sauces like buffalo garlic blaze or honey mustard. 

It can also be enjoyed with Crinkle Fries and Coca-Cola.

19. Signature Sandwich

This no-fuss sandwich might be simple with ingredients, but it’s bursting with flavors. The white breast meat fillet is double-hand breaded and served on a buttery, toasted potato bun. It has no unnecessary toppings, just thick-cut pickle chips and Zax sauce. 

The flavors of the chicken, pickles, and Zax sauce go perfectly well together. This is a must-try!

20. Traditional Bone-In Wings

These chicken wings tossed in a sauce of your choice and served with ranch sauce are delicious and worth trying. They’re healthier than their deep-fried and breaded counterparts. They deliver 300 calories and 30 g of protein. 

They also contain 19 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, and 0 g carbs, so if you’re watching your weight, the Traditional Bone-In Wings might be a smart choice.


Is Zaxby’s chicken real?

No, Zaxby’s chicken is not real. They use a processed-pressed product.

Does Zaxby’s offer meals for vegans?

Yes, Zaxby’s offers meals for vegans. Some of their meals can be customized for vegans. You can order the Blue Zalad (without blue cheese). They also have Crinkle Fries and Texas Toasts.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a filling and delicious meal in the Southern region, Zaxby’s will not disappoint. Zaxby’s restaurants are famous for their chicken meals. 

In 1994 in Bowling Green, KY, Zaxby’s started serving flavorful chicken meals that people love and continue up to this day. Zaxby’s even received recognition for their foods. 

At the 2021 Thrillist’s Fast Food Awards, they honored fast food and fast-casual chains, and Zaxby’s was among the awardees. The Fasties, Thrillist’s annual food awards, awarded the Best Fried Chicken Sandwich (Fast Casual) to Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich. [2] 

Zaxby’s famous Crinkle fries were shortlisted for Thrillist’s Best Fries Recognition (Fast Food category). Even if they were not hailed as the winner, Zaxby’s Crinkle Fries Won the People’s Choice Award on Twitter for the same category.

Their chicken fingers, traditional wings, and boneless wings might be some of the best, but their other menu items are worth trying. Try Nibblerz Meal and Big Zax Snak Meal on your next visit!


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