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Company responses: Chicken

We reached out to the five chains we tested for their response to our investigation. Here’s what they told us:

A&W
Our Chicken Grill is a whole piece of white breast meat. It’s a single piece of chicken breast filet, with no other chicken breast pieces bound to it. The meat is marinated in water, garlic, onion, vegetable oil, spices and yeast to give it its juiciness and flavour. The specific marinade ingredients include: water, salt, dextrose, maltodextrin, sodium tripolyphosphate, flavour (contains hydrogenated soybean & cottonseed oil), garlic powder, onion powder, modified corn starch, glucose solids, torula yeast, spice, vegetable oil, brown sugar, caramel colour, autolyzed yeast extract. We don't use any fillers in any of our chicken menu items including the Chicken Grill.  When we cook the chicken on a grill in the restaurant a lot of the marinade and water evaporates off, but we have not done the analysis to determine the final breakdown of percentages.

McDonald’s
Our grilled chicken sandwich is made with 100% seasoned chicken breast. The chicken breast is (a single piece) trimmed for size to fit the sandwich. We don’t release the percentage of each ingredient for competitive reasons, but on the nutrition centre people can see that our grilled chicken includes seasoning and other ingredients, just like at home.

Subway
SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted. However, we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content. Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein. We use this ingredient in these products as a means to help stabilize the texture and moisture. All of our chicken items are made from 100% white meat chicken which is marinated, oven roasted and grilled. We tested our chicken products recently for nutritional and quality attributes and found it met our food quality standards. We will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all of our menu items and ingredients.

Tim Hortons
We offer nutritional and ingredient information for our products on our website so our Guests can make informed decisions about their food choices. We also participate in Informed Dining, which is a program that provides consumers with detailed nutritional information for standard menu options. We recommend you contact Restaurants Canada for more information about the work they are doing to support this initiative.

Wendy’s
Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a whole muscle chicken breast fillet; not reformed or restructured.  In addition, we use only 100% Canadian chicken in Canada.  For our grilled chicken sandwich and other grilled chicken products (salads, wraps, etc.) we use a juicy, all-white meat chicken breast fillet, marinated in a blend of herbs.    We do not provide ingredient percentages as we consider that information to be proprietary