Chick-fil-A is giving away free food. Here's how to get some.

  • Chick-fil-A is giving away free food on Tuesday, July 10, for Cow Appreciation Day 2018.
  • Customers who arrive at a Chick-fil-A wearing a cow costume or cow-related clothing from opening time to 7 p.m. can get a free entrée from the chicken chain. 
  • This is the 14th year that Chick-fil-A has celebrated Cow Appreciation Day, with 1.8 million people dressing as cows to get free food last year. 

Chick-fil-A is giving away free food this week.

On Tuesday, July 10, Chick-fil-A is giving away free chicken and more for Cow Appreciation Day 2018. Any customer who shows up to Chick-fil-A wearing a cow-costume — or at least something cow-related — can get a free entrée. 

Chick-fil-A secret menu items
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Chick-fil-A secret menu items

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

This is simply the Spicy Chicken Sandwich plus the signature Zesty Buffalo Sauce. You end up with a crispy buffalo chicken sandwich that’s loaded with dill pickles chips, and it’s delish!


Spicy Char

The Spicy Char, which is a grilled version of the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, is one of the most famous of Chick-fil-A’s secret menu items. In fact, this one is most likely available just by asking for it by its full name: the Spicy Char-Grilled Chicken Patty.


Fried Chicken Club

So the Spicy Char is the grilled version of a fried sandwich, and the Fried Chicken Club is the fried version of a grilled sandwich. It’s a tasty twist on the classic Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich. If it’s not available by name, ask for fried chicken instead of the grilled patty in your usual Club sandwich.


Chicken, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

The regular menu includes a Chicken, Egg & Cheese Bagel, but you can also ask for it on a biscuit to make a buttery Chicken, Egg & Cheese Biscuit.


Spicy Chicken, Egg & Cheese Bagel

If your local Chick-fil-A has Spicy Chicken during the breakfast shift, you’ll be in luck! This sandwich is well-known enough that you can ask for it by name.


Chicken on Anything at Breakfast

We’ve heard from Chick-fil-A employees and former employees that because chicken is on the chain’s breakfast menu, you can customize pretty much any breakfast sandwich by adding chicken. For any locations that (secretly) have Spicy Chicken during the breakfast shift, make that a Spicy Chicken plus the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit!


Bacon on Anything at Breakfast

You also can customize pretty much any Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwich by adding bacon. Hello, Hash Brown Scramble Burrito with Bacon!

Seeing a trend? You can pretty much ask for anything that’s on the menu to be added to anything else, and if it’s not too complicated, and your server’s not too busy, there’s a good chance you’ll get exactly what you want. Woo! 


Grilled Cheese

For a no-meat meal, the bun from any sandwich can be toasted with sliced cheese. Think you might want pickle chips, lettuce and tomato, too? Order a Chick-fil-A Deluxe, hold the chicken.



Cow Appreciation Day begins when restaurants open on Tuesday morning and continues until 7 p.m. Customers are only able to get free food when employees verify that they are, in fact, dressed in a cow-themed outfit, so orders need to be made in person — not via app. 

Customers can get free entreés from both the breakfast and lunch/dinner menu, including chicken biscuits, chicken sandwiches, and chicken nuggets. Salads are among the few entreés that are not available for free as part of the celebration.

Children dressed in cow apparel can receive a free kid's meal. 

Cow Appreciation Day is Chick-fil-A's biggest annual promotion. According to the company, 1.8 million people dressed up as cows in 2017 in order to get free food. 

This is the 14th year that Chick-fil-A has hosted Cow Appreciation Day. It previously was held on Fridays, but demand was so overwhelming that the company decided to move it to a less busy day, and it now holds the event annually on a Tuesday.

If you have any other questions about Cow Appreciation Day 2018 and the best way to get free food, check out Chick-fil-A's website on the celebration. 

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