How Many Calories Are in Domino’s New Speciality Chicken Fried Chicken Pizzas?

Photo via Domino's/Facebook

Photo via Domino’s/Facebook

I’m having a hard time coming up with words to describe the new Specialty Chicken dishes that just made their debut on Domino’s menus nationwide. They’re, like, long, skinny logs of fried chicken pieces covered in sauce, cheese, veggies and meat. My instinct is to call them smothered fried chicken piles (Can you see why I’m not a product marketer? Gross.), but other people are referring to them as “pizza with a breaded chicken crust”—basically, all the makings of a pizza, except, instead of a traditional crust, the base for these dishes are pieces of fried chicken. In other words, they are smothered fried chicken piles. See?

Whatever you choose to call them, I thought it only fair, in the spirit of our many “How Many Calories Are In…” posts (for your reading pleasure: here, here, here and here) to check out the nutrition facts for the pizza-like Specialty Chicken dishes everybody’s buzzing about. They come in four flavors: Classic Hot Buffalo, Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Spicy Jalapeño-Pineapple and Sweet BBQ Bacon.




Here's the nutritional breakdown, as well as ingredient lists:

(Note before proceeding: The nutrition facts for each concoction denote that they've been calculated on the basis that one dish contains three servings, with a serving size being four chicken pieces. I've noted that below, along with the total fat, calorie and sodium counts for the entire pie—i.e. if you were to devour the entire thing yourself—just for perspective.)

Classic Hot Buffalo

Ingredients: Fried boneless chicken, hot wing sauce, ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, feta cheese.

Serving size: Four chicken pieces.

Servings per container: Three.

Nutrition facts per serving: 170 calories, 10 fat grams (including three grams saturated fat), 30 milligrams cholesterol, 1,070 milligrams sodium, 9 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram dietary fiber, 1 gram sugar, 11 grams protein.

Nutrition facts for entire pie: 510 calories, 30 fat grams, 3,210 milligrams sodium.

Crispy Bacon & Tomato

Ingredients: Fried boneless chicken, garlic parmesan sauce, mozzarella cheese (it's called "pizza cheese" on the official ingredient list), bacon, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese.

Serving size: Four chicken pieces.

Servings per container: Three.

Nutrition facts per serving: 230 calories, 16 fat grams (including 4.5 grams saturated fat), 40 milligrams cholesterol, 750 milligrams sodium, 9 grams carbs, 1 gram dietary fiber, 1 gram sugar, 13 grams protein.

Nutrition facts for entire pie: 690 calories, 48 fat grams, 2,250 milligrams sodium.

Spicy Jalapeño-Pineapple 

Ingredients: Fried boneless chicken, sweet mango habanero sauce, mozzarella cheese (again, "pizza cheese"), pineapple, jalapeño peppers, cheddar cheese.

Serving size: Four chicken pieces.

Servings per container: Three.

Nutrition facts per serving: 170 calories, 7 fat grams (including 2.5 grams saturated fat), 30 milligrams cholesterol, 610 milligrams sodium, 15 grams carbs, 1 gram dietary fiber, 7 grams sugar, 11 grams protein.

Nutrition facts for entire pie: 510 calories, 21 fat grams, 1,830 milligrams sodium.

Sweet BBQ Bacon 

Ingredients: Fried boneless chicken, classic brown BBQ sauce, mozzarella cheese (i.e. "pizza cheese"), bacon, cheddar cheese.

Serving size: Four chicken pieces.

Servings per container: Three.

Nutrition facts per serving: 190 calories, 9 fat grams (including 3.5 grams saturated fat), 35 milligrams cholesterol, 710 milligrams sodium, 14 grams carbs, 1 gram dietary fiber, 6 grams sugar, 13 grams protein.

Nutrition facts for entire pie: 570 calories, 27 fat grams, 2,130 milligrams sodium.

Conclusion

Calorie- and fat-wise, Domino's Specialty Chicken aren't nearly as bad as I thought—especially if you go the sharing route. However, sodium is right on par with what I assumed: As I'm sure you know, most fast food meals are sodium bombs, and Specialty Chicken is no exception.

The problem with sodium is that too much of it increases blood pressure, which can have all kinds of ill effects for your heart over time, including upping your risk for heart attack and stroke. That's why the government recommends that, in general, adults shouldn't consume more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium in a day. And as we learned yesterday, low-sodium diets have big payoffs when it comes to heart health, so it's in your interest to be conscious of your salt intake.

The lesson here? As with all things, moderation is key. If you're inclined to try one of Domino's Specialty Chicken dishes, just be smart about it: Order it as an appetizer to share with a few friends, or eat it in portions over the course of a few days. And please, if you do try it, tell me what you think: smothered chicken pile or fried chicken pizza? You know where I stand.

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  • http://www.eatliveblog.com Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}

    Thanks for this! I just reviewed the Specialty Chicken on my blog, and mentioned that they didn’t taste that greasy or fattening, goes I wasn’t too far off!

  • April

    THis is a great idea I just ordered the buffalo chicken and it was perfect and I am watching my calories! thank you Dominos!

  • sara

    I just had them – they are divine!! I got two different ones to give them a try – the sweet BBQ bacon and the Tomato and Bacon – they are to die for!!! we also had a thin crust ham and pineapple pizza so by restricting myself to a portion of pizza and a portion of each of the chicken – i’m still relatively safe in terms of calories – i just wish the sodium levels were a lot lower as thats harder to avoid so it is a case of order them but have a salad as well so you can control your sodium intake and yet get the best of both worlds and not feel like the left foot on fast food eating with friends!!! I really did love these chicken dishes – they’re not greasy, they’re not over loaded with things and the right amount of flavor comes from the cheese, bacon, etc. Well worth trying for those who worry about the pizza being too fattening!!