The 15 Most Popular Zaxby’s Items to Try

Try the best of Zaxby’s menu, from fried favorites to sandwiches and more

Headquartered in Athens, GA, Zaxby’s has mastered everything chicken with an extensive menu of delicious chicken options.

Zaxby's Casual Fast Food Restaurant

Established in 1990, Zaxby’s has humble origins as childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley opened the first franchise in Statesboro, GA.

The restaurant’s fame grew and the first out-of-state Zaxby’s opened in Bowling Green, KY, in 1994. The chicken joint continues to grow as they report locations in 17 states by 2019.

Zaxby’s is a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is known to sponsor college football and basketball teams. 

Best Zaxby’s Food

From sandwich meals to family dinners, Zaxby’s gives customers the chicken they deserve for a price they can afford. Check out my list of the 15 most popular Zaxby’s items to try below!

Chicken Fingerz

It’s hard to go wrong with chicken fingers and Zaxby’s ensures you can’t go wrong with their rendition.

Zaxby’s Chicken Fingerz is carefully hand-breaded to capture the natural juices so as not to compromise the chicken’s integrity.

The crispy breading mixed with the tender chicken creates the ultimate chicken finger

These chicken fingers are served with the famous Zax Sauce, but If Zax Sauce isn’t your preferred dipping sauce, go with a different sauce offering like the honey mustard or buffalo garlic blaze.

Need more sauce? Add additional sauces to your order for only a slight up-charge.

Dive into chicken fingers like you’ve never had them before when you order Zaxby’s Chicken Fingerz! 

Fried Pickles

Did someone say Fried Pickles?

Whether you’re a fried pickle fanatic or the crispy treat makes you want to run in the other direction, there is no denying that Zaxby’s has fried pickles down to a science. 

A fan favorite among guests, Zaxby’s Fried Pickles are the shareable item on the menu that nobody wants to share.

The crispy breading that coats the crinkle-cut pickle slice mixes the undeniable dill flavor with southern cornmeal roots for a taste right out of the south. An order of these famous Fried Pickles is served with Zaxby’s homemade ranch sauce. 

Take your Zaxby’s Fried Pickles to the next level and dip them in spicy Zax sauce or hot honey mustard for a kick. 

Boneless Wings

Available in increments of five, ten, and twenty, the Boneless Wings Zaxby’s offers are unmatched.

The tender chicken bites in the soft yet secure outer layer take you on a trip to the south with every bite. Don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself!

With so many sauces to choose from, you can have a different experience every time you dig into an order of Zaxby’s Boneless Wings.

Tossing sauces come in varying spiciness with everything from wimpy and barbeque to tongue torch and insane. Pair the tossing sauce with a dipping sauce like ranch or marinara. 

Kicken Chicken Sandwich

Try some of the famous Zaxby’s chicken in a not-so-traditional setting with the Kicken Chicken Sandwich.

Have you ever considered turning Zaxby’s decadent Chicken Fingerz into a sandwich? If so, this is the menu offering for you.

Chicken Fingerz piled onto perfectly golden Texas toast and drizzled with ranch sauce and tongue torch make up the out-of-this-world chicken sandwich.

If you’re not feeling like having a spice party in your mouth, try substituting the tongue torch with a more mild sauce option.

Pair the Kicken Chicken Sandwich with the golden crinkle fries to complete your meal.

The Blue Zalad

A lighter menu option is the Blue Zalad.

When I say lighter, I don’t mean you’re getting less because this salad has enough toppings to keep you satisfied until dinner.

The base of mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, and Roma tomatoes delicately holds the blue cheese crumbles, fried onions, and chicken.

Choose between buffaloed or blackened chicken or no chicken to customize your salad to your liking. Complete your salad with your choice of two dressings such as Mediterranean, ranch, honey mustard, caesar, blue cheese, thousand island, and more.

While the Blue Zalad is paired with a slice of Texas toast, I like to pair my salad with a guilty pleasure order of Zaxby’s Fried White Cheddar Bites. 

Want to take your Zalad to the next level? Consider adding a spicy sauce like buffalo garlic blaze or sweet & spicy for a salad you can’t get anywhere else!

Fried White Cheddar Bites

Speaking of Zaxby’s Fried White Cheddar Bites, have you ever experienced the magic of a piece of deep-fried cheese?

If not, you’re missing out! These cheddar bites are one-of-a-kind as the sharp white cheddar compliments the batter as the deep frier melts the two ingredients into golden perfection.

Zaxby’s Fried White Cheddar Bites traditionally come with a side of perfectly blended marinara sauce. I like to spice up my cheddar bites by ordering the spicy Zax sauce as an additional dipping agent.

Pair your Fried White Cheddar Bites with the signature Zaxby’s chicken sandwich for a complete meal of cheesy and chicken goodness.

Calories don’t count when you’re eating Fried White Cheddar Bites, right?

The Nibbler

If you’re in the mood for chicken but don’t have the desire to take on a classic Zaxby’s chicken sandwich, try the Nibbler.

This cleverly constructed chicken snack is the perfect size to stop the snack craving and still enjoy some good southern cooking. 

The Nibbler is composed of a beloved Zaxby’s chicken finger on a toasted bun and topped with the famous Zax sauce.

As with any Zaxby’s menu items, you can customize the Nibbler to your liking by substituting the Zax sauce for a sauce more to your liking or adding additional sauce options. 

Spicy Fried Mushrooms

Do you like mushrooms? What about spicy food?

If you said yes to both of these questions, you’re going to love Zaxby’s Spicy Fried Mushrooms. The mushrooms have the perfect amount of “mush” and are encompassed in a perfectly fried batter. 

Take your Spicy Fried Mushrooms to the next level by pairing them with one of the many available sauces. Zaxby’s Spicy Fried Mushrooms are a menu delicacy you don’t want to pass up!

While you’re friends may judge you for enjoying a deep-fried fungus, you know they are missing out on a delicacy you can’t find anywhere else. 

Buffalo Chicken Fingerz

As if the regular Chicken Fingerz weren’t enough, Zaxby’s has given us another way to get our hands saucy.

The Buffalo Chicken Fingerz takes the classic menu item to the next level by generously dowsing the perfectly fried Chicken Fingerz in their signature buffalo sauce. 

If Zaxby’s buffalo sauce isn’t your forte, request a sauce more fitted to your taste buds. My favorite way to enjoy the Buffalo Chicken Fingerz at Zaxby’s is ordering with the traditional buffalo garlic blaze sauce then dipping it into the ranch sauce.

The mixture of the buffalo and ranch gives you a traditional wing vibe but larger chunks of chicken are the perfect combination.

Don’t just take my word for it, try the Buffalo Chicken Fingerz at Zaxby’s today!

The House Zalad

The traditional nature of The House Zalad mixed with the exceptional Zaxby flavors takes a typically boring salad to the next level.

The plate of mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, customers, Roma tomatoes, fried onions, with cheddar and jack cheese creates a party in your mouth you may not have been expecting.

Top your salad with grilled or fried chicken, or remove the chicken altogether to decrease calorie intake. The House Zalad is served with a side of Texas toast and your choice of two dressings. If going lite, try the lite ranch or lite vinaigrette dressing.

If you’re not too concerned about calories and want the perfect dressing to complete your dish, try the house-made ranch or blue cheese. 

Traditional Wings

Get back to how wings were intended to be consumed by placing an order of Traditional Wings.

Zaxby’s Traditional Wings are everything you would expect from a chicken place serving chicken wings. 

Every order of Zaxby’s Traditional Wings is tossed in your sauce of choice and served alongside the ranch dipping sauce.

Add an order of crispy Crinkle Fries or Fried White Cheddar Bites to add another dimension to your plate. Place an order for yourself, or an order to share, however you wing, winging is a treat at Zaxby’s!

Crinkle Fries

You can’t complete your Zaxby’s meal without a side of the Crinkle Fries.

The hot and crispy fries are seasoned to perfection as their golden color emits sunshine and warms your insides as you immediately fall in love.

The signature seasoning salt that coats the fries takes you to a new dimension.

Dip your Zaxby’s Crinkle Fries in a traditional sauce like ketchup or ranch, or take them to new heights by dipping them in one of the signature sauces that put Zaxby’s on the map.   

Sweet Tea

Any southern chicken dish isn’t complete without a tall glass of southern-style Sweet Tea.

The Sweet Tea at Zaxby’s transforms any dish into a southern classic as the perfectly balanced beverage pairs with any menu item.

The perfect amount of sugar balances the bitterness of the tea to make it any southerners sweet tea of choice. Mix the balanced concoction with the exact number of ice cubes needed to bring a chilled flavor without watering down the beverage.

Don’t just take my word for it though; try a Zaxby’s Sweet Tea and taste the difference!

Cajun Club Sandwich

No matter where you are in the states, Zaxby’s is here to transport your taste buds to the south.

The chicken chain does just that with the Cajun Club Sandwich. The blackened chicken paired with bacon, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, ranch sauce, and American cheese is a flavor combination that will keep you coming back for more.

All the flavor is held between a toasted potato bun and served alongside the crispy Crinkle Fries. This sandwich combines classic southern cajun flavors with crisp and fresh vegetables for a well-balanced meal.

You won’t feel guilty eating this Zaxby’s favorite!

Zaxby’s Club

We find ourselves again at the mercy of the perfectly cooked Chicken Fingerz and golden Texas toast with a Zaxby’s favorite.

The Zaxby’s Club is everything you would expect when offering a menu favorite with a traditional chicken sandwich form. 

Zaxby’s Club sandwich has your club sandwich favorites with Chicken Fingerz, bacon, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, and American cheese.

These ingredients are stuffed between two pieces of Texas toast and are complemented with a side of Crinkle Fries. 

Best Zaxby’s Food

  1. Chicken Fingerz
  2. Fried Pickles
  3. Boneless Wings
  4. Kicken Chicken Sandwich
  5. The Blue Zalad
  6. Fried White Cheddar Bites
  7. The Nibbler
  8. Spicy Fried Mushrooms
  9. Buffalo Chicken Fingerz
  10. The House Zalad
  11. Traditional Wings
  12. Crinkle Fries
  13. Sweet Tea
  14. Cajun Club Sandwich
  15. Zaxby’s Club

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re looking for some downright delicious chicken meals or you just want to find a decent place to eat, Zaxby’s will not disappoint!

From the juicy and tender Chicken Fingerz to the authentic Cajun Club Sandwich, Zaxby’s has everything you need for a satisfying and fast dinner.

If you’re still on the fence about dining somewhere that only offers chicken dishes, consider the melt-in-your-mouth extras like Fried Pickles, Spicy Fried Mushrooms, and Fried White Cheddar Bites. Did we mention Zaxby’s extras are fried?

Check out other popular Southern chains for your next visit down south.

Did we miss any must-try meals on Zaxby’s menu? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. The Zensation zalad….needs to be a full time option. When will it come back….even if only for a little while?

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.