30 October 2009 ~ 20 Comments

Swiss Chalet’s Allergen Guide Wins Points with Me

Swiss Chalet is a restaurant staple

Swiss Chalet is a restaurant staple

Since being diagnosed with a gluten intollerance, Swiss Chalet has become my go-to restuarant. It’s familiar, it’s comfortable, and I know I can always get something to eat there. And who doesn’t love chicken?

(Also, the chalet sauce has super, magic healing abilities, but that’s another story.)

When ordering from their site tonight, I discovered a link at the bottom to an allergen guide. Really? They have one? Oh yes, AND it has wheat/gluten listed on it. Here’s a summary of what you can have:


Garden Salad, Greek Salad.

Personally, I still get the Caeser salad, and just pick out the croutons; I’m not sensitive enough to have to avoid having wheat touch stuff, I just can’t eat it in huge amounts.

Wraps, Sandwiches & Burgers

Nada. Not surprising.

Rotisserie Chicken

Quarter Chicken Breast (with or without skin), Quarter Chicken Leg (with or without skin), Half Chicken, Double Leg.

From the Grill

BBQ Ribs (Feature, Regular and Large Cuts), Grilled Chicken Breast (without rice or flatbread).

Side Servings

Fresh Cut Fries, Baked Potato, Mashed Potatoes, Side Garden Salad, Side Greek Salad, Traditional Coleslaw, Corn, Sautéed Mushrooms, Fresh Vegetables.

Note that Rice Pilaf is marked as having wheat or gluten. Also, they warn that anything fried (i.e. the fries) may come in contact with wheat, but don’t mark it as containing wheat/gluten.

Side Servings

Nada. Not even their corn chips.

Salad Dressings & Dips

Chalet Sauce, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Ranch, Chalet Dressing, Light Italian, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Light Mayonnaise, Blue Cheese Dip, Cajun Dip, Plum Sauce, Salsa.

Note that you cannot have Greek dressing on your Greek salad. Nor Caeser or Asian Sesame. The important thing is that you can have Chalet sauce.

Wholesome Choices

Garden Fresh Quarter Chicken Breast Dinner, Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Salad (without flatbread).

Kids Meals

Just the chicken thigh and drumstick. Sorry kids.


Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream, Cranberry Raspberry Frozen Yogurt, Butterscoth, Chocolate and Strawberry sauces.

The guide also includes columns for allergies to peanut and peanut products, tree nuts and derivatives, sesame, milk products, eggs and egg sources, fish, shellfish, soy, and sulphite. There is a notice that almonds are present on site, so if you have a tree-nut allergy you’ll have to be careful. Overall, it was pretty thorough, and I was impressed to find it. Way to go, Swiss Chalet 🙂

If you want to download the guide yourself, you can access it here: Download Allergen Guide.

And if you live in Ontario, check out Gluten-Free Ontario for a list of other restaurants that provide gluten-free foods.


UPDATE: Oct. 17, 2016

Wow, I can’t believe this post is 7 years old! Please, if you’re reading this, make sure you check Swiss Chalet’s website for updated allergen information.

20 Responses to “Swiss Chalet’s Allergen Guide Wins Points with Me”

  1. rolt 31 March 2010 at 8:11 pm Permalink

    im pretty sure the chalet sauce has gluten

    • Dawn Wentzell 31 March 2010 at 9:51 pm Permalink

      Have you had problems with it? That would be horribly sad if it did – what would we have to live for?? 😉

      • Noelle 10 March 2014 at 5:35 pm Permalink

        Never had any problem with the dipping sauce… TG. But I ordered the spinach dip with the corn tortillas. Should have done the homework, now finding out that my body is rejecting it… supposedly even the corn chips aren’t GF! Soooo much pain right now. Back to bed. 🙁

        • Noelle 14 March 2014 at 10:01 pm Permalink

          ughhh.. I think I know how you felt (feel). I ordered the spinach dip as well… 2 hours later, I started to feel really bad. I called them and it took them 3 min to finally confirm that it did have gluten! It has now been 4 days, and able to function now, but my stomach still hurts. Just hope I don’t get a rash break out. Ya, research on anything new is my plan. Back to bed (again) 🙁 btw… pain is a light way to put it… how about a truck running back and forth on your stomach, and head… sigh.

  2. Vee 29 June 2010 at 8:31 pm Permalink

    I have never had a problem with the chalet sauce. It would be tragic if it was not GF

  3. Julie 6 March 2012 at 11:02 pm Permalink

    Their sauce is gluten free, but their fries aren’t. They are cooked in the same oil as a bunch of other things.. with gluten!

    • Dawn Wentzell 7 March 2012 at 9:28 am Permalink

      For sure, cross contamination is always an issue for those who are sensitive to it. Although I find at bussier places, at least with fries, they often have a dedicated fryer, which helps reduce the chance of cross contamination.

  4. ajnemajrje 11 July 2013 at 10:02 am Permalink

    The grilled chicken is listed as gluten free and in brackets “without rice or flatbread”. I can understand there being wheat in their flatbread, that is a no-brainer but is there gluten in their rice? I am going there this Sunday and was planning on having the butter chicken rice bowl but if their rice is not gluten free I might have to choose something else. 🙁 Not *really* a fan of their regular chicken but if I have to order that I will.

    • Dawn Wentzell 11 July 2013 at 12:29 pm Permalink

      I think their regular rice side is a pilaf dish, so I’m not sure what’s in it.

      I have had the butter chicken though, and it is gluten-free and really tasty! But the roasted cauliflower that comes with it is not, so make sure to ask for no cauliflower or steamed.

  5. cool kid 12 August 2013 at 4:06 pm Permalink

    I was wondering what are the healing properties of the sauce

    • Dawn Wentzell 12 August 2013 at 5:16 pm Permalink

      Hahaha. I suspect it’s just a lot of garlic. I really have no idea, but it makes colds go away like magic!

  6. Celiac-o 6 February 2015 at 7:23 pm Permalink

    This website lost credibility in the first paragraph I read about picking the croutons out of the salad! Wtf!?!? Caesar dressing generally has gluten as well but with no mention of this it left me second guess the rest of the page. That being said I don’t think you know what it means to live wheat or gluten free.

    • Dawn Wentzell 27 April 2015 at 2:05 pm Permalink

      I’m sorry that you feel that way. Eating stictly gluten free is difficult, and I don’t think I have ever claimed to be perfect at it on this site. However, if the caesar dressing you’re buying has gluten in it, you might want to try to find a less processed product…

  7. Louise 2 February 2016 at 6:33 pm Permalink

    just had take out Swiss Chalet dipping sauce. Unfortunately now have very itchy arms after eating.

    • Norma 25 February 2016 at 2:05 pm Permalink

      That is funny, I had sauce and chicken, salad only last weekend and was itchy the rest of the night. allergic reaction.

      • Dawn Wentzell 25 February 2016 at 2:21 pm Permalink

        Oh no!

        I wonder if they have changed their recipe since I originally posted this. It wouldn’t be surprising, as that was 7 years ago!

  8. Diane 17 October 2016 at 11:39 am Permalink

    I had the beef dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy and got sick. Is there gluten in their potatoes and gravy?

  9. Valerie 12 November 2016 at 2:56 pm Permalink

    The Swiss Chalet Dipping Sauce has Worcestershire Sauce listed as an ingredient. If it is Lea & Perrins in Canada, then it has malt vinegar from barley in it. The Lea & Perrins in the U.S. does not have this ingredient.
    Strange, but true.

    • Dawn Wentzell 14 November 2016 at 10:31 am Permalink

      Weird to know about Lea & Perrins!

      Swiss Chalet’s allergen guide indicates the sauce does not contain gluten, though; they would have had to consider the ingredients in their ingredients to state that, I’m sure.

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