So you’re on a low-carb diet but social obligation forces you to order from the Domino’s menu. You don’t need to unnecessarily move your cheat day. Here’s how you can order low-carb from Domino’s.
The choices listed in this review are based on low-carb entrees with less than 20 net carbs; adequate satiety levels; palatability; good value for money; and overall customer experience.
Domino’s pizzas are seemingly addictive, which strongly implies that their menu consists mostly of unhealthy options. Let’s take a look at how difficult or easy it might be for those of us on a low-carb diet to modify some of Domino’s offerings to suit our macro needs.
Domino’s menu offers very limited low-carb choices, and it will often be a frustrating experience trying to modify their food selections to make them low carb. It can also get expensive.
- Low-carb diet friendly? No.
- Low-carb entrees available on the menu? Yes, but the choices are mostly limited to their baked chicken wings section.
- Satiety level of low-carb entrees? Average, and it depends on the number of chicken wings you order or how many kinds of toppings you get on your pizza.
- Palatability of low-carb entrees? Above average. The low-carb wings are tasty enough, better than the wings you can get from other pizza joints, but not better or as good as wings from a chicken wing joint; the pizza toppings are delicious.
- Quality and price value? Below average.
- 8-piece chicken wings – $6.99, but the wings are not big enough to be filling.
- 14-piece chicken wings – $11.99, just the right serving size for a full meal for an adult.
- Large pizza – $9.24, with an online coupon; but you will only eat the toppings, of course.
- Overall customer experience? Average. Their online ordering system is straightforward enough; however, the nutrition information is not informative enough and the overall website design is not worthy of a $6B company.
Pizza restaurants that offer genuinely satisfying low-carb options, such as pizzas with cauliflower crusts, are still hard to find. But among the pizza chains out there, Domino’s has better tasting wings and more affordable pizzas.
Low-Carb Entree Test
8-count Baked Plain Wings with a side of Kicker Hot Sauce
On their own, the Baked Plain Wings are already delicious. The Kicker Hot Sauce does exactly what it says – adds a bit more kick in terms of spiciness and flavor. Texture-wise, the wings are only lightly breaded and then baked. They’re still hot and crispy when they were delivered – packed in foil and cardboard. In terms of taste and smell, Domino’s wings beat Pizza Hut’s similar low-carb offering.
The 8-count wings, however, are already about 400 calories with 14 net carbs. So you will definitely have to keep a closer eye on your total calorie intake for that day if you’ll be getting the wings.
Large Brooklyn Crust Pizza
It seems that a crustless pizza is not an option at Domino’s, although this might not be the case at other branches. But if it is the same for all Domino’s branches, the best low-carb option they can offer are their thin-crust pizzas.
If you can also find a coupon online, you can get the Large Brooklyn Crust Pizza at only $9.24. The toppings were really good, but the satiety mostly came from the generous amounts of cheese that Domino’s typically puts on all their pizzas. You have to be prepared to resist the temptation of eating the crust and let it go to waste.
Half the toppings of the Large Brooklyn Crust Pizza roughly amounts to 800 calories and 10-12 net carbs.
Your best low-carb choice is the Large Hand-Tossed Pizza with Garlic Parm White Sauce, Sausage, Pepperoni, & Olives. Among all the pizza sauces Domino’s offers, the white sauce has the fewest carbs and the highest calories; the same goes for the toppings. All in all, you’ll get about 2,000 calories and 20 net carbs from the toppings.
If you have plenty of carbs left to ration on a particular day, you can opt for the Plain Chicken Wings; every 4 wings will give you 7 net carbs.
As long as you stick to the white sauce, all the other pizza toppings are good low-carb options; except for the pineapple. High-calorie meats such as bacon, pepperoni, and sausage are the best choices as they are the most filling and will give you the best value for your money.
There are salads, of course. The Garden Salad and Chicken Caesar each has 120 calories and 2 net carbs, but costs $6.49.
If you’ll be ordering via phone, you should already know what low-carb foods you’ll get and stick to your list! You have to be prepared to decline their special offers.
What You Should Not Order
Anybody on a strict low-carb diet knows that these are absolute no-nos: pizza crust, breadsticks, cheesy breads, sandwiches, pastas, or any type of breaded and deep-fried chicken bites. Avoid the following items on the Domino’s menu:
- Chicken Apple Pecan Salad – 8 net carbs for 100 Calories
- Ken’s Lite Balsamic with Olive Oil Vinaigrette – 5g net carbs for 90 calories
- Classic Hot Buffalo Specialty Chicken – 13 net carbs for 180 calories
- Crispy Bacon & Tomato Specialty Chicken – 15 net carbs for 250 calories
- Spicy Jalapeno & Pineapple Specialty Chicken – 21 net carbs for 180 calories
- Sweet BBQ Bacon Specialty Chicken – 20 net carbs for 210 calories
- Boneless Chicken – 18 net carbs for 170 calories
- BBQ Wings – 18 net carbs for 240 calories
- Sweet Mango Habanero Wings – 20 net carbs for 240 calories
- Red BBQ Wings – 15 net carbs for 230 calories
- Traditional Pizza Sauce – 2 net carbs and 10 calories per slice
- Hearty Marinara Sauce – 2 net carbs and 15 calories per slice
- Pineapple toppings – 5 net carbs per slice for 20 calories
- Onion toppings – 2 net carbs per slice for 10 calories
- Memphis BBQ Chicken pizza – 10 net carbs for 210 calories
- Honolulu Hawaiian pizza – 10 net carbs for 200 calories
- BBQ dipping sauce – 14g net carbs
- Sweet Mango Habanero dipping sauce – 17g net carbs
- Marinara dipping sauce – 5g net carbs
Domino’s offers extremely limited low-carb choices, but if you really have to choose from their menu, just make sure you watch your calorie intake for the rest of the day or you might have to burn off some extra calories after.