Kentucky Faux Chicken? KFC is going vegetarian with plant-based fried 'chicken'

In deciding to experiment with a vegetarian chicken substitute, KFC also seems to be responding to a growing demand for meat-replacement products such as tofu and soy-based burgers and sausages. The chicken chain also plans to introduce a variety of meals under 600 calories by 2020.

According to CNN, the chain restaurant KFC says it will begin testing a vegetarian alternative to chicken later this year in the UK.

The vegetarian option is believed to be the first time a major fast-food chain is putting fake chicken on the menu.

KFC is reportedly working on vegetarian options to add to its menu offering customers healthier alternatives to fried chicken.

KFC hopes that their meat-free creation "offers the great taste of KFC to new and existing customers who are changing their dining habits".

That said, KFC's vegetarian offering is unlikely to come to the United States anytime soon, with KFC's US team telling Foodbeast there are "no plans related to the U.K.'s test at this time".

Over the next seven years, the company, famous for its "finger lickin'" southern fried chicken, hopes to cut their calories per serving by 20%.

"Development of the recipe is still in its very early stages, and so the options we're exploring in our kitchen are still top secret", a spokesperson for KFC said in a statement. As far as its secret blend of herbs and spices, KFC says all 11 of those ingredients will be on the new vegetarian option, too. In April, White Castle introduced a plant-based version of its cheese slider in its stores in New York, New Jersey and Chicago.

"How sharply has vegetarianism increased in the U.S.?"

"We know any new menu and recipe changes will have to be just as tasty as today", Robertson told the Mirror.

Late past year, Mickey D's introduced the soybean-based McVegan burger to restaurants in Sweden and Finland, and in April, the White Castle chain rolled out a surprisingly meaty slider featuring a plant-based patty from Impossible Foods.

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