KFC goes vegetarian with plans to test plant-based chicken

Andrew Cummings
June 10, 2018

The menu move comes as KFC's United Kingdom restaurants seek to adhere to new British government guidelines that advise overweight adults to eat just 400 calories at breakfast and then 600 more at lunch and again at dinner.

The chicken run coincides with other attempts to bring meatless items to fast-food menus.

Almost four decades after the death of the man who founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food chain, KFC is devising a fake meat version with the colonel's tightly held original recipe of 11 herbs and spices.

KFC cooked up this combination to satisfy the U.K.'s new health guidelines, which challenge fast food restaurants to cut calories by 20 percent.

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

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. In a statement to the website, KFC said: "once we've perfected the recipe we aim to test with customers this year, and if all goes well, we hope to launch a new vegetarian option in 2019".

KFC plans to sell a vegetarian equivalent of its famous chicken.

Is it still KFC without the chicken?

In April, White Castle added the option to switch for a vegan Impossible Burger on any of their sliders.

The fast food giant is hoping to roll out the veggie option later this year, with plans to make it a staple of the menu by 2019. "That's why we're looking into vegetarian options".

It suggested that food chains change the recipe of their products, reduce the portion size, and encourage their customers to opt for lower calorie products.

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