Published: Tue, August 27, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

KFC offering first meatless fried 'chicken'

KFC offering first meatless fried 'chicken'

KFC is the first fast-food chain to sell Beyond Meat chicken. The chain has already been testing vegetarian fried "chicken" in the UK.

KFC's foray into plant-based meat follows Burger King's debut earlier this year of the Impossible Whopper, a meatless version of its signature beef hamburger developed with Impossible Foods.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is the latest fast-food giant to explore serving meatless meat, saying Monday that it will test Beyond Meat's chicken substitute this week in one of the chain's Atlanta restaurants. "Because, we're about fried chicken".

The products will be tested at a KFC location in Atlanta starting Tuesday.

According to a press release, Beyond Fried Chicken will be available in nuggets and boneless wings.

The news comes weeks after Subway revealed that it has teamed up with Beyond Meat as well, and is adding its own meatless option to the menu.

Although KFC said the Beyond Meat test will remain limited to one store for a short time, other restaurants that have tested plant-based meat alternative products have ultimately expanded their availability.

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

"It's confusing, but it's also delicious", KFC wrote.

"My only regret", he continued, "is not being able to see the legendary Colonel himself enjoy this important moment".

'With our new plant-based Beyond Meatball Marinara sub, we are giving them the best of both worlds'.

Del Taco and Qdoba offers tacos made with Beyond Meat; Blaze Pizza offers a vegan spicy chorizo as a topping; Dunkin' Donuts has the Beyond Breakfast Sandwich; and Little Caesars offers the Impossible Supreme Pizza.

Those who are outside of the Atlanta area with a hankering for KFC sans the actual chicken could eventually find the product for sale at their hometown location.

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