With White Castle introducing the Impossible Sliders and Bareburger rolling out its Beyond Meat burger, it’s no surprise that Kentucky Fried Chicken is joining the ranks of fast food chains adding a meatless option to their menu. The poultry joint is currently testing out a new vegetarian fried chicken made with the same 11 secret herbs and spices used in the original recipe.
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“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,” KFC told FoodBeast in a statement. “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.” While the test launch will take place in the UK, Americans are quite hopeful that, if successful, the plant-based option will make its debut in the states as well. However, the KFC USA team admitted to FoodBeast that there are “no plans related to the UK’s test at this time.” So, we’re still crossing our fingers.
Along with rolling out a healthier alternative to ground beef, KFC UK’s goal is to slash their menu items’ calories by 20 percent per serving size over the next seven years in addition to introducing several meals under 600 calories by 2020. The UK-based franchises’ goal is to offer “the great taste of KFC to new and existing customers who are changing their dining habits.” In fact, consumers are demanding vegetarian options now more than ever, with the meat-alternative market growing about 6 percent and vegan orders increasing by 19 percent in 2017. And with Colonel Sanders injecting his famous, secret spice blend into the new veggie offering, we’re sure meat lovers will rave for the meal, too.
We’re hoping that the US-based chicken chain takes a page out of UK’s book and strives to become one of the 20 Fast Food Chains That Will Make You Slim.