After years of development, KFC has finally launched its 'Beyond Fried Chicken' line of plant-based chicken, which will be available beginning Jan. 10 for a limited time at restaurants nationwide.
'Beyond Fried Chicken' chicken was developed by Beyond Meat and will be offered as a combo meal or a la carte in six- or 12-piece orders. The plant-based chicken "will be prepared vegan/vegetarian," according to the statement shared by the company.
KFC first tested Beyond Meat's imitation chicken nuggets at an Atlanta restaurant in 2019, and then expanded its test to include three other states last year.
"The mission from day one was simple: make world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken from plants," said Kevin Hochman, president of KFC USA. "And now, more than two years later, we can say, 'mission accomplished.'"
Due to the growing concern for animal care and the environment, several fast food restaurants have included dishes with plant-based foods on their menus. Examples of large chains include McDonald's and Starbucks, which have partnered with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods to offer such alternatives.
An option not suitable for vegetarians or vegans?
According to information provided by the company, the new chicken will be made with plant-based ingredients, but will not be "prepared in a vegan/vegetarian manner."
The 'Beyond Fried Chicken' will be cooked in shared fryers in restaurant kitchens, a representative of the chain confirmed to Nexstar.
This new news could be an issue for KFC's new menu additions, as happened with Burger King, and a customer could sue for "deceptive practices" by cooking veggie burgers on the same grills used to prepare beef.