KFC Is Testing A Vegetarian ‘Fried Chicken’ Recipe

When I became a vegetarian 10 or so years ago, the hardest part was finding things to eat quickly when I was busy. And as a college student with two jobs, that was pretty much all the time.

Everyone else would swing through a drive-thru on their way to class, but it’s simply not as easy for someone who doesn’t eat meat. While I have since gotten better at being prepared when I know I won’t have time for a quality meal, I have to admit, sometimes a girl just wants some greasy fast food.

While Burger King does offer a veggie burger, a vegetarian substitute for chicken has been missing from the drive-thru lineup. Now, KFC is is looking to change that by testing a vegetarian version of the most famous item on their menu — fried chicken.


While KFC isn’t giving up many details about just what the “chicken” will be made of, Foodbeast says it will include their secret blend of 11 spices.

“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 said in a statement to Foodbeast. “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.”

Sadly for all of us American vegetarians, for now, the faux meat will only be available in the United Kingdom. But if it does well there, we can always hope it will make its way across the pond.

Even if the faux fried chicken doesn’t end up in America, it stills seems to be a step in the right direction for anyone craving meatless fast food. And it is possible to make your own version of fried “chicken” by using vegan chicken you can buy at your local store, or even cauliflower.


Would you be willing to try a vegetarian version of KFC’s famous friend chicken?