In August, KFC partnered with Beyond Meat to test plant-based chicken in Atlanta, Georgia. They were offering nuggets and wings. It was the first fast food chain to test plant-based chicken. The test did insanely well with the plant-based chicken selling out in just five hours. Now, KFC Canada is launching a similar test! The KFC in Mississauga, Ontario is testing out plant-based chicken today. The “chicken” was made in partnership with Lightlife. Together, they created a signature Plant-Based Fried Chicken Sandwich and Popcorn Chicken.
Chief Marketing Officer of KFC Canada, Sam Redman says: “We believe the Colonel’s famous finger lickin’ good taste should have no boundaries. So we’ve created several craveable plant-based options for Canadian’s looking for a meat-free meal.”
During this one-day test, the plant-based fried chicken sandwich is available in regular or spicy for $6.99 or in a meal for $8.99. The plant-based fried popcorn chicken bucket is available for $3.99. Customers can even try both by getting a meal that includes both for $10.99.
President and CEO of Greenleaf Foods, SPC, which owns Lightlife says: “With pioneering partners like KFC, we can make plant-based foods more broadly available to the growing number of consumers seeking the option on the go.” Fast food chains like KFC offering vegan alternatives certainly makes plant-based foods much more accessible. It’s also an affordable option that is beneficial for anyone wanting to incorporate more plant-based meals or eat less meat, not just vegans or vegetarians.
Make Your Own Plant-Based Chicken!
Try making your very own plant-based chicken right at home with these recipes from the Food Monster App.
1. Popcorn Tofu
Source: Popcorn Tofu
This Popcorn Tofu is a Laila Bowman veganized version of popcorn chicken is indistinguishable for “real” popcorn chicken and absolutely impossible to stop eating. The tofu and vital wheat gluten work well together in creating the perfect texture for the vegan chicken and then these nuggets are coated in the delicious breadcrumb mix and fried – it doesn’t get much better than this.
2. Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwich
Source: Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwich
Crispy, crunchy, spicy, and reminiscent of something you would order in a fast food joint. The patty in these Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwiches by Melanie Sorrentino is made from vital wheat gluten that has been cooked in vegan chicken broth, then dredged and fried in a spicy batter until crisp and golden. Serve this crispy patty with your favorite greens and a creamy sauce that’s addictively spicy.
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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