The fast food world is changing fast! There are plant-based options at fast food chains where people never expected to find meatless options. Burger King has a meatless whopper using the Impossible patty. Red Robin serves the Impossible burger at all locations. Carl’s Jr serves a Beyond Meat burger and Del Taco offers Beyond Meat vegan crumbles. Kentucky Fried Chicken announced about a year ago that they planned on offering vegan “chicken,” and now they’re following through!
Since KFC has the word “chicken” right in their very name, it may be surprising to some that they’ll be offering a meatless option. However, it actually makes perfect sense that they’d branch out and be the fast food chain to offer an interesting vegan take on “chicken.” They aren’t going to get too creative, they are just going to do a trial run of a meatless take on a classic. Many UK and Ireland KFC locations will be testing “The Imposter” burger which has a Quorn fillet (instead of a chicken fillet) coated in the Colonel’s Original Recipe herbs and spices.
In many of the places adding meatless options, substitutions have to be made for cheese and mayonnaise to make it vegan, but KFC is going all the way. It will be served with vegan mayo, fresh iceberg lettuce, and a soft-glazed bun.
KFC UK and Ireland’s Victoria Robertson called The Imposter: “a vegan burger that the Colonel would be proud of.” It’s always exciting to see popular restaurants and fast food chains acknowledge that people want less meat by offering vegan and plant-based options!
Make Your Own Plant-Based “Chicken” Burger
Excited about a new vegan option, but would still rather not go to KFC? Or maybe you aren’t even in the UK! Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these recipes from the Food Monster App!
1. 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.
2. Grilled Chicken of the Woods Sandwich
Chicken of the Woods is a mushroom also known by its fancy name, Laetiporus. It’s a bright orangey-yellow shelf mushroom with a texture similar to chicken and a soft, lemony scent. In this awesome Grilled Chicken of the Woods Sandwich by Wicked Healthy, these tasty mushrooms are cooked in a cast iron skillet with seasoning until golden and crispy before being baked in the oven. You can assemble the sandwich any way you like — with vegan cheese, onions, greens, etc… You’ll be amazed by just how chicken-like this sandwich tastes.
3. Crispy Sweet Potato Sandwiches
Source: Crispy Sweet Potato Sandwiches
World’s greatest sandwich isn’t a term anybody should throw around lightly and yet, here are these Crispy Sweet Potato Sandwiches by Melanie Sorrentino. They look like fast food patties on the outside, but on the inside, they’re soft and tender. Made from rice and sweet potato and coated in herbed breadcrumbs, then fried until crispy, they’ll satisfy all your crunchy sandwich cravings. Top with traditional fare like pickles, lettuce, and ketchup or get creative with your own toppings.
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