KFC Plans to Test Out Vegetarian Fried Chicken in the United Kingdom

KFC is experimenting with vegetarian fried chicken

"The 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", a spokesperson said. There's no word on when the faux fried chicken might cross the pond.

KFC announced its plans of offering vegetarian chicken recipe as a healthy alternative to its original chicken recipe.

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In 2006, in its American stores, KFC switched from using trans-fatty acids, which health experts say pose a high risk of heart disease, to lower fat soy bean oil. As far as its secret blend of herbs and spices, KFC says all 11 of those ingredients will be on the new vegetarian option, too.

The company's unit in the United Kingdom and Ireland unit last week announced that it plans to test the faux chicken with customers later this year.

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KFC itself has a seven-year initiative to achieve such a cut in the calorie count of its servings in Britain, and said its work on vegetarian "fried chicken" was part of that.

"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. because they have different convictions".

In April, White Castle introduced a plant-based equivalent of its Cheese Slider, made with Impossible Foods plant-based meat.

Orlando-based global restaurant consultant Aaron Allen predicts large restaurant companies increasingly unveil more vegetarian options, like KFC's.

US customers may have to wait a bit longer. Double and triple digits. As the Independent reported in May, the chain said it will begin offering healthier substitutes for fries as sides for free.