I tried KFC’s plant-based chicken and it doesn’t look like the real thing

KFC is the latest fast-food chain to try plant-based products – and I got the chance to try them.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) launched its plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken today, January 10, but for a limited time only.

KFC launches plant-based chicken but it's not a real vegetarian or vegan option


KFC launches plant-based chicken but it’s not a real vegetarian or vegan option
I tried KFC's new plant-based nuggets


I tried KFC’s new plant-based nuggetsCredit: Joy Dumandan – American Sun
I ordered Beyond Fried Chicken and it didn't look like KFC advertised


I ordered Beyond Fried Chicken and it didn’t look like KFC advertisedCredit: Joy Dumandan – American Sun

KFC has teamed up with Beyond Meat for what it describes as “… packed with the delicious flavor and juicy satisfaction you’d expect from KFC’s iconic fried chicken but in one Plant-based options are still good.”

However, this temporary option isn’t necessarily a win for some people looking for a vegan or vegetarian option.

That’s because the “chicken” is cooked in the communal fryers at the KFC kitchen.

KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken is now available at restaurants in the United States, but availability and participation may vary by location.

The chain said anyone concerned about cross-contamination of meat products will not be able to request that their order be cooked in a separate fryer at this time.

I had my share of the fast-food chicken nuggets, so I ventured out to discover for myself what this plant-based hype is all about and if it can translate to real chicken. or not.

What is besides fried chicken?

The president of KFC US said that the restaurant’s mission is to make the world famous chicken dish from plants.

“And now more than two years later, we can say, ‘mission accomplished’,” said Kevin Hochman, president of KFC US.

KFC is calling its plant-based food Beyond Fried Chicken, but that’s a bit deceiving because it comes in kernels.

The plant-based meal can be ordered in a 6-piece or 12-piece option, a la carte or paired with fries and a drink.

I ordered six pieces of Beyond Fried Chicken and had a choice of dipping sauce: Honey BBQ, Ranch, Honey Mustard or KFC Sauce.

The cost is $7.99, excluding taxes.

First, I was a bit disappointed to see that the nuggets had the exact same packaging as the original KFC fried chicken.

I asked the staff if they had green packaging to tell the difference between the two versions and they said they didn’t.

Now in terms of appearance, the nuggets have a crust on the outside that looks just like the traditional nuggets except there’s a different color that reflects the vegetable origin.

After you take a bite, the inside is darker in color, distinguishing it from any real or processed chicken dish.

In terms of taste, I chose to try it without any sauce so that I could get the real experience.

Allocation has certainly dominated this version of a dummy nugget.

I found the texture to be chewier and the aftertaste to have a veggie flavor.

Has KFC offered plant-based meals before?

KFC said it was the first national fast-food chain in the US to introduce plant-based chicken.

It tested its first plant-based option, Beyond Fried Chicken, in August 2019.

The offering was part of a limited test in Atlanta and sold out in less than five hours.

In 2020, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Beyond Meat expands the test to select restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

In the summer of 2020, KFC shared a sneak peek of Beyond Fried Chicken at select restaurants in Southern California, leading to a sell-out in just one week.

Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, also owns Taco Bell.

Last week, Taco Bell started selling chicken wings alongside tacos and burritos.

We tell you more about Taco Bell’s New Chicken Wings.

Also, when it comes to other reviews, we’ve tried several brands chicken nuggets supermarket.

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