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The fast food chain’s fried chicken recipe has been a favorite among many over the years, and now vegetarians will be able to get in on the action!
The company announced this week that it was testing a chicken-like vegetarian option in the UK.
So far the chickenless chicken recipe is being kept under wraps, but you can be assured that even though the chicken is gone, KFC’s beloved signature blend of 11 different herbs and spices will still be included in the recipe!
A spokesperson for KFC told the New York Times QUOTE, “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”.
He went on to say, “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.”
The company said a vegetarian menu item could be officially launched as early as next year in the United Kingdom and Ireland. However, US customers may have to wait longer.
Of course people on twitter have some strong opinions about this faux fried chicken announcement.
@johnlegere on twitter simply wrote, “ABOMINATION”
While @ahmed tweeted, “KFC in early stages of developing vegetarian fried chicken recipe. Colonel Sanders is turning in his grave”.
But what do vegetarians think? Well don’t be alarmed but they have some pretty strong opinions too!
@jkayla618 tweeted, “don’t bother. no self-respecting vegetarian would eat at KFC.”
According to USAToday, The new menu item isn’t necessarily to appease animal-rights activists. Rather, the vegetarian option is part of a plan to reduce calories by 20% per serving by 2025.
Other statistics show that vegetarianism has increased by double and triple digits in the US alone, so it only makes sense for fast food chains to take note and switch up their menu offerings!
But now it’s time for us to turn it over to you guys. Would you be interested in trying KFC’s new vegetarian fried chicken? Let us know all your thoughts down in the comments below. When you’re done with that, click right over here to see check out Burger King’s new Crispy Pretzel chicken fries!
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KFC Testing Out Vegetarian Fried Chicken & MORE Menu Items