Last week, the new Popeyes chicken sandwich was all the rage. This week, vegan fried chicken won the food space *three cheers for all my plant-based eaters out there and then louder for all the people in the back!*
If you've been following along, Popeyes was all over news outlets, social media, and everyone's conversations because of their new menu item: the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. This got Chick-Fil-A all up in a frenzy and thus, started a debate (even a Twitter debate... lulz) over who had the better chicken sandwich. One thing we learned from this? People take their fried chicken seriously.
You know who else takes their fried chicken seriously? KFC. And guess what? They dropped a major game-changer. KFC teamed up with Beyond Meat to roll out with a plant-based chicken, the Beyond Fried Chicken, that proved to be popular amongst vegans and non-vegans alike. I mean, it was so popular that in about five hours, the Beyond Fried Chicken was sold out completely. A KFC representative said that the restaurant sold as many plant-based boneless wings and nuggets as it would sell off its popular popcorn chicken in an entire week (wow!). Everyone is calling this a "Kentucky Fried Miracle."
This news even got to Snoop Dogg, who raved about the plant-based chicken and called it, Finger Lickin' Good!
Plant-based fried chicken: Confusing? Maybe. Delicious? Yes. A win for the plant-based space? ABSOLUTELY.
With their first test roll-out in partnership with Beyond Meat, KFC joined other major fast-food restaurants making their way into the plant-based space and meeting the demand of those who want meat alternatives. We've seen Beyond Meat at Del Taco, Carl's Jr., Subway, and Dunkin' Donuts. Hopefully one day soon, we'll see a national rollout... and then a global one? We're so ready for this to happen! 🙌 Making plant-based meat more affordable and accessible is a big deal! When more people choose to eat less meat, it's not only a win for your health and for vegans - it's also a win for the plant, animals, and people. This is a win for everyone! 🌎
If you can't wait for KFC's Beyond Fried Chicken to rollout in your city, here are 6 plant-based nuggets and boneless wings that are just as crispy and delicious. Try nuggets from Alpha Foods, Fry's, and Hodo. Prefer wings? We've gotchu, too. Check out Gardein, Clean South, and Field Roast! (P.S. word around the block is, the Beyond Fried Chicken tastes just like Gardein's Chick n' Wings. But don't take our word for it! Try it for yourself, here). 😉
*Cover photo credit: VegNews