The meat-free creation would still use the same blend of 11 spices as its real chicken, but the company would not specify what else would go into it.
Vegetarians will soon get an option of their own at Kentucky fried chicken, but there's a catch.
Some 14% of US consumers, or 43 million people, regularly use plant-based alternatives to traditional foods, such as almond milk, tofu and veggie burgers, according to research firm NPD Group. That's because the fried chicken giant is reportedly testing out-dare I say tasting out-some vegetarian meat alternatives. In a statement to the website, KFC said: "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".
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KFC has pledged to try cut the calories of fried chicken meals guzzled by fast food fans by 20% by 2025. And it will introduce meals that are under 600 calories by 2020.
"We know people are more passionate than ever about eating well, and we face a big challenge in shifting their perceptions of what we offer", Victoria Robertson, KFC head of food innovation, said in May.
Restaurant consultant Aaron Allen told USA Today more restaurant companies would release vegetarian options.
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"This is about providing choice, and offering delicious, signature KFC taste that just happens to be lighter". Burger King also offers alternative options such as a Morningstar veggie burger, vegan apple pie, and vegan French toast sticks.
A KFC spokesman told Foodbeast: "We always look to respond to the latest changes in lifestyle and dining habits of our customers and a key part of that for our business in the United Kingdom is offering lighter options and more choice".
US customers may have to wait a bit longer. "Chains will take note of that and change their menu offerings".
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