At Last, KFC Is Bringing Plant-Based Fried Chicken to Its Menus Nationwide

The chain’s Beyond Fried Chicken is coming January 10.

January 05, 2022

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It’s a new year, and many of us have started 2022 off with goals to become more health- and environmentally conscious. For some, that may mean a more flexitarian diet, as we try to eat less meat and embrace a more plant-based lifestyle.

Of course, even if we’re trying to eat more plant-based foods, we still want those foods to taste like the favorites we continue to crave. For those of us who really love our crispy fried chicken, KFC has finally brought their Beyond Fried Chicken nationwide. Beginning Monday, January 10, it will be available at participating KFC U.S. restaurants across the U.S. for a limited time, after a successful limited test run.

For those of us who are trying to stick to that aforementioned lifestyle, plant-based fried chicken feels like the perfect compromise. It is said to offer the taste and texture of chicken while not actually being chicken, which is a good way to appeal to both vegetarians and those who do eat meat but are trying to cut back.

“The mission from day one was simple – make the world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken from plants,” said Kevin Hochman, president, KFC U.S. in a press release. “And now over two years later we can say, ‘mission accomplished.’”

The Beyond Chicken will be available in either six- or 12-piece orders, either a la carte or as a combo, and will come with a dipping sauce, with prices starting at $6.99 depending on location.

The Beyond Fried Chicken was originally launched by KFC in August 2019 with a limited-run test in Atlanta, before being expanded to Nashville, Charlotte and Southern California. This is the first time this menu item has been expanded nationwide.

As Chipotle just launched their own plant-based chorizo, it’s becoming apparent it’s an ideal time to be a plant-based fast-food lover.

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