The vegetarian option is believed to be the first time a major fast-food chain is putting fake chicken on the menu.
KFC has also promised to use the same 11 herbs and spice mix in the new item that is used in its regular fried chicken variety.
That said, KFC's vegetarian offering is unlikely to come to the United States anytime soon, with KFC's US team telling Foodbeast there are "no plans related to the U.K.'s test at this time". KFC says it will begin testing a vegetarian alternative to chicken later this year in the U.K. That alternative remains a mystery as the chain is saying the recipe is in its "very early stages". "That's why we're looking into vegetarian options that would offer the great taste of KFC to new and existing customers who are changing their dining habits".
KFC has pledged to try cut the calories of fried chicken meals guzzled by fast food fans by 20% by 2025.
The company turned to its head of food innovation, nutritionist Victoria Robertson, to explain the company's plan for its creation.More news: Canadian GP: Verstappen does talking on track, tops opening practice
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KFC plans to introduce a faux meat alternative to its original chicken recipe in its aim to provide options to people with changing dining habits.
Restaurant consultant Aaron Allen told USA Today more restaurant companies would release vegetarian options. The strategy is in response to new British government guidelines urging adults to adhere to 400 calories at breakfast and 600 calories for lunch and dinner.
"How sharply has vegetarianism increased in the U.S.?"
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. "Chains will take note of that and change their menu offerings".