KFC's Vegan Fried Chicken Sold Out Just 5 Hours Into Its First Test Run
The fast-food chain teamed up with Beyond Meat to create "a true Kentucky Fried Miracle."
As more people transition from carnivorous to plant-based diets, meat substitutes are gradually making their way onto fast-food menus. The latest franchise to cater to plant-based customers? KFC. (Related: 10 Vegan Fast Food Menu Items from Your Favorite Chains)
On Tuesday, Beyond Meat tapped a KFC restaurant in Atlanta to test-run its plant-based fried chicken, according to Beyond Meat's official press release. Customers had the option of ordering nuggets or boneless wings made with Beyond Meat's chicken substitute (which contains soy protein, pea protein, rice flour, carrot fiber, yeast extract, vegetable oils, and seasoning like salt, onion powder, and garlic powder, according to TODAY), tossed in their choice of Nashville Hot, Buffalo, or Honey BBQ sauce.
KFC's Beyond Fried Chicken must be as finger-lickin' good as the fast-food giant promises, considering the restaurant's entire supply sold out within just five hours of launching the test run. (Related: My Search for the Best Veggie Burger and Meat Alternatives Money Can Buy)
Lots of people took to Twitter to rave about it, too:
"KFC Beyond Fried Chicken is so delicious, our customers will find it difficult to tell that it's plant-based," predicted Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer of KFC U.S., ahead of the test run.
Granted, it doesn't seem like anyone was fooled by the plant-based formula (unlike the customers involved in Burger King's April Fool's Day prank with the Impossible Whopper). But many people were impressed with the taste nonetheless.
The trial run seems like it was a huge success, but time will tell whether KFC will permanently add Beyond Fried Chicken to its menus nationwide. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a major fast-food chain embraced meat alternatives: In addition to Burger King's recent launch of the Impossible Whopper, White Castle introduced customers to the Impossible Slider in 2018. And just last month, Dunkin' announced it was teaming up with Beyond Meat to bring a Beyond Breakfast Sausage Sandwich to restaurants in Manhattan (with plans to expand in the future).
You'll just have to wait and see if KFC Beyond Fried Chicken officially becomes a thing, too. But at least there are plenty of meatless options to choose from in the meantime.