It will still, of course, use the Colonel’s spice blend
The fast food world isn’t particularly friendly to non-carnivores. When Arby’s latest debut is the Bourbon BBQ Triple Stack sandwich, which includes not one but three meats—buttermilk fried chicken, Angus beef, and smoked brisket—and may in fact be bigger than your face, you better believe that vegans aren’t lining up at the door.
KFC, however, is hoping to change that. Foodbeast reports that the Colonel is planning to introduce a vegetarian fried chicken sandwich. If you're thinking that sounds very off brand, rest assured that it will still use the chain's signature 11-spice blend. It will be the first fried faux meat sandwich to ever appear on a major fast food chain’s menu. Initially, they’ll test the sandwich in the UK this year, with plans to launch it more widely in 2019. KFC told Foodbeast that “Development of the recipe is still in its very early stages, and so the options we’re exploring in our kitchen are still top secret.”
This is part of KFC’s long-term effort to make their offerings healthier. By 2020, KFC UK hopes to introduce meals under 600 calories, and by 2025, they want to cut their calories per serving by 20%. By introducing this meatless sandwich, they’re following in the footsteps of White Castle’s “Impossible Slider” and McDonald’s “McVegan.”
Hopefully KFC’s meatless fried chicken will be as finger-lickin’-good as the real deal.