Guide To Vegan KFC For Fried Chicken Fans

Vegan KFC? No, we’re not joking. 

In fact, fast food is going vegan as millions of people around the world go vegan and one of the front runners of vegan fast food? Yes, KFC.

KFC is the second largest restaurant chain in the world and that means that when they take vegan options seriously, the rest of the industry is likely to follow. 


What Is KFC Doing For Vegans?

KFC’s plant-based diet efforts have begun with an American partnership with Beyond Meat, the plant-based meat producer.

In the UK, they’re working with Quorn, the popular well-established meal alternative supplier and in Canada, they’ve opted to go with Lightlife.

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Looking a little further ahead, they’re in the research business in Russia with the intention to grow nuggets in the lab. 

These won’t be, strictly speaking, vegan but they will be 100% cruelty-free. 

They’ve also launched and been selling a vegan fried chicken burger for a while now, which has proven popular and demonstrated that KFC’s pro-vegan efforts are likely to bring big rewards in the future. 


How Popular Was That Vegan KFC Chicken?

KFC’s vegan chicken was produced by Beyond Meats and it flew off the shelves, though thankfully, not quite literally. 

The plant-based alternative sold out in all locations in just 5 hours and the queues for the product stretched down the street from each store!


One Thing To Be Aware Of About Vegan KFC Products

KFC notes that if you’re a super strict vegan or vegetarian, you may never be happy with their offerings. 

That’s because due to the nature of their business, cooking methods can lead to contamination of these products with animal products.

Though, they’re trying to keep plant-based products separate from the meat-based ones, accidents can happen. 


When Can I Get My Beyond Chicken KFC?

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Not just yet. 

While the trials were a big success, there’s no doubt that there’s room for improvement in the product too and Beyond Meat and KFC are looking to develop the product before a larger roll out.

It’s not so much the taste that needs work but rather the texture which needs to feel right on the teeth to be a true chicken substitute. 

However, there are likely to be regular trials of the Beyond Chicken KFC appearing in stores near you over the next year or two before a national rollout takes place, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you need a vegan burger, right now, check out our list of the best plant-based burger brands. Then put some of the best vegan cheese brands on top.


What Is On The Menu At KFC, Right Now, That’s Vegan? 

If all that talk of KFC has got you hungry enough that you won’t wait for the vegan burger (though the Quorn one is available throughout the UK now), then there are a few things that are vegan on the original menu.

This includes:

  • Apple Sauce
  • Apple Turnover
  • BBQ Baked Beans
  • Corn on the Cob (but you need to ask for “no butter”)
  • Fries/Potato Wedges
  • Green Beans
  • House Side Salad (but you need to ask them to leave off the cheese) 

You’ll also find that many of their sauces and dressings are vegan including:

  • Grape Jelly
  • Ketchup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Mazetti Light Italian Dressing
  • Summertime BBQ Sauce
  • Sweet N Tangy Sauce
  • Strawberry Jam

Oh and all their drinks are vegan, except, of course, anything with milk in it. 


Final Thoughts On Guide To Vegan KFC

It’s good to see KFC leading the charge for vegan fast food and we can’t wait until the Beyond Chicken burger is available all the time, everywhere. 

Until then, however, you can still find a snack or two for vegans at KFC. 

If you’re looking for other vegan treats while you wait for that Beyond Chicken Burger may we recommend these vegan chips or these vegan gummy bears?

*Pro-Tip: For those with vegan-resistant partners combine a trip somewhere fun – maybe a thrift shop! – with a stop at KFC for the latest faux chicken burgers. 

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