Beyond Fried Chicken
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Beyond Fried Chicken, Kentucky Fried Miracle or KFC Chicken Nuggets are a food product sold by the international fast food chain KFC. In August 2019, El Segundo, California-based Beyond Meat partnered with KFC for a plant-based chicken flavour nugget. It is the first fast-food chain to introduce a plant-based meat replacement after partnering with Beyond Meat.[1]

Product

The company decided to replace chicken with a plant-based meat-like product. One version is pea-protein mixed with soy, rice flour, carrot fiber, yeast extract, vegetable oil, salt, onion and garlic powder.[2] Nuggets and boneless wings are offered. It was released in US with prices, depending on pack size, ranging from $6 to $12.[3]

History

KFC launched the plant-based food with the help of Beyond Meat in response to customer requests.[4][5]

A KFC restaurant in Atlanta first tested a product called "Beyond Fried Chicken" in 2019. The product sold out in five hours, selling more than a week's worth of popcorn chicken. A tweet by KFC after the sell out called it a "Kentucky Fried Miracle".[4]

Reaction

PETA praised KFC's decision and said that "We’re hopeful that KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken test marks a new era for the company and that when it sees how much consumers value animals’ lives, it will work to make changes in its supply chain as well".[6]

Comparison with chicken nuggets

The Beyond Fried Chicken nuggets are reportedly better for the environment than chicken nuggets.[2]

The Beyond Fried Chicken nuggets contain fewer calories and less fat than KFC's chicken nuggets and about the same amount of sodium.[2] However, nutritionists say they should still not be regarded as healthy.[2][7]

References

  1. ^ "KFC is testing plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken and it sold out in less than five hours". USA TODAY.
  2. ^ a b c d Landsverk, Gabby. "KFC now has meatless 'chicken' made from wheat protein, but a nutritionist said it's not much healthier than the original". INSIDER.
  3. ^ "KFC trials plant-based nuggets and wings". Farming Independent.
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Derrick Bryson (August 28, 2019). "What Sandwich War? KFC Sells Out of Plant-Based 'Chicken' in Atlanta". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "KFC is testing a new fried chicken that isn't made out of chicken". TODAY.com.
  6. ^ "KFC tests out vegan plant-based 'chicken' nuggets and wings". Metro. August 27, 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-09-04.
  7. ^ Al-Heeti, Abrar. "Whole Foods CEO dismisses plant-based meat as 'super-highly processed foods'". CNET.