KFC starts selling something that 'tastes just like chicken' – but isn't

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By , WWJ Newsradio 950

Kentucky Fried Chicken is about to debut a new menu item that tastes just like chicken, but doesn't actually contain any meat.

The fast food chain is joining forces with Beyond Meat to create what the company describes as a "Kentucky Fried Miracle."

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Beginning Monday, January 10, KFC restaurants across the U.S. will offer plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken for a limited time, while supplies last.

The plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken was developed over the past two years by Beyond Meat exclusively for KFC.

KFC says Beyond Fried Chicken is packed with delicious flavor and the juicy satisfaction that you'd expect from its iconic fried chicken but in a plant-based option that's still finger lickin' good.

"The mission from day one was simple – make the world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken from plants," KFC President Kevin Hochman said in a statement. "And now over two years later we can say, 'mission accomplished.'"

Beyond Fried Chicken is served with a choice of your favorite KFC dipping sauce -- Honey BBQ, Ranch, Honey Mustard and KFC Sauce. It is available as KFC's first ever plant-based combo meal with Secret Recipe Fries and a medium drink, or à la carte in six or 12-piece orders. Prices start at $6.99 and may vary by location.

KFC was the first fast food company to introduce plant-based chicken when it tested its first iteration of Beyond Fried Chicken in August 2019 as a part of a limited-run test in Atlanta. The company called the launch an overwhelming success, with the test store selling out in less than five hours.

In 2020, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Beyond Meat expanded the test to select restaurants in Nashville and Charlotte. That summer, KFC shared a sneak peek of Beyond Fried Chicken at select restaurants in Southern California, which led to another sell-out in just one week.

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