Kentucky Fried Herbs? KFC to test vegetarian fried chicken

KFC has announced that it will break with its meat-loving tradition and begin testing a vegetarian alternative to chicken later this year in the United Kingdom.

They’re not just winging it: The US fast food chain said the move is in line with its UK commitment to reduce calories per serving by 20% by 2025.

The company said a vegetarian menu item could be officially launched as early as next year in the United Kingdom and Ireland. US customers may have to wait longer.

Louisville-based KFC will test the product in the United Kingdom, and Foodbeast says smaller restaurants there, such as Temple Seitan, are famous for their versions of plant-based fried chicken.

Few details about the product were available, but it will use KFC’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.

KFC UK told that it is still working on the recipe and plans to test it with customers this year and launch the product next year.

KFC UK hopes to cut its calories per serving by 20 percent in the next seven years, according to the report. And it will introduce meals that are under 600 calories by 2020.

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