Per a press release, KFC will soon become the world’s first quick service restaurant “to introduce a plant-based chicken.” They teamed up with Beyond Meat to create “Beyond Fried Chicken,” which will debut at an Atlanta KFC location tomorrow, CNBC reports.
The vegan alternative will only be available at that one restaurant for now (637 Cobb Pkwy South East, Smyrna, GA, for anyone in the area!), and it will only be available for an unspecified limited time. As far as how you’ll be able to order them, Beyond Fried Chicken will come in nugget or boneless wing form and will be offered with all your favorite usual suspects/dipping sauces. You can go with Nashville Hot, Buffalo, or Honey BBQ sauce, or, of course, you can stick to the OG Finger Lickin’ Good sauce. For those who try the six-nug option and love them, you can go for a full 12-piece meal as well.
Anyone who’s devastated about the suuuper selective roll-out of the new product needn’t despair. Per INSIDER, KFC plans to “consider customer feedback as it decides whether to test the menu item at more locations or launch it nationally.” After all, it was only a few months ago that KFC’s US president of business Kevin Hochman admitted he’d begun reluctantly meeting with companies behind plant-based alternatives: “If you would have asked me six months ago, I would have said no, to be completely honest with you,” he said in May. “Because we’re about fried chicken.”
Like I said—stay tuned. I can’t help but suspect a certain KFC will be overrun with curious taste-testers tomorrow, paving the way for a larger roll-out.