KFC launched its vegan no chicken burger across all 900 UK locations on January 2 and I’ve been dying to try it. The company was the ultimate catalyst for me stopping eating meat 5 years or so ago so this is pretty huge.
If I told you then that fast food restaurants would all be adding vegan food to their menus, you’d have thought I was mad. KFC is one of the biggest contributors to animal cruelty and now they’ve made a vegan burger with quorn, what a time to be alive! And vegan!
While it’s amazing to have more junk food eating opportunities, KFC’s new burger might not be for you from an ethical standpoint, which is fair enough. But you have to start somewhere with giants like them and show them there is demand and huge profit in it.
Outside The UK
Though KFC UK has just started its journey into vegan food, other locations have already launched trials.
- Last August, KFC in the US trialled vegan chicken in partnership with Beyond Meat in Atlanta.
- KFC in Canada trialled Lightlife vegan chicken last December.
- Vietnamese branches last year launched 2 vegan options, which included a sandwich and a rice bowl. They were only available at branches during July.
I was a huge fan of KFC and ate it fairly often as most people do. The coating on their chicken is something they’re famous for so I was eager to taste those 11 herbs and spices again. It’s been years since I’ve had it but I remember what it’s like.
It doesn’t look exactly their chicken burgers as its a flat rounded patty but close enough. I like that they don’t look identical and can easily be recognised, meaning its less likely you’ll end up with chicken in your burger by mistake.
Here is everything you need to know about the no chicken burger:
11 Herbs & Spices Coating
The taste could fool a non vegan I think and you can definitely taste those dreamy herbs and spices. I would love it to be crispy and a bit greasy because well it is a burger after all and those are inherent of KFC chicken.
The batter doesn’t disappoint and is pretty great, flavoursome and slightly salty. However, you’ll find crispier batter at temple of seitan and they could learn something from them. The taste is there but the texture could use a little work.
Quorn No Chicken Patty
The texture is classic quorn texture, nice and firm but not too firm. Very authentic looking and smelling.
It has a slightly juicier quality than what I’m used to tasting of quorn but I think that could just be because it’s coating then fried? But it’s good anyway. Slightly dry and could use more mayo (which is weird as fast food places always overdo the sauces). but other than that I think it’s really delicious.
The Whole Package
The scent is an important factor when it comes to food and this nails it. Nostalgic feelings of eating a bargain bucket come back before the first bite.
Not enough mayo for me but the simple ingredients come together harmoniously and is a delight for your tastebuds. In terms of price, £5.09 for a small burger seems very overpriced. I would expect a meal to cost that much with fries and a drink, maybe even a little less. There is an option to get a drink with it but not fries as they are fried with the popcorn chicken so aren’t vegan (which is absurd).
Would I Buy It Again?
Absolutely. I wanted another as soon as I took a bite, and after two I still wanted another ha. Not filling for the price but tasty. So I would buy again and be slightly bitter about it.
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