The chain is unveiling Beyond Fried Chicken, a plant-based faux chicken that is rolled out in partnership with fake-meat business Beyond Meat.
The product rolled out for the first time on Tuesday only at the Smyrna, GA location. Those lucky enough to dine at the northern Atlanta location can choose between boneless wings or nuggets.
Depending on how the launch goes, the company will use it to determine if they should take the vegan chicken dish nationwide.
Kentucky Fried Chicken announced the new product on social media, which definitely got a lot of attention.
It’s Kentucky Fried Chicken but it’s made with @BeyondMeat. It’s confusing, but it’s also delicious. Feast on these Kentucky Fried miracles tomorrow while they last at KFC in Atlanta, Georgia. pic.twitter.com/lC5oYM1cmk
— KFC (@kfc) August 26, 2019
Along with the debut, KFC made the Atlanta store green for the special occasion.
KFC made this entire store green for their beyond meat debut 🌿 pic.twitter.com/GJ6dpUDLeE
— Veró Ⓥ (@veganVero) August 26, 2019
People were pretty excited about the new product on social media. However, there were also a few haters. See what they were saying about it below.
— Montero ☘️☘️ (@MilfyMontero) August 26, 2019
Me when the Beyond Meat KFC buckets come out pic.twitter.com/8x3KkXqWxU
— Looks like BroadCity (@tastytefi69) August 26, 2019
Thank you beyond meat and KFC for making vegan options 🙏🏻🖤
— 𝕵𝖔𝖍𝖓𝖓𝖎𝖊 𝕲𝖚𝖎𝖑𝖇𝖊𝖗𝖙 🖤4Days (@JohnnieGuilbert) August 26, 2019
Despite the fact that I very much pride myself on healthy eating, I look forward to gorging myself on KFC’s Beyond Meat Chicken wings and nuggets. The messiah has arrived.
— LIL PHARMA (@NNYVE) August 26, 2019
NOW we talking!😈 I fuck with Beyond Meat. Don’t get up here preaching to me either. I eat wtf I wanthttps://t.co/sYlRqVDUUQ
— ❤❤💋iHeartBattleRap💋❤❤ (@DreadzAndEyez) August 27, 2019
Not meat. Not chicken. Not real food.
— hodl dragon🍯🦡 (@ocmmm) August 26, 2019
Recently, Burger King rolled out an Impossible Whopper with fake beef for vegans to enjoy, so KFC is definitely not the first. However, when everyone is talking about fried chicken sandwiches, the restaurant is quietly launching a major new menu item that could change the KFC experience for vegans everywhere.
In case you’re not familiar with the chicken sandwich war going on, we’ll fill you in.
First, Popeye’s posted a tantalizing tweet describing the new sandwiches.
“Chicken. Brioche. Pickles. New. Sandwich. Popeyes. Nationwide. So. Good. Forgot. How. Speak. In. Complete. Sandwiches. I mean, sentences,” it read.
Chicken. Brioche. Pickles. New. Sandwich. Popeyes. Nationwide. So. Good. Forgot. How. Speak. In. Complete. Sandwiches. I mean, sentences. pic.twitter.com/14kXBv4jJw
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 12, 2019
Then, Chick-fil-A seemed to subtweet Popeye’s, bragging about their “original” sandwich.
Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the ❤️ for the original. pic.twitter.com/qBAIIxZx5v
— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) August 19, 2019
Popeye’s saw this, and couldn’t help but respond.
… y’all good? https://t.co/lPaTFXfnyP
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 19, 2019
Then, Wendy’s got involved, bragging about their own sandwich.
Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich. pic.twitter.com/4v9RJFgy0T
— WENDY’S SPICY NUGGETS ARE BACK!!! (@Wendys) August 19, 2019
Zaxby’s even retweeted some saying their sandwich was the best which was definitely a more subtle diss.
The Zaxbys chicken sandwich is underrated tho
— 6’7 (@Maurice_Suave) August 19, 2019
Shake Shack also promoted their chicken sandwich “with no beef” to attempt to stay neutral in the war.
If you’re lookin’ for a chicken sandwich (without the beef 😉), you know where to find us. pic.twitter.com/2wtV2POvFf
— SHAKE SHACK (@shakeshack) August 19, 2019
One of the most hilarious brand tweets is from Bojangle’s, who deleted their post bragging about their own chicken sandwich.
Bojangles deleted their sandwich that needed lip chap tweet. 😩 pic.twitter.com/ftHVESDLf5
— 👸🏾L E A👸🏾 (@_MissLeandra) August 19, 2019
Since then, the shade has only continued. However, in the meantime, let’s hope that KFC takes this fake meat product worldwide to feed our chicken nugget addiction.
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