When you think of KFC, chances are that you don’t think of the fast food chain as being a haven for vegetarians. But according to FoodBeast.com, that could soon change. KFC is reportedly working on a vegetarian fried chicken recipe that could hit menus as soon as 2019.
But don’t get too hyped yet — there’s a small catch.
As of right now, KFC only plans to launch the meatless creation in the United Kingdom. The future launch is part of KFC U.K.’s seven-year plan to cut calories per serving by 20%. By the year 2020, KFC U.K. also aims to introduce several new meal options under 600 calories.
However, the company did reveal that the recipe will include the brand’s classic blend of 11 secret spices that make the OG KFC fried chicken so delectable.
Once the recipe is perfected, the company plans to test the vegetarian fried chicken with U.K. customers later this year. There’s no word on if/when vegetarian options will be made available to KFC customers outside of the U.K., but if the veggie fried chicken is a hit with this crowd, there’s a good chance that the recipe will go international.
If KFC succeeds in crafting a vegetarian version of Colonel Sanders’ beloved recipe, it will be the first-ever vegetarian fried chicken to hit the world of fast food chains.
As FoodBeast.com states, both McDonald’s and White Castle have vegan and vegetarian burger options. But no restaurant chain has yet to master a meatless chicken alternative.
If you live in L.A. or N.Y., you can get a too-good-to-be-true veggie fried chicken at Sweet Chick, a fried chicken chain owned by rapper Nas. Otherwise, cross your fingers and hope the U.K. clucks for KFC’s vegetarian fried chicken — because American vegetarians are hungry.