KFC is serving up its plant-based chicken to select stores in China months after testing the alternative protein at locations in the U.S.
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The chicken chain is partnering with U.S food giant Cargill to debut its nuggets at participating stores in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen until April 30.
"The test of KFC's Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets caters to the growing market in China for delicious alternative meat options on the go," said Yum China CEO Joey Wat. "We believe that testing the plant-based chicken concept with one of our most iconic products will take this increasingly popular meatless trend to a new level."
KFC became the first chain to serve up a plant-based chicken product as fast-food chains like Burger King and Dunkin' Brands push for alternatives to beef with meatless patties and imitation sausage.
In January, KFC teamed with Beyond Meat to serve its plant-based fried chicken at several of its restaurants in Tennessee and North Carolina after a successful test run.
The menu item will look and taste like real chicken and will include high-quality protein such as soy, wheat and special pea, "which help create a taste that is as close as possible to real chicken," the restaurant chain said.
Participating stores will be given a "green makeover" throughout the test period to "convey the plant-based concept of the product."
KFC is also offering customers the chance to share feedback on the new product before potentially initiating a wider-scale rollout.