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Chick-fil-A is testing its first plant-based sandwich

10/02/2023

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Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman

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Chick-fil-A is testing a new plant-based sandwich made of cauliflower.

The fast food giant is diving into the vegan space, swapping chicken for breaded cauliflower in a new sarnie.

Just Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich, the cauliflower steak is marinated, breaded and pressure-cooked and then squeezed into a bun alongside some pickles.

The new menu addition is being added on a trial basis from February 13th, but it won’t be in all restaurants to start with.

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Chick-fil-A’s cauliflower sandwich is landing in select stores (Credit: Chick-fil-A)

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You’ll be able to get your hands on it in restaurants in Denver; Charleston, South Carolina; and the Greensboro, North Carolina, area.

As there aren’t any Chick-fil-A branches in the UK, unfortunately we won’t get a chance to sample the new vegan option over here.

The sandwich is said to have taken four years to develop, and came in response to customers stating they wanted more vegetables in their diets.

They are also said to have tested the burger with mushrooms, chickpeas and various other chopped vegetables formed into patties before settling on cauliflower.

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Chick-fil-A is getting on the vegan bandwagon (Credit: Chick-fil-A)

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“We explored every corner of the plant-based space in search of the perfect centerpiece for our plant-forward entrée,” Chick-fil-A Culinary Lead Stuart Tracy said in a statement. “Time and time again, we kept returning to cauliflower as the base of our sandwich.”

We don’t yet know whether more branches will follow suit in selling the cauliflower burger or whether the fast food chain will end up going back to the drawing board.

The new cauliflower burger comes a little late to the game, as several other fast food eateries have already released vegan burgers over the last couple of years. 

It will all depend what the customers in their three selected locations think of it. 

McDonald’s McPlant burger was one of the first to hit the market, whilst Burger King was also a leader with its Impossible Whopper (and extensive plant-based menu that followed). Plus, KFC also began selling Beyond Meat nuggets last year.

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