Chick-fil-A Gets Mixed Reactions After Announcing Test of First Plant-Based Sandwich
Chick-fil-A is jumping on the plant-based bandwagon.
The Atlanta chain said Thursday that it’s testing its first plant-based entrée—a breaded cauliflower sandwich—at restaurants in Denver; Charleston, South Carolina; and the Greensboro, North Carolina, area. The test begins Feb. 13.
Chick-fil-A said its culinary team spent four years developing the sandwich after guests told the chain they wanted to add more vegetables to their diets. Chick-fil-A tested mushrooms, chickpeas and chopped vegetables formed into patties but kept returning to cauliflower for its mild flavor.
Like Chick-fil-A’s signature chicken sandwich, the cauliflower steak is marinated, breaded, pressure-cooked and then served on a bun with two pickle slices.
Chick-fil-A is a relative latecomer to the plant-based fast food scene. Burger King started selling its Impossible Whopper—featuring a plant-based burger made by Impossible Foods—in 2019. Starbucks launched an Impossible sausage sandwich in 2020. McDonald’s debuted its McPlant burger—developed with Beyond Meat—in the United Kingdom in 2021. And KFC began selling Beyond Meat nuggets last year.
Reactions to the sandwich were definitely mixed, but unless you have plans to travel to Colorado or the Carolinas, you may have to wait until it makes its way down to Louisiana.
And that's only if it "passes" the test.