Chick-fil-A tests its first plant-based sandwich

The tests began on Feb. 13.
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Posted at 2:06 AM, Feb 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-15 16:31:10-05

(AP) — 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 tests began on 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.