Quality fried chicken is all about mouthfeel; it's all about the crispy, crunchy texture that gives way to a tender and juicy bite. Then comes the deliciously savory taste that reels you back in for more, followed by the finger-licking good remnants of oil. Simply put, there’s nothing quite like fried chicken, and for some reason other fried meats just don’t hit the same.
Those qualities also explain why plant-based companies have had a hard time replicating the fried chicken experience. Many have tried to varying results, yet most have failed to stick the landing. Whether homemade, frozen, or take-out, we like our fried chicken tasting like fried chicken.
Tossing its hat into the plant-based fried chicken ring is UK-based up-and-comer VFC, or simply referred to as Vegan Fried Chicken. They’re hoping to stoke the fires of dissent amongst chicken-lovers, and convert them over to team vegan. VFC is leading a “positive rebellion” against climate change, environmental destruction, factory farming, and slaughterhouse. Their stance is clear: save chickens.
Launched by Veganaury-founder Matthew Glover and chef/restaurateur Adam Lyons in 2020, along with a rebellious streak, VFC packs a crispy crunch that might have unlocked the plant-based fried chicken code. While their protein is made using a mixture of soy, wheat, peas, potatoes, and fava beans like many plant-based chicken brands, VFC sets itself apart with its super tender and juicy consistency paired with that undeniable crispness.
VFC's products include Chick*n Filets, Chick*n Tenders, and Popcorn Chick*n, with each available in Original Recipe Crispy, or Spicy for those who like it hot. Kids can even wave their vegan flag and experience the brand's chicken feet-shaped Chick*n Stomper bites. You can make crunchy and crave-worthy sandwiches, wraps, or simple and easy lunch-time snacks.
Currently, you can only get your crispy VFC fix from several online retailers and at select restaurants in the United Kingdom. Each bite is not only tasty, but also a protest against the unethical treatment and conditions of the poultry industry.