KFC Vegan in Australia: A Vegetarian Guide

Are you a vegetarian, if you are looking for KFC vegan dishes then wait a little. There is no doubt that KFC is known for its distinctive taste which especially attracts fried chicken lovers.

Although KFC is not known for vegan food, they are starting to try it in Australia. This article looks at what vegan options KFC now has in Australia, talks about earlier plant-based trials, and thinks about what vegan options they might have in the future.

Are KFC Vegan Options in Australia?

KFC Vegan in Australia A Vegetarian Guide
KFC Vegan in Australia A Vegetarian Guide

Yes, KFC Menu Australia offers a limited selection of vegan options like plant-based nuggets and vegan burgers. These options provide alternatives to traditional meat-based items for individuals adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. However, it is important to note that although these options exist, the majority of KFC’s menu still consists of non-vegetarian dishes.

Current Options; KFC Vegetarian Australia

  • KFC Wicked Popcorn Burger: This burger option features a plant-based wicked popcorn patty. However, it usually includes non-vegetarian cheese and mayonnaise.
  • Sides and Extras: Some of KFC’s sides and extras are vegan-friendly, such as chips, side salads (without dressing), etc.
KFC Vegan Chicken: KFC introduced vegan chicken to a few locations in NSW in 2023 and it went over well, so we can expect it to be introduced more widely in the future.

Is KFC Vegan Burger?

As of today, 6 February 2024, there are no sustainable vegan burgers on the KFC Australia menu. But they have tried some limited-time options that people liked which we have mentioned above.

What is KFC Vegan Chicken?

KFC Vegan Chicken” means food that tries to taste and feel like real chicken but is made from plants. It’s for people who don’t eat meat or want to try something different.

Here’s what it’s usually made from:

  • Proteins: Various plant-based proteins are used, such as:
    • Soy protein: A common option, can be textured to resemble chicken flesh.
    • Pea protein: Trending choice, provides good protein, and has a neutral flavor.
    • Seitan: Made from wheat gluten, has a chewy texture similar to chicken and can be seasoned differently.
    • Jackfruit: Unripe fruit with a meaty texture when cooked, often used in pulled “chicken” dishes.
    • Mushrooms: Certain types, like oyster mushrooms, can be marinated and cooked to mimic chicken texture and taste.
  • Other Ingredients: Oils, spices, herbs, flavorings, and binders are used to achieve the desired taste and texture.

Some important points about vegan chicken are as follows:

  1. Texture and Taste Varies:
    • Different brands and types of vegan chicken taste and feel different.
    • Try different ones to see which you like best.
  2. Nutritional Differences:
    • Some vegan chicken has added nutrients, but it may not be as nutritious as real chicken.
    • Check the label to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need.
  3. Allergy Caution:
    • If you’re allergic to soy or wheat, some types of vegan chicken may not be suitable.
    • Be careful and check the ingredients.
  4. Environmentally Friendly:
    • Plant-based options are better for the environment than traditional meat.
    • They have a lower impact on the planet.

When is vegan KFC coming to Australia?

It is difficult to accurately predict the arrival of “vegan KFC” in Australia, as it depends on many factors. Although KFC introduced vegan chicken in 2023, which was well received, we can only assume that it may be available in some KFC stores later this year.

But if seen as a business, it is almost impossible because KFC is famous all over the world because of its secret fried chicken recipe and they would not want to lose it.


KFC Australia has some vegetarian options such as Wicked Popcorn and some sides. They tested vegan chicken in 2023, suggesting they could add more plant-based options later. They haven’t said yet whether they’ll have a full vegan menu, but keep an eye on our website and vegan groups for updates. Don’t forget, there are plenty of delicious vegetarian options, not just KFC.

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Meet KFC food lover Noah Tuck nick nick-named KFCMan. With a deep love for food and years of experience creating KFC menus, Noah is here to tell you about the delicious options that make up the KFC menu. Learn more

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