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

Chick-fil-A, one of the largest fast-food chains in the United States specialised in chicken sandwiches, is testing for the first time a plant-based sandwich. Starting Monday, the new cauliflower sandwich will be available in a few selected locations.

The fast-food chain worked 4 years, “finding the right ingredients and perfecting the recipe”, to meet their costumers’ needs who wanted more vegetables on the menu. “We explored every corner of the plant-based space in search of the perfect centerpiece for our plant-forward entrée. Time and time again, we kept returning to cauliflower as the base of our sandwich,” said Stuart Tracy, culinary developer of the Chick-fil-A Cauliflower Sandwich.

The new sandwich is similar to the chain’s signature chicken sandwich, being marinated, and “seasoned with the same familiar flavours”, breaded and pressure-cooked as well. “Cauliflower is the hero of our new sandwich, and it was inspired by our original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich,” said Leslie Neslage, director of menu and packaging at Chick-fil-A. “Guests told us they wanted to add more vegetables into their diets, and they wanted a plant-forward entrée that tasted uniquely Chick-fil-A. Our new sandwich is made with the highest quality ingredients and whole vegetables, and we hope it offers customers another reason to dine at Chick-fil-A,” Neslage added.

The culinary developer promises “at first bite, you can expect a lot of flavor…the Cauliflower Sandwich is paired with two pickle chips and sandwiched between toasted, buttery buns. It’s a really delicious and satisfying sandwich.”

More and more restaurants have lately introduced plant-based options especially cauliflower because of its mild flavour, many serving burgers with vegetable patties, others serving fried cauliflower “wings” or even finely chopped as a rice substitute. Cauliflower is known for its nutrients, antioxidants and its high amount of vitamin C. You can consume it raw, pickled or cooked in various ways: steamed, roasted, saute.