They will also introduce multiple meals that are under 600 calories by 2020. That's according to restaurant consultant Aaron Allen, who told USA Today other fast food chains will likely follow KFC's lead.
Vegetarians will soon get an option of their own at Kentucky fried chicken, but there's a catch.
KFC itself has a seven-year initiative to achieve such a cut in the calorie count of its servings in Britain, and said its work on vegetarian "fried chicken" was part of that. KFC says it will begin testing a vegetarian alternative to chicken later this year in the U.K. That alternative remains a mystery as the chain is saying the recipe is in its "very early stages".
For those anxious about losing the authenticity and tradition of KFC's iconic eleven herbs and spices, the chain promises that the same spice mix used to compliment its regular fried chicken variety will be preserved in the new menu item. "Once we've perfected the recipe, we're aiming to test with customers this year, and if all goes well, we hope to launch a new vegetarian option in 2019".
"We always look to respond to the latest changes in lifestyle and dining habits of our customers and a key part of that for our business in the United Kingdom is offering lighter options and more choice", the company said in an e-mail.
LONDON-KFC says it's cooking up a new, healthier recipe, one that will be missing the restaurant chain's most famous ingredient: chicken. In April, White Castle introduced a plant-based version of its cheese slider in its stores in New York, New Jersey and Chicago.
The fast food giant is hoping to roll out the veggie option later this year, with plans to make it a staple of the menu by 2019.
KFC is not the only company looking to shake up its established menu. "Double and triple digits", he said.