Popular fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has announced that it will test a "Cauliflower Sandwich" at locations in several markets.
The chicken-centric chain is describing the new item as "plant-forward" and saying that development was a years-long process.
"The sandwich is made with a tender filet cut from a whole, real cauliflower and embraces the plant-forward style that places vegetables at the center of the entrée," a press release states, noting that the new item "was created, developed, and tested in-house by Chick-fil-A chefs who worked diligently for nearly four years finding the right ingredients and perfecting the recipe for the new sandwich."
"The preparation is similar to the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich – it is marinated, breaded with a signature seasoning, pressure-cooked, and served on a toasted buttery bun with two dill pickle chips," the release reads. "Milk and eggs are included in the preparation process of the Chick-fil-A Cauliflower Sandwich. We do not designate vegetarian-only preparation surfaces," the company notes.
Beginning on Monday, the company will test out the new offering in the markets of "Denver, Charleston, S.C. and North Carolina's Greensboro-Triad region."
"We explored every corner of the plant-based space in search of the perfect centerpiece for our plant-forward entrée," culinary developer of the sandwich Stuart Tracy said, according to the press release. "Time and time again, we kept returning to cauliflower as the base of our sandwich."
"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," said Leslie Neslage, the company's director of menu and packaging.
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