We love chicken here in the UK - in fact, it is now estimated that chicken is our favourite meat to consume. However, as more people switch to vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, the demand for meat-free alternatives to chicken has skyrocketed, and there are more options out there than ever before. On a recent trip to our local supermarket, we noticed that there were more meat-free chicken alternatives than just about any other type of meat, so it's fair to say that the choice is a bit overwhelming. We wanted to round up the best vegan chicken alternatives out there, taking into consideration the taste, price, and nutritional breakdown. Let's get into the guide:
Vivera chicken breasts
The Vivera brand isn't quite as big as the likes of Quorn quite yet, but they're certainly making a dent in the vegan market. One of their products which is really cementing their place on the supermarket shelves is their meat-free chicken breasts - these don't just taste pretty good, they've also got a nice texture and look to them.
THIS isn't chicken
We've written before about the THIS isn't products, but their chicken is definitely the best product from their range. It's so good in fact that brands such as Barburrito have chosen to use their chicken as the vegan option in their stores.
What the cluck chicken
Our full review of the What The Cluck Chicken is the best place to head if you're looking for our full thoughts on their meat-free short, but in short - we think it's pretty great. The texture is nice and the taste is pretty good.
Squeaky Bean Chicken Style Pieces
Bean pieces might not sound like they'd have the taste or texture of chicken, but trust us when we say these vegan chicken style pieces from Squeaky Bean really do taste like the real thing. The Sweet Smokey flavour pieces in the picture were awesome in a wrap that we made, and what really surprised us is how similar the texture was to real chicken. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
OMV No Chicken Kievs
Yes, you're reading that right - vegan chicken kievs! And they're actually really nice too. We didn't expect much from the Asda vegan range, so when we found these vegan chicken kievs we definitely wanted to try them, and they're actually pretty great. Learn more and buy them here - groceries.asda.com
So for us there is a clear winner here - the chicken-style pieces from THIS isn't are just too good, despite the price. The texture is similar to chicken, and although the taste isn't perfect, no brand has cracked that yet. So until a brand does nail it, we'll be sticking to THIS isn't for whenever our chicken cravings flare up.