New Fake Chicken Actually Tastes Like Chicken!


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It's a good day for chickens and vegetarians.

According to Time, scientists at the University of Missouri have announced that they have finally figured out a way to make credible vegetarian chicken. The soy version not only breaks apart in your mouth like real chicken does -- no easy feat indeed -- but it also tastes like chicken, too.

As someone who eats a lot of fake meat -- correction: as someone who chokes down a lot of fake meat -- this is great news!

In my recent quest to eat less meat, I've been experimenting with a lot of fake meat products -- including Tofurky and seitan. Now, I know plenty of non-meat eaters swear by these products, but they just don't taste good to me. In fact, I'd rather skip 'em all together and eat a plate of vegetables.

Chicken is supposedly even harder to replicate -- than, say, turkey -- because of its delicate flavor and fibrous texture. That's exactly why it has taken scientists more than 10 years to come up with a credible fake product. Turtle Island Foods -- the creator of Tofurky -- and its competitors are now considering whether to buy this new vegetarian chicken product.

Though plant-based meat (versus real meat) is arguably better for the planet and our bodies; some food sites are wondering whether the amount of processing these products require will take a toll on either.

And I'm dying to know what it tastes like. I'm trying not to get my hopes up given my dislike for other vegetarian meat, but wouldn't it be amazing if it actually tasted authentic?

Do you eat fake meat? What's your favorite product?

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cafemama cafemama

I'll believe it when I taste it!

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I find this hysterical!

One of my very good friends is vegan, and she convinced me to try tofurkey because "it's SO good!".  She's only be animal-free for about 7 years, and I figured that she surely remembered what the 'real' stuff tasted like, so I tried it.  I'm not sure what the rest of her vegan diet tastes like, if tofurkey gets a "SO good" rating.  Ack.

I eat Morningstar Farms veggie burgers, and love them, but don't consider them fake meat by any means.  Oh, and I tried a tofu pup once.  Really?  How is this food?

LoriA... LoriAnn87

I have tasted fake meat thanks to my husaband's cousin who doesnt' eat meat and no way will I ever eat it again. It takes like cardboard.

jeann... jeannesager

"fake meat" comes in grades. There are a lot of really bad products out there, and if you try one you may think they represent it all. But as a vegetarian, I wil say they're not all created equal any more than every steak is created equal.

Don't write it all off based on a few bad ones -- keep trying different brands!

Adria... AdrianaCooks

I'm very meh on fake meats because I think they're sort of an exercise in bad faith--I mean, if you're opposed to eating meat why "pretend" to eat meat? Plus I always picture a bunch of vegetables with their hands on their hips saying "Why aren't we enough for you?!?" The canneloni beans cry when people eat tofurky. That said, I think that quorn stuff is kind of good.

RanaA... RanaAurora

Processed, flavored soy isn't really very good for you.  That said, for a vegetarian who has a rare meat craving, they can be a good replacement.

nonmember avatar trackcyclist

Very simple answer - GARDEIN !!!

Best meat substitute there is, bar none.

And tastes fantastic. I'm not a vegetarian, but I'd eat GARDEIN anytime. Both OPRAH and ELLEN have raved about it.

Peajewel Peajewel

I eat the veggie burgers and some of them are really good some are crap.

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