What is Plant-Based Chicken?
Over the years, we have seen plant-based meat alternatives take on the world by storm, but this is especially true of meatless chicken products. So, if all this buzz has you wondering what is plant-based chicken? – you’re not alone. We’re here to break down everything you need to know about meat substitutes so that you can make the best choice for yourself and your family. Check out our comprehensive guide below to learn more about the process of making vegan chicken, what goes into plant-based chicken, and how to use it!
How Meatless Chicken is Made
Let’s start with the basics! Any plant-based meat, chicken or otherwise, is made with a combination of plant materials that are designed to mimic the taste, appearance and texture of specific meats. Here’s how we do it:
Appearance: As a white meat, chicken is pale in color both before and after it is cooked. In order to maintain a similar look, we allow the natural coloring of each ingredient to shine through, only adjusting as needed to mimic the white color of cooked chicken.
Texture: The natural qualities of animal proteins give the meat a springy texture and self-binding characteristic, which is often difficult to replicate when using rigid plant protein sources. As a result, many plant-based meat alternatives tend to crumble and dry out when they are cooked. At Meatless Farm, we’ve solved this problem by incorporating several key ingredients in our Chik’n products. First, we use sunflower and coconut oil as a fat source to help bind the protein together and give that distinctly juicy texture. We then use pea protein concentrate and bamboo fiber to give our plant-based Chik’n a more firm and fibrous texture similar to animal meat. Finally, we use plant-based thickeners, potassium lactate and methyl cellulose, to hold it all together.
Taste: All of this effort would be wasted, however, if we weren’t able to deliver on the taste. That’s why we incorporate two key ingredients to achieve the savory and sumptuous umami flavor of animal meats: yeast extracts and natural flavorings. Combining these two ingredients together allows us to get all the juicy, delicious taste of meat without using any actual meat. Thanks, science!
Most often, the result is what is known as “restructured meat,” which is just a fancy way of saying that the plant-based meat product has been formed into a particular shape, such as with nuggets, patties, links, or crumbles. Restructured meat is one of the most common types of plant-based alternatives, with the other being whole muscle meat – a product designed to mimic an entire steak or chicken breast. At Meatless Farm, our new Chik’n products come in both Cutlet and Nugget products for convenience and accessibility. But what is plant-based chicken made of? Keep reading to find out!
At Meatless Farm, we believe in transparency and that everyone should know and understand what they are choosing to eat. So, we’re very open about what we make our plant-based proteins out of. Check out our website to learn all about the natural ingredients used in our plant-based chicken cutlets and our plant-based chicken nuggets.
How to Use Plant-Based Chik’n
Making any change to your diet can be overwhelming. You may feel like you don’t know where to start or how to use new foods when cooking or preparing your meals. Meatless Farm Chik’n products were created to help combat this problem by giving you a chicken alternative in a familiar way. Packaged as either Cutlets or Nuggets, you can use our Chik’n in whatever way you usually would use chicken proteins. Simply replace the animal meats in your favorite dishes with Meatless Farm Chik’n to get started.
Need some more meal ideas? Check out some of our best vegan chicken recipes here.
Making the Switch
Plant-based meats, and plant-based diets in general, have increased in popularity for various reasons but perhaps the most significant being the many health and wellness benefits offered by this change. More specifically, increasing your plant-based protein consumption has been linked to a decreased risk of certain diseases, better maintenance of blood sugar levels, lowered cholesterol, weight loss, and reduced environmental impact. You can read more about the benefits of plant-based protein in our latest blog.
At Meatless Farm, we are dedicated to creating a plant-based product we can be proud of and that you will love! That’s why we recently opened the world’s first dedicated plant protein facility (outside of China) in Calgary, Canada. This flagship facility uses cutting-edge manufacturing processes to reduce water and energy use by up to 90% when making our products. Why Canada? Well, Canada is the pea-capital of the world so having a facility here will allow us to grow, harvest, process and extract our own pea protein all within 20 kilometers. Talk about sustainability! Learn more about the other benefits of plant-based protein here.
We believe that plant-based protein should be easy to use and accessible for everyone, but we know many people enjoy animal proteins. That’s why we have dedicated ourselves to exploring how plants can be used to create new and exciting flavors that everyone will love incorporating into their diet. Whether you are a full-fledged vegan or a fan of Meatless Monday, we promise you’ll love the taste of our plant-based proteins.
Ready to make the switch to plant-based meat? Check out our other blog on our 8 vegan hot dog recipes.