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In response to the #KFCCrisis, PETA has announced the UK’s top 10 spots for vegan fried chicken
Vegan chicken from Seitans Grill, Cheltenham

The closure of KFC shops across the UK has been termed a ‘crisis’: there are reports of chicken smuggling, dumped poultry and delivery drivers working around the clock.

#KFCCrisis trended on Twitter and bags of seasoning mixed up to match KFC’s secret flavouring – a secret held under lock and key – are for sale on eBay.

But there is hope for all the fast food fiends looking for a new fix: PETA has created a list of the UK’s Best Vegan Fried Chicken. The winners include the following:

Top 10 vegan chicken spots

Burger Lolz, Sheffield
This all-vegan eatery in Sheffield serves burgers with mayonnaise, lettuce and fresh tomatoes as well as crispy ‘chicken’ strips and ‘popcorn chicken’ pieces.

Bread Meats Bread, Edinburgh
This Edinburgh burger joint offers four different homemade seitan burgers fried in vegan buttermilk and served with mouth-watering toppings such as vegan Sriracha mayo, ‘mheat’ rashers and gooey dairy-free cheese.

The Caledonia, Liverpool
Liverpool’s all-vegan pub serves the scrumptious Chimken BLT burger – which is topped with ‘bacon’, lettuce, and tomato – as well as crispy wings served plain, in BBQ sauce or with gravy.

Not Dogs, Birmingham
Located in the heart of Birmingham’s Bullring, Not Dogs offers a southern-fried ‘chicken’ burger served with crispy ‘bacon’, lettuce, and homemade vegan mayonnaise as well as crispy nuggets

Seitan’s Grill, Cheltenham
This all-vegan Cheltenham-based pop-up’s signature seitan burger is a firm favourite, and it’ll soon also be offering crispy nuggets and a marinated-tofu ‘chicken’ burger deep-fried in panko breadcrumbs and served with a homemade mayo dressing.

Earth, Hampshire
This 100% vegan restaurant offers chicken-style burgers topped with mayonnaise and crispy lettuce, as well as nuggets and ‘popcorn chicken’ pieces.

Vegan Fried Chicken, Leeds
Check out Vegan Fried Chicken in Leeds for burgers packed with lettuce and vegan mayonnaise as well as crispy fried ‘chicken’ pieces served with a variety of dips and sauces.

Temple of Seitan, London
With locations in Hackney and Camden, London’s original vegan chicken shop serves a variety of delicious options, including hot wings in spicy buffalo sauce with ranch mayo and a crispy fillet burger with bacon, cheese, lettuce, pickles and mayo.

V-Rev, Manchester
This vegan Manchester eatery offers ‘chkn’ burgers served with hot pepper ‘cheez’, fried onions, and lettuce as well as crispy tenders glazed in a choice of buffalo or BBQ sauce accompanied by ranch dressing and fresh chives.

Happy Friday Kitchen, Oxford
Oxford’s all-vegan Happy Friday Kitchen serves seitan burgers with vegan macaroni cheese, lettuce, and tomato as well as crispy tenders and hot wings, both accompanied by a variety of dips.

The problem with chicken

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to eat’ – notes that chickens are smart, social and sensitive animals who love their families and value their own lives.

Chickens raised for their flesh on factory farms are routinely fed antibiotics and bred to grow so large that their legs often collapse under their own body weight.

At the abattoir, they’re shackled upside down, their throats are slit, and they’re scalded in defeathering tanks – sometimes while still conscious.

‘All our wonderful winners deliver plant-based chicken with huge flavour and zero cruelty. PETA’s top-10 list will help those turned away from KFC to get their fried ‘chicken’ fix without the battered flesh of dead birds.’

PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects

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