Chicken is the most popular meat in the United States, but as the public is learning that chickens raised by the commercial meat industry often spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, that most of them are still conscious while their throats are cut, and that many are scalded to death, more and more people are making the compassionate choice to leave chicken—and ALL meat—off their plates.

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Going vegan today means you don’t have to give up any of the tastes you love, especially when it comes to chicken! Not only are there tons of vegan chicken options available, they’re also easier to cook than chicken meat and safer to eat, too. Here are some of our favorites:

Quorn

A long-time vegetarian favorite, Quorn recently added some vegan products to their U.S. lineup! They make Vegan Chick’n Tenders,  Vegan Chick’n Cutlets, Vegan Breaded Chick’n Cutlets, and Vegan Spicy Chicken Patties. They’re available in select Whole Foods stores.

Beyond Meat

beyond chickenGrilled, Lightly Seasoned, or Southwest Style Chicken-Free Strips

Boca

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Boca 

Original Chick’n Nuggets, Spicy Chick’n Sliders, and Spicy Chick’n Patties (non-GMO soy versions)

Gardein

gardein chicken sliders

Mandarin Crispy Chick’n, 7-Grain Crispy Tenders, Chick’n Scallopini, Chipotle Lime Fingers, Barbecue Wings, Chick’n Sliders, and Chick’n Patties

Lightlife

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Lightlife 

Smart Strips

Simple Truth

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Meatless Crispy Tenders and Patties (available at Kroger and Ralphs stores)

Simply Balanced

simply balanced target chicken

Mushroom Miso, Korean Barbecue, and Smoky Chipotle Meatless Chicken (available at Target)

Tofurky

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Chick’n Pot Pie and BBQ Chick’n Pockets (available now) and Lightly Seasoned, BBQ Style, Sesame Garlic, Tandoori, and Thai Basil Chick’n (coming soon to national markets!)

Trader Joe’s 

trader-joes-chickenChicken-less Strips, Crispy Tenders, and Mandarin Orange Morsels

Chickens are highly intelligent, sensitive animals with unique personalities and feelings, just like the dogs and cats we share our homes with. Try one of these vegan chicken options next time you’re at the grocery store.

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For more great meatless options, check out our fave vegan bacons

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