KFC, known for its fried chicken, is looking into the future.
The fast-food chain announced it would be working with a Russian research laboratory, 3D Printing Solutions, to develop technology for what it calls "meat of the future."
That's right - KFC will soon offer laboratory-produced chicken nuggets.
If you're worried about this, don't fear, because KFC said that the nuggets would apparently taste and look a lot like KFC's original chicken.
The press release reports that 3D Bioprinting Solutions is working on "developing additive bioprinting technology using chicken cells and plant material, allowing it to reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat," and creating an item similar to the KFC original product.
A final product is scheduled for testing in fall 2020 in Russia.
"3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognized in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat. In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible and we are hoping that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market," Yusef Khesuani, co-founder and managing partner of 3D Bioprinting Solutions said.
The restaurant has been experimenting with its meats for a while. In May, KFC joined the chicken sandwich wars and tested a new menu item.
The famous fried chicken chain has begun testing a premium chicken sandwich in Orlando, Florida. Joining the big chicken sandwich names like Chick-fil-A and Popeyes, the food chain would replace the "Crispy Colonel" sandwich with the "KFC Chicken Sandwich."
The new sandwich has a more substantial, extra crispy chicken filet on a buttered brioche bun. It'll be topped with pickles, and customers can choose from spicy or classic mayonnaise.