A plate of Beyond Meat vegan chicken tenders with fries and mayo.
Beyond Meat just launched its new vegan chicken tenders at 400 U.S. restaurants nationwide. | Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat Rolls Out Vegan Chicken Tenders to Nearly 400 Restaurants

Beyond Meat just launched vegan chicken tenders to nearly 400 U.S. restaurants nationwide.

This is not a drill: Beyond Meat just launched chicken tenders. And we are itching to try them.

According to the California-based food tech company, its new Beyond Chicken Tenders look, cook, and taste just like traditional chicken tenders. The meatless tenders combine a variety of plant-based ingredients, including faba beans and peas.

Featuring a crispy breading and 14 grams of protein per serving, they are also made without GMOs, antibiotics, hormones, and contain zero cholesterol.

“We’re innovating the poultry market with the new Beyond Chicken Tenders—the result of our tireless pursuit for excellence and growth at Beyond Meat,” said Dariush Ajami, Chief Innovation Officer, Beyond Meat. 

“As with all our products, Beyond Chicken Tenders offer delicious taste and an exceptional culinary experience, along with strong nutritional benefits,” Ajami added.

Those eager to get their hands on the plant-based tenders are in luck. Beyond Meat will launch them in nearly 400 restaurants nationwide, including Next Level Burger/Next Level Clucker, Dog Haus, and Detroit Wing Company. To locate a restaurant serving Beyond Chicken Tenders near you, click here.

Beyond Meat's vegan chicken tenders in burger buns with pickles, salad, and wing sauce, featuring a Beyond flag and a grey background.
The company has been producing vegan chicken since the launch of its first product back in 2012. | Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat Chicken Tenders

The plant-based tenders are Beyond Meat’s latest meaty creation. But they’re certainly not the brand’s first foray into chicken.

Beyond Chicken Strips were the company’s first product, released back in 2012. However, Beyond Meat discontinued the frozen strips in early 2019 due to a lackluster consumer response. This certainly didn’t hurt business, though. It’s beef-like Beyond Burger was a success, and in May 2019, Beyond Meat became the first vegan meat company to IPO. Its stock prices soared 163 percent on its first day of trading.

In November 2020, the brand began testing minced vegan pork in restaurants across Shanghai, China. Beyond Meat created the vegan meat specifically for the Chinese market, as animal-derived pork is the most popular meat in the country.

In April of this year, the company further expanded its meat-free range. It released another vegan beef burger, which contains vitamin B12 similar to conventional meat. An “even-meatier, even-juicier” version of the Beyond Burger, the new patties contain 35 percent less total fat and 35 percent less saturated fat. 

They also contain fewer calories than conventional 80/20 beef burgers and feature B vitamins and minerals “comparable to the micronutrient profile of beef.” 

“Innovation is at the heart of Beyond Meat,” Ajami continued. “And Beyond Chicken Tenders are the latest example of our mission to create groundbreaking, tasty options that are better for people and for our planet.”