You won't believe it's not chicken...

Rising demand for cruelty-free foods has resulted in supermarkets stocking an ever-growing range of 100% plant-based 'chicken'.


LAST UPDATED: 27 March 2018

More chickens are eaten than any other animal in the world, and they suffer enormously in the process of getting to dinner plates. Australians alone consume, on average, 45 kilograms of chicken meat a year. (That's about the weight of a primary school kid!) Some 600 million chickens are slaughtered to keep up with this demand — a shocking number by any standards.

If you're one of the 1-in-3 Aussies who are putting the chicken before the nugget by actively reducing — or eliminating — meat in your diet, we've got great news. Being kind to chooks doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods! Everything on this list is easy to cook. Easy to find. And, best of all, 100% chook-friendly.

After-school snacks & 15 minute meals
PHOTO: Kid-friendly Gardein tacos from Hello Glow.

Crispy, crunchy, golden goodness. The only argument here is over whether to have these nuggets and tenders with tomato sauce, salsa or sweet chilli. (The jury is still out on BBQ sauce.)

Available at Woolworths and some IGA's.Available at specialty and health-food shops. Online at the The Cruelty Free Shop and Plant Based Foods.Available in Coles supermarkets.
Fry Family Foods Nuggets

BBQ heaven
PHOTO: Gardein chick'n sliders from Veganopoulous.

From artisanal Chick'n & Apple sausages (delicious with a tall glass of cider on a sunny afternoon) — to crispy burgers that are great on the BBQ for a lazy weekend with friends. Or try some classic herby chicken-style bangers that go a treat with mash and peas.

Available at Woolworths. Available at major supermarkets, including Coles and IGA's.Available at Woolworths.
Tofurky sausages and hot dogs

Old school parmas & fancy fillets
PHOTO: Gardein chick'n scallopini from Gardein's Instagram.

Whether your idea of heaven involves a schnitty and a glass of something cold and bubbly, or an elegant French-inspired supper with capers and chianti, these poultry-friendly mains should definitely make an appearance on your menu. We could tell you they're loaded with protein, B12, iron and omega 3 essential fatty acids — but all you really need to know is that they're great either in a bun with mayo and shredded lettuce, or smeared with a herby tomato sauce and topped with grated dairy-free cheese (try BioCheese!) for a classic — and cruelty-free — parma.

Available at major supermarkets, including Coles and Woolworths. Available at major supermarkets, including Coles and Woolworths. Available at major supermarkets, including Coles and Woolworths.
Fry Family Foods schnitzels

Sandwiches & salads
PHOTO: Gardein crispy chick'n tenders from Mandy Ashcraft. Use BioCheese cheddar slices to make this sammie kind to calves AND chickens!

Making school lunches (or fancy sammies to impress your friends) is a breeze with chicken-friendly cold-cuts and crispy tenders that come in a range of seasonings. Try hickory deli slices to add a smokey touch to pasta salads.

Available at Woolworths, specialty stores, and online at The Cruelty Free Shop.Available at IGA's, check Plant Based Foods for stockists.
Tofurky deli slices and chick'n pieces

TIP: Chicken-style strips aren't just for stir-frys. Think outside the box by whipping up a curried chick'n sandwich! Simply cook, mix with egg-free mayo, a pinch of curry powder, chopped celery, herbs, salt and pepper to taste, then spoon into lettuce cups or wraps.

Sizzling stir-frys & suppers
PHOTO: Sweet and sour crispy mock chicken stir-fry from Olives for Dinner.

Fry Family Foods tender, protein and iron-rich bites are perfect for stir-frys, wraps and threading onto skewers to pop on the barbie. Or try mock chicken pan-fried, then stuffed into fluffy Turkish bread, with fresh salad and a drizzle of creamy, easy peasy homestyle tzatziki.

Available at Woolworths, and IGA's.Available at supermarkets that specialise in Asian groceries.Available at IGA's, specialty stores and online at Plant Based Foods.
Fry Family Foods Stir Fry Strips

Let's go shopping

While major supermarkets like Coles, Woolworths and IGA's are starting to branch out with the chick-friendly foods, don't forget that smaller stores that specialise in Asian groceries can be a wonderland of chook-free options. Often inexpensive, it's worth sampling a few different brands to find the seasonings that suit you.

Plant Based Foods is a one-stop shop to find Gardein and Tofurky stockists. But if you prefer to shop online check out The Cruelty-free Shop, who can deliver right to your door.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There's a whole lot more available out there that'll have you singing 'I don't feel like chicken tonight' — or any night! So if you'd like some inspiration, chook-friendly cooking tips and meal ideas, you can order a FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit here:

Order your FREE vegetarian starter kit!

Because chickens are awesome!


Header image for Vegan Asian 'Chicken' Salad kindly supplied by Arman at The Big Man's World.

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