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    • Lots of chicken alternatives promise the taste, smell and texture of the real thing. I’ve tried many vegan options over the last few months, but they all failed to impress. Tofurky Slow Roasted Chick’n comes close, though. It has a light and salty taste, chewy texture and a hint of smoky flavor. For a plant-based, vegan triathlete like me, it’s perfect. Here it is in a salad I made this afternoon:

    • The packaging is plastered with marketing terms to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters: vegan, plant-based, non-GMO and Kosher. It’s not gluten-free though. I discovered this Tofurky Chick’n in a local Whole Foods and since then randomly stumbled upon it in other grocery stores. 

    • 575 calories and 57 grams of protein for an entire package is a massive protein bomb. I don’t like to eat too much of it, so I usually just have a single serving at a time. It also packs a ton of Sodium - 1,350 milligrams per package to be precise. 

    • Inside the package is a sealed chunk of Chick’n. It looks marginally more appealing than raw chicken, but it is already fully cooked and ready to eat cold or hot.

    • Not trying to be a smart arse, serious question, if you are vegan why try find food that resembles animal product?

      Are you vegan for animal welfare reasons or purely health reasons?

      Either way it seems odd to me, to try find a vegetable based animal like products, when there are so many wonderful cereals, fruits, nuts and vegetables.

    • That was my initial thought as well. My diet is vegetarian, and items resembling meat do not find their way into my food.

    • I'd be curious how it holds up to certain marinades. For instance, one of my favorite recipes is Larb, but it is basically 90% lime juice, so I wonder how the Tofurky Chick'n texture would fare? Would it be Chick'n Ceviche?

    • That’s a fair question.

      Speaking for myself, I leave meat out of my diet primarily for health reasons, but also because I think mass farming of animals is bad for everyone.

      We eat tofu, soy milk, and the occasional vegan sausage, and the remainder is pretty much whole plants. I spent 10 years pretty much ignoring meat substitutes, but it turns out I miss meat sometimes! I ate it for 25 years, after all. I now make a great “meaty” marinara sauce made entirely of vegetables and walnuts:

      It’s a nice change of pace. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • I'm with you mostly on this but a lot of our diet is based around meat as protein and it's not always easy to substitute.

      Sometimes you just want a chicken dish or chicken nugget. Those are our comfort foods.

      Also while Tofurky would have an issue with branding since they've mostly been for vegetarians meat alternatives are a growing field both for health and the environment. So there's a potential market well beyond vegetarians and vegans.

    • Wow, I never thought it had reached the stage that you needed to have it at parties to be socially accepted.

      If we have a dinner party we cater for vegetarians and meat eaters by sharing all the vegetable dishes and usually do an extra dish that can replace the meat component for the vegetarians, it's usually a mushroom or egg plant component. Or do a total vegetarian meal , usually a pasta dish or a vegetable curry.

      I have a few vegetarian and vegan friends none of them have ever served a meat substitute meal when they host a meal.

      Time to try it.

    • Excellent question, Russ!

      Although I do care a lot about animals and their welfare, the primary reason I became vegan is because of health and athletic performance benefits.

      I do have an ulterior motive for keeping a couple of packs of Chick’n in my fridge:

      My Triathlete friends give me crap for not eating meat and not having enough protein. Instead of giving them all of the health benefits and talking about saving the planet, I just have them try a bite of “alternatives” like this Chick’n. They won’t go out of their way to buy an entire pack just to try it. But once offered a sample, many of them admit that it is pretty damn good and the wheels start turning in the right direction. 😂

    • Maybe living near SF and @Victoria living in New York gives me a warped perspective, but in our cities going animal free is definitely becoming cool.

      Maybe it will become one of those things where it starts with a stigma associated with it, like a lot of things, and then becomes accepted.

    • We are also seeing big growth in vegetarianism mainly in the big cities.

      Unfortunately there is also a growing militant side to the animal rights movement in Oz, there is currently legislation before our parliament to improve protection for farmers against protesters.

      There is legislation in place that is broad based, but the current government want a new bill to specifically cover farmers, abattoirs and sales yards, under the guise that activists could cause a biosecurity risk and to protect farmers privacy and security.

      Seems like the government are trying to protect business interests, over animal welfare.

    • We currently have ag gag laws in 7 states in the U.S., meaning you cannot take photos or videos or speak badly about agriculture. When Oprah said on her show ''It has just stopped me cold from eating another burger! I'm stopped!'' (in reference to mad cow disease) she got sued in Texas for defamation. When they lost that case, they just sued her in another state. This in a freedom of speech country.

      What gets me is I was once a geophysicist working on water testing and saw what animal waste does to our groundwater and bays. That's another thing that makes me all for oat milk and whatever it takes for people to eat something besides animals.

    • Ag gag laws that's crazy, the current government in Australia is a coalition a part of which is the National party which is predominantly a rural and farmers, conservative party.

      We see more laws creeping into Australia to overly protect the farmers.

      I'm not a vegetarian but some of our farming practises are atrocious, I find myself eating more fish and vegetables these days, but I still have a weakness for a good steak.🤭

    • In the US, traditional industries usually have the money so they can buy representation. How this plays out is oil and coal have vast resources so they can buy the government until wind and solar become big, slowing the adoption of new things.

      Animal agriculture generates much more profit than plant agriculture, so they get to elect representation and buy the ads that make us think our children need milk.

    • Is this an ad? I just joined the site, and it really feels like an ad, rather than an organic discussion about plant based meat products. Are the advertisements vs. real posts differentiated in some way?

    • HI Taita, welcome to Cake! 🎂

      We don't run any sponsored posts or ads at the moment and probably won't for a long time. But we do get subtle spam from time to time and have the same tough job as sites like Reddit and Instagram, trying to determine who has an agenda to promote a company's product.

      In this case, I know @VilTri and know he likes this fake chicken stuff, so it's legit. He's pretty picky about stuff he likes but when he likes something, he really likes it.

      Btw, here's what a New Zealander thinks about their fast food fake chicken, No Chook:

    • The reason I decided to write up and take pictures of Tofurky is because a lot of my non-vegan friends don’t know about this alternative and I’d like them to try it.

      Sorry to confuse you! I didn’t mean it to look like an ad, I’m not sponsored by them nor have any desire to promote something that I don’t actually like to eat.

    • This article made me think a little harder about the Greenhoues effect of our food!!

      If we are deforesting to grow meat substitutes maybe it's not as good as it seems, but if we are using land that was already deforested for cattle production it seems like a win to me, or would it be better to reforest that land.🤔