You might be able to get a Chick-fil-A sandwich without the actual chicken in the future. The chain is exploring vegan and vegetarian options, according to Business Insider. 

"We're definitely aware, and I would say we're always interested in, what's happening in food," Amanda Norris, the executive director of Chick-fil-A's menu, told Business Insider. "Specifically ... a vegetarian option or a vegan option is something we're looking at, we're thinking about, and have some (research and development)."

Norris says that it takes up to two years for a new item to hit menus after the initial idea. According to Business Insider, Chick-fil-A's initiatives go through five stages: understand, imagine, prototype, validate and launch.

"We've kind of been watching it, and now we are moving more from the watch stage and getting into that understand, or really imagine stage," Norris said.

Chick-fil-A currently doesn't offer any vegan or vegetarian entrees, though sides like the Greek yogurt parfait and side salad don't have any meat. 

Norris said options could go beyond meatless salads and wraps and could ultimately include an "alternative protein" on a sandwich. 

"We're certainly wanting to broaden our thinking and really start big in that funnel and come down," she said.


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