Plant-based chicken alternatives

A powerful way you can help chickens is to keep them off your plate. 

The number of plant-based/vegan chicken alternative products is growing rapidly, so the list below is not necessarily all that is available here in Aotearoa. From ingredients to fully prepared meals, there is something for everyone.

While some vegetarians and vegans prefer to avoid products that replace meat, because it reminds them of eating animals, others enjoy delicious plant-based alternatives because of their ease of use, texture and taste.

Try them out to see which ones you enjoy most.


Ingredients

Sunfed chicken-free chicken packaging

Sunfed is a New Zealand based company. The product is made of pea protein. Available at these stockists.

Fry's chicken-style strips packaging

Fry’s makes a range of soy-based chicken alternatives, as well as other plant-based products. They are available at supermarkets and many other stockists.

Gardein crispy chick'n patties packaging

Gardein makes a range of soy-based chicken alternatives. Available at these stockists.

Bird's Eye chicken style strips packaging

Bird’s Eye chicken alternatives are soy-based. Find out more about the products.

Naturli' chicken free packaging

Naturli’ is made of pea protein. Available at some Countdown supermarkets and other stockists. Find out more about the products.

Quorn nuggets packaging

Quorn is made from mycoprotein, a mushroom-like protein source. (Not all their products are vegan – some contain egg). Available at these stockists.

Let's Eat plant-based burger patties

Let’s Eat makes pea protein-based chicken alternatives. Available at these stockists.

Cheatin' chicken-style slices packaging

VBites make Cheat’n Chicken-Style Slices. These are available in-store or by mail-order at The Cruelty-Free Shop as well as these stockists.

Pams plant-based crumbed tenders packaging

Pams makes a range of soy-based chicken alternatives. Available at New World and Pak ‘n Save supermarkets.

Blissful vegan lemon chicken packaging

Blissful Foods makes a huge range of soy and wheat protein chicken alternatives. Find a list of their products here.

Plan't chick'n nuggets packaging

Plan-t is a New Zealand based company that makes soy-based chicken alternatives. Available at these stockists.


Meals

Pams plant-based butter chicken packaging

Pams makes a range of soy-based chicken alternatives. Available at New World and Pak ‘n Save supermarkets.

Mrs Green's vegan BBQ chicken pizza packaging

Mrs Green’s plant-based chicken is one of a range of vegan pizzas. They are available in supermarkets. Find out more about the products.

Berkano butter chicken style curry packaging

Berkano is a New Zealand based company that makes a range of vegan meals.  Available at these stockists.

Harmless Food Co plant-based mango 'chicken' curry packaging

Harmless Foods is a New Zealand based company that makes a range of vegan meals. Information about their products is here.


Try the 21-day vegan challenge

Four dishes of vegan food - a yellow lentil soup; a chickpea, tofu and quinoa buddha bowl; a chocolate smoothie bowl; toast slices with pesto and hummus.

Want to take the next step to living a kinder, healthier and more planet-friendly lifestyle? Our friends at the Vegan Society have put this 21-day challenge together to make it easy for you to learn about and experience plant-based eating.

Resources include a 21-day dinner menu plan that will be emailed to you daily, and a dedicated Facebook group for support and to ask questions of vegan mentors. You’ll find 21 days is the perfect length of time to allow your taste buds to change and new eating habits to form.

There are two options to choose from: The Easy Vegan Challenge and the Pacifika Vegan Challenge.

Four dishes of vegan food - a yellow lentil soup; a chickpea, tofu and quinoa buddha bowl; a chocolate smoothie bowl; toast slices with pesto and hummus.

Last updated: 8 April 2022