4 Vegan Fried Chicken Recipes (2024)

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This was my first time making seitan. Then I deep fried it!!!! Hands down the most filling meals I’ve had in I don’t know how long. I’m talking filling on another plane of existences. No matter how much protein in a meal, how large my bowl ofcooked veggies or any other meal that I can think of compares to this.


The macros to gluten flour are pretty close to chicken breast. There’s a tiny amount of carbs but for real. 120 calories of wheat gluten has 23 gram of protein. SAY WHAT?! 4 grams carbs & zero fat (before we fried it). The macros alone pretty much have me sold.

High f*cking vegan protein. This isn’t like the exaggerated vegan protein lists that float around the internet. This is for real.

#1: taste the flour mixture before rolling your seitan in it. Since the flour will become the breading you’ll want to make sure it’s salty and seasoned to your liking. Just dab your finger in the flour mixture & taste it. You’ll notice right away if it’s bland or flavorful.
#2 For the most part making seitan is simply mixing equal parts spiced gluten flour to liquid (then bake or boil it). Now I’ve seen it recommended to use slightly less liquid for firmer texture.

Let me know if you have any seitan making tips. Definitely seems like an art.

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Vegan Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
I kept adding spices but I could not taste the heat. Maybe someone more sensitive to heat would have. I should have added cayenne but didn’t. My brain insisted but I resisted. This was an EPIC sandwich. And the hot sauce vegan mayo was addicting. I kept saying that I didn’t need to eat all of the bread but once it soaked up the sauce I couldn’t let go.

Also the fact that it was one single patty makes is an ultra streamlined process. This was so much faster than rolling and dipping a bunch of small nuggets.

This recipe makes one huge vegan chicken patty. Here’s a great recipe from EdgyVeg that inspired this.

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6 TB gluten flour (64 grams),1/2 ts onion powder, 1/4 ts poultry herbs, 1/4 ts salt, 1 TB tahini, 1 TB hot sauce, 3 TB vegan chicken broth, water, vegan eggs, hot sauce,6 TBflour with 1/8 ts garlic powder, 1/4 onion powder, 1 ts paprika, salt and chipotle powder or cayenne, oil for frying + vegan spicy sauce (mix hot sauce with vegan mayo)

  1. Mix: 6 TB gluten flour (64 grams), 1/2 ts onion powder, 1/4 ts poultry herbs, 1/4 ts salt
  2. Mix in different bowl: 1 TB tahini, 1 TB hot sauce, 3 TB vegan chicken broth
  3. Combine line 1 & 2 to make your veggie patty dough. Knead dough for a minute.
  4. Boil veggie patty covered in water or broth for about an hour. Then set aside to cool and press with a paper towel to remove excess water.
  5. Make vegan egg: 1.5 TB vegan egg powder (I used follow your heart) with about 1/2 cup cold water. Add water slowly, you may not need it all or you may need extra. Add enough cold water til it’s a thick batter. Add hot sauce to thin it out and maybe some more cold water. I thought it was easier to use when on the thinner side.
  6. Make flour mixture for breading: 6 TBflour with 1/8 ts garlic powder, 1/4 onion powder, 1 ts paprika, salt and chipotle powder or cayenne. Mix and taste. Add more flavors or salt if needed.
  7. Coat gluten patty with flour mixture then dip in vegan egg mixture. Allow excess to drip off then put back in the flour mixture.
  8. Fry patty: heat oil to high/med-high heat and fry to golden brown & crispy. ENJOY

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Vegan Buffalo Wings
I love hot sauce so by extension buffalo sauce is legit. While these were amazing I would dip these in buffalo sauce next time instead of coating them. Yeah that’s nerdy but I’d rather have super crispy breading than semi soggy. The amount of salt in that sauce is freaking addicting.

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Vegan General Tso’s Chicken
So I made a vegan Kung Pao sauce that I am 100% obsessed with. I’m in love with it to the point where I really wish I could buy a bottle that tastesexactly like mine. Dude, I’m really too lazy to make it every time I crave it. I tried buying some at the store but they had stupid amounts of sodium in them. Pet peeve: having an unquenchable thirst that keeps me up at night.

I bought this general tso’s sauce at aldi’s on a whim. The label showed the salt was totally humble and the ingredients showed all the flavors I love together. Sadly the sauce wasn’t up to my high horse standards. Long story short I gave this bowl of asian chick’n to Mark and dipped my half of plan fried nuggets in BBQ sauce. It was soooooooooooooo good. I really wanted to use orange sauce but didn’t get to the store in time. Mark liked the general Tso’s chick’n better than the vegan buffalo wings.

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The recipe I used to makes a massive portion of seitan.Half was turned into nuggets and the other half turned in “wings”. Essentially this recipe made 2 portions of wings and 2 portions of Asian nuggets. Really a ton of food. Feel free to cut the recipe in half or follow the general measurements below for the Vegan Chick’n Parmesan recipe if you just want to make a single portion.


1.5 cups gluten flour (not packed, 180 grams), 2 ts onion powder, sprinkle garlic powder, 1 ts poultry herbs, 1 ts salt, 3 TB tahini, vegan chick’n broth (or water), 6 TB vegan egg powder (46 grams), 1.5 cups cold water (or more) for egg powder, 2 cups flour, 1 ts cornstarch, 1/2 ts garlic powder, 1/2 ts onion powder, 1 ts salt, 4 TB buffalo sauce, 4 TB Asian sauce (and/or any other sauce)

  1. Mix:1.5 cups gluten flour (not packed, 180 grams), 2 ts onion powder, sprinkle garlic powder, 1 ts poultry herbs, 1 ts salt in a bowl
  2. Add 3 TB tahini to a measuring cup. On top of the tahini add veggie broth or water til it reaches the 1.25 cup mark. Mix together.
  3. Add liquid for line 2 to dry ingredients on line 1. Add more water to your dough if it feels to stiff. Knead dough for a minute.
  4. Divide dough in half. Pull one half into small balls and the other half into wing shapes. These will double in size so make them small!
  5. Cover with water or broth. Boil for an hour. Once cooked lay them on a paper towel lined cookie sheet to cool.
  6. Make vegan eggs as directed. Make sure the egg batter is on the thinner side so maybe a little extra water.
  7. Make flour mixture: Mix 2cups flour, 1 ts cornstarch, 1/2 ts garlic powder, 1/2 ts onion powder and 1 ts salt in a bowl.
  8. Dip nuggets and wings into flour then vegan egg batter then back into flour. Fry on high/med-high until golden brown. Fry in small batches.
  9. Once cooked mix each piece with desired sauce. ENJOY

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Vegan Chicken Parmesan
I was almost sad that I only made one portion of this. So good! As you’ll see this is pretty much the same recipe as repeated above but with way less work. Ah, I’m ready for more.

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6 TB gluten flour, 1/2 ts onion powder, 1/4 ts poultry herbs, 1/4 ts salt, 1 TB tahini, 5 TB vegan chick’n broth or water, 1 vegan egg, 6 TB flour, 1/4 onion powder, 1/4 garlic powder, 1/4 salt, pasta, pasta sauce, vegan cheese (I used daiya), 1 brazil nut (for “parmesan”)

  1. Mix:6 TB gluten flour, 1/2 ts onion powder, 1/4 ts poultry herbs, 1/4 ts salt
  2. Mix in a different bowl:1 TB tahini, 5 TB vegan chick’n broth or water
  3. Combined line 1 & 2 til you have seitan dough. Knead dough for a minute.
  4. Cover with water or broth. Boil for an hour. Once done use a paper towel to press some extra water out of the patty. Set aside to cool.
  5. Make vegan egg as directed. Use a little extra water to make egg batter on the thinner side.
  6. Make flour mixture: 6 TB flour, 1/4 onion powder, 1/4 garlic powder, 1/4 salt
  7. Dip seitan patty into flour then vegan egg batter then flour again. Fry on high/med-high heat til golden brown.
  8. Serve with pasta, sauce and vegan cheese. I melted my daiya slice in the oven on the broil setting. Grate brazil nut finely for the parmesan. ENJOY

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What is vegan fried chicken made of? ›

The meaty and flavor packed vegan 'chicken' is made from seitan, battered in an irresistibly crispy batter and fried to crispy perfection.

What is the best vegan alternative to chicken? ›

Vegan Chicken: Delicious vegetarian and vegan-friendly chicken substitutes
  • Tofu. Tofu is one of the most well-known and versatile vegan and vegetarian-friendly foods out there. ...
  • Soy curls. ...
  • Jackfruit. ...
  • Potato. ...
  • Seitan. ...
  • Tempeh. ...
  • Cauliflower.
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What makes fried chicken not crispy? ›

If your oil temp is too high, your fried chicken will be scorched on the outside with meat that is undercooked. If the oil is too cool, your chicken will be greasy and will lack the golden-brown crispy exterior you want.

Is it better to use egg or milk for fried chicken? ›

Some recipes call for dipping the chicken in egg before coating with flour while others call for milk (or butter milk). Egg provides a lot more protein and will produce a thicker, more stable crust. Milk is obviously much thinner, contains much more water, and won't cling to the meat as much.

Is KFC actually vegan? ›

WHAT OTHER KFC FOODS ARE SUITABLE FOR VEGANS? Our beans and corn are vegan-friendly and can be added to your Original Recipe Vegan Burger & Drink order for just 50p. Click here for a full list of vegan-friendly foods available at KFC. Our kiosks also have symbols to indicate vegan menu items and ingredients.

What makes vegan chicken taste like chicken? ›

Vegan chicken matches up the taste of real chicken because of the substitutes used in preparing it without many health and environmental risks compared to traditional chicken. Some substitutes used to prepare vegan chicken include; Soy protein, vital wheat gluten, textured vegetable protein, and pea protein.

What plant tastes like chicken? ›

One plant that is often said to resemble the taste and texture of meat, especially when cooked, is the jackfruit. When cooked, the ripe jackfruit has a stringy and fibrous texture that can be similar to pulled pork or chicken.

What tastes like chicken but isn't chicken? ›

Pheasant, ptarmigan, capercaillie, bustard, turkey, and most other medium to large ground birds, taste a lot like chicken.

What do vegans use instead of eggs? ›

What are the best egg substitutions?
  • Aquafaba. That's right, you can make an impressive egg white substitute using the water from a drained can of chickpeas. ...
  • Ground flax seeds. ...
  • Apple purée. ...
  • Yogurt (regular or dairy-free) ...
  • Mashed banana. ...
  • Silken tofu. ...
  • Chia seeds. ...
  • Coconut oil.

What is the secret to good fried chicken? ›

The secret to succulent fried chicken starts with a marinade or brine, which keeps the chicken at its peak juiciness. Fried chicken traditionalists generally choose a buttermilk marinade while others swear by a brine, which is a mixture of sugar, salt and sometimes spices dissolved into water.

Why does my fried chicken taste like nothing? ›

Unseasoned chicken simply doesn't taste good. It's full of unrealized potential, and we never want that. Make sure you're brining the chicken for at least an hour or two (see above) and seasoning the flour dredge with salt, pepper and whatever spices your heart desires.

Why does the breading always fall off my fried chicken? ›

Meat is not properly dry

Most home cooks often struggle with getting the breading part right because they do not let their meat dry properly. If the meat is wet, it will make the flour soggy. In that case, breading will not stick properly and may fall off when deep frying.

Why do people soak chicken in milk before frying? ›

The milk acts as a tenderizer, so if you can let the chicken soak in the buttermilk overnight, the crumbs will adhere well to the chicken and it will come out tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Why do chefs soak chicken in milk? ›

Tenderness: The lactic acid in milk helps to break down the proteins in the chicken, resulting in a tender and moist texture. Flavor Infusion: Milk can act as a carrier for other flavors, such as herbs and spices, allowing them to penetrate the chicken and create a delicious taste profile.

How do you get flour to stick to chicken without eggs? ›

Editor: One option is just dipping the fish or chicken breast in melted butter before rolling it in the spices or coating, like we did in this Blackened Chicken recipe. You could also try milk or yogurt. For heavier coatings (like panko or breadcrumbs), you might dust the fish with flour first.

What are vegan meats made out of? ›

The plant-based burgers and sausages found on supermarket shelves are made by extracting the protein from plant foods, often pea, soy, wheat protein, and mushrooms. But a myriad of additives are needed to make these products look and taste like traditional meat.

Is vegan chicken actually vegan? ›

What is vegan chicken? As the name implies, there are no real chickens involved in the making of vegan chicken. Instead, brands use a number of different plant-based ingredients, like soy, pea protein, and even jackfruit, to recreate the same taste and texture as the real thing.

What does KFC vegan chicken taste like? ›

Zack and I came to the same consensus: The plant-based nuggets taste scarily similar to your average fast food chicken nuggets. In fact, the flavor of the Beyond Chicken nugget is almost identical to a real chicken nugget, as was the signature KFC breading. However, the texture is similar — but slightly off.

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