Vegan chicken nuggets is another recipe I’ve been meaning to veganise for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of recipes out there with seitan but I wanted mine to be not just vegan but without seitan and gluten-free (if you sub the breadcrumbs for gluten-free ones). And most importantly my recipe had to be easy to make! So I started to experiment and the result of my vegan chicken or unchicken nuggets tasted absolutely amazing! The perfect vegan treat!
So I want to experiment in my kitchen and tried different recipes. I realised that when certain flavours are combined they will create a flavour very similar to chicken. In this case it was the combination of nutritional yeast, American mustard (the one you would have with hot dogs, not the English one), chickpea flour, onion and garlic powder and lemon that would do that trick.
And when you blend it the mixture will get the perfect consistency so all you need to to is form the nuggets and press them into the breadcrumbs. Super simple.
INGREDIENTS (20 nuggets):
Vegan chicken nuggets ingredients:
• 400g firm tofu
• 80g chickpea flour
• 5 tbsp nutritional yeast
• 3 tbsp American mustard
• Jjuice of 1/2 lemon
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• Cracked black pepper
• Breadcrumbs (e.g. gluten-free ones)
On the side:
• Potato salad (recipe here)
Start squeezing all the water out of 400g of firm tofu. The best thing would be to use a tofu press like the one here. This takes about 20 minutes. The more you squeeze the water out of tofu the more it will absorb flavours.
Then roughly crumble the tofu into a food processor and all all other ingredients. Blend well until you get a smooth mixture. You may need to add a TINY bit of water as well. And don’t taste the mixture, the uncooked chickpea flour tastes bitter and needs to be cooked first before it is consumed.
Then spoon out the mixture with a table spoon. And press into a bowl with breadcrumbs. Bread evenly on al sides and then fry in hot oil until golden brown (make sure the oil is hot). Place on a kitchen towel as it will absorb some of the excess oil.
The recipe is on my blog: https://www.exceedinglyvegan.com/vegan-recipes/mains/vegan-chicken-nuggets
And you can buy a tofu press here:
Tofuture tofu press – UK, US and EU only
Vegan chicken nuggets recipe