Vegan Fried "Chicken" Recipe with Seitan

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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: about 4 servings
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Vegan fried "chicken" made with seitan. This fried seitan "chicken" dish is deep fried, so it isn't particularly healthy, though it is cholesterol-free and it sure is mighty tasty! Deep fried seitan and a blend of spices create a dish that's really quite similar in appearance and taste to fried chicken. If you like southern fried chicken, try vegan southern fried seitan made with all the same ingredients including a spicy batter and a coat of flour to make it just the perfect amount of crispiness. Make sure you have some ketchup or mustard or something to serve alongside to dip your vegan fried chicken in. 

If you're new to cooking with seitan this is a good first recipe to try, and, along with this easy grilled seitan in barbecue sauce, it's usually the one I recommend for anyone asking advice on a good way to try seitan for the first time. Enjoy!

Scroll down for a few more vegetarian and vegan seitan recipes to try, or check out more vegan "chicken" recipes here

What You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon salt (or seasoned salt)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • Optional: 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lb. seitan (or other chicken substitute, cut into 1-2" square pieces)

How to Make It

In a medium to large bowl, mix together the salt, onion powder, garlic powder, flour, black pepper, cayenne and nutritional yeast.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mustard and water. Add 1/3 cup of the flour mixture to the mustard mixture and combine well.

Add baking powder to the flour mixture and combine well.

Coat pieces of seitan or mock chicken with the mustard batter, then coat each piece with the dry flour mixture.

Fry chunks of "chicken" in the oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet for 3-5 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel, serve with ketchup, ranch dressing, honey mustard, hot sauce or barbecue sauce (or whatever you would like for something like chicken nuggets or fried tofu) and enjoy!

Tip: If your chunks are turning brown or black rather than a crispy golden brown, your oil is probably too hot! Reduce the heat a small amount and try again.

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