On July 6th, people all across the United States celebrate a favorite classic comfort food, fried chicken, on #NationalFriedChickenDay. Traditionally, fried chicken can be deep-fried, pan-fried, pressure-fried, or even oven-fried. The important thing is that the breading becomes a crispy coating.
The good news is that we don’t need chickens to make our favorite chicken dishes — even fried chicken! Pretty much, any dish you loved with chicken, you can make it with plant-based ingredients and it will still taste like chicken. It’s all about getting the right texture and flavors, which has everything to do with the herbs, spices, and cooking method.
We have lots of vegan chicken recipes! Try out your favorites in Celebrate National Buffalo Wing Day – No Wings Required! Eat These 14 Amazing Dishes Instead and Screw National Poultry Day! These 25 Badass Recipes Don’t Need No Chickens in Them. Then, get ready to enjoy all the vegan fried chicken you can handle with these 20 amazing vegan recipes that taste like chicken.
Crispy fried “chicken” on top of a fluffy stack of waffles. What could be better?! Whether it’s the hot sauce baked into the tofu chicken, the sprinkle of rosemary, or the truffle oil in the waffles, this dish of ‘Chicken’ and Waffles is full of tasty surprises. With such beautiful presentation, this is a must at your next weekend brunch. Don’t forget the maple syrup!
You don’t have to use the oven to make fried chicken healthier; make this Jackfruit Fried ‘Chicken’ instead. The stringy texture of young jackfruit lends itself perfectly for emulating chicken recipes. In this one, jackfruit is marinated in a creamy soy milk marinade, battered in zesty breadcrumbs, and fried to perfection. Enjoy these with your favorite vegan mayonnaise or ranch dip.
In this Fried ‘Chicken’, texturized vegetable protein slices stand in the for the chicken. The slices are wrapped in rice paper wrappers, which make an awesome crispy skin. These are weirdly and amazingly awesome. Anyone who is or was a fan of fried chicken will love this dish.
If you liked those fast-food chicken burgers, you’ll love these Chicken-less Burgers. Made with chickpeas and vital wheat gluten, these are simple to make. Poultry seasoning (which is vegan) gives the burgers the familiar flavors you know and love. Stack these with lettuce, tomatoes, vegan mayonnaise, and vegan bacon for the ultimate “chicken” burger.
Who needs chicken cutlets when you can have these Crispy Breaded Chickpea Cutlets in a Savory Mushroom Gravy? These chickpea cutlets are coated with a gluten-free breading, then baked until crispy. Then they are served with a savory, homemade mushroom gravy. Chickpeas have the perfect flavor and texture for this meal that’s sure to win over anybody. Serve this alongside some fresh greens, or any vegetable of your choosing.
If you need a delicious replacement for chicken in your recipes, then look no further than these vegan Chick’n Style Seitan Cutlets. They have a substantial texture and the subtle, salty flavor that is reminiscent of the real thing. Baked until crispy, these are just waiting to be served with mashed potatoes and gravy for a comforting dinner.
These Vegetable Cutlets are made from potatoes and mixed vegetables. They’re flavored with curry spices, then mashed, breaded, and fried until crispy. Both the cutlets and the accompanying chutney are easy enough to make on a weeknight. They can be served on buns with greens and onion as sliders with fries, or enjoyed with vegetables on the side.
“World’s greatest sandwich” isn’t a term anybody should throw around lightly and these Crispy ‘Chicken’ Sweet Potato Sandwiches are worthy of the title. They look like fast food patties on the outside, but on the inside, they’re soft and tender. Made from rice and sweet potato and coated in herbed breadcrumbs, then fried until crispy, they’ll satisfy all your crunchy sandwich cravings.
If you love the taste of meaty cutlets, you’ll go crazy for these Breaded Jackfruit Cutlets. Young, tender jackfruit is steamed and then shredded for texture, and then combined with potatoes and shaped into patties. They’re breaded and fried, so they’re crispy on the outside with a soft, but meaty texture on the inside. Serve these crispy cutlets on buns with lettuce, tomato, and onions like you would with patties, or serve them on their own with a side of vegetables.
This ‘Chicken-Fried’ Seitan Steak With Buffalo Vinaigrette is like having Buffalo wings and fried chicken in one awesome dish. It’s served over carrot and celery salad that’s tossed with Buffalo sauce vinaigrette for a delicious, indulgent meal.
These Crispy Tofu Nuggets are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite. Not only that, they’re something you can feel good feeding to your kids. If you don’t want to deep-fry them, you can also fry them in a skillet, until golden brown. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish.
All that’s between you and these Crispy Turmeric Tofu Nuggets are a few ingredients! When you need to make a dish that’s guaranteed to please everyone, go for these crispy delights. These are great served on a bed of lettuce, or with a few simple sides and some dipping sauce.
This unusual take on a popular Italian dish will be your new favorite comfort food dish. This Cauliflower Parmesan has all of the flavors of the original without all the dairy. Perfect for guests or for when you want to treat yourself to something special, this is a healthier way to bring an Italian favorite to the table.
This Buffalo Cauliflower is spicy, but it also has a nice, sweet note, so it’s not all about the heat — especially when you pair it with the cool, creamy ranch dip. The cauliflower florets are soft, but crispy on the outside, and so tasty you’ll want to eat an entire tray by yourself. These would be the perfect appetizer at a barbecue, game day, or any day.
These oven-fried Crispy Cauliflower Nuggets are guaranteed to be the star of your dinner night, parties … everything! The secret is to cook flour-covered cauliflower slowly in coconut oil. The slow oven baking helps to crisp up the outside without having undercooked cauliflower.
These ‘Chicken’ Tofu Strips and Waffles are crispy, crunchy, and better than the real thing! These breaded tofu strips are warm and textured, flavorful thanks to basil and thyme, and very dip-able, just like your typical chicken strip.
This Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwich has a lot going for it. The patty in these spicy fried “chicken” sandwiches is made from vital wheat gluten that has been cooked in vegan chicken broth, then dredged and fried in a spicy batter until crisp and golden.
This Beer Battered Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms is so meaty and delicious! These beer battered mushrooms are filling and full of subtle flavor. Customize the recipe with whatever spices you like!
These High-Protein Tofu ‘Chicken’ Fillets With Mushroom Gravy and Mashed Sweet Potato are perfect as a healthy comfort food meal! They’re soft on the inside and a bit crispy, outside, and the mushroom gravy works so well with it.
These ‘Chicken’ and Waffles With Spicy Maple Syrup are the ideal brunch! The cutlets are made from a combination of chickpeas and vital wheat gluten, which gives it a satisfying, meaty texture.
See? There’s no need for us to use chickens to make chicken dishes when we can use plant-based ingredients instead. Step into the future and make all of your favorite chicken dishes without the chicken!
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