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Gluten-Free ‘Chicken’ [Vegan]

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Here's a plant-based, faux meat that's sure to be the basis for many vegan chicken recipes. From vegan chicken sandwiches to vegan chicken salad, this gluten-free meat alternative is sure to be a hit in your family.

Gluten-Free 'Chicken' [Vegan]




  • 1 “chicken” flavored bouillon cube
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup soy flour
  • ¼ cup amaranth flour
  • ¼ cup pea protein
  • 2 Tbs. arrowroot powder
  • 2 tsp. xanthan or guar gum
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbs. flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 2 Tbs. grated carrot


  1. Set up a pot of boiling water with a steamer inserted. In a small saucepan, dissolve the bouillon cube in boiling water to make “chicken” broth. In a bowl, combine the rolled oats and 1/3 cup of broth. Mix and let sit for 10 minutes or until the broth is completely absorbed. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the soy flour, amaranth flour, pea protein, arrowroot and xanthan or guar gum. Stir well to combine.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the vegetable oil, nutritional yeast, flaxseed, seasoning and 1/3 cup of broth. Mix well to combine. Add the cooked oatmeal to the wet ingredients and stir until everything is well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold in the carrots. Using a rubber spatula, mix until you have a dough. Then wet your hand and knead the dough in the bowl until it feels smooth and holds together. If the dough feels too wet or loose, add more soy or amaranth flour. If the dough feels too dry, wet your hands and knead rather than adding water to the dough. You add less water this way. When you are happy with the consistency of the dough, let it rest for 10 minutes. It should be a bit sticky and not too dry.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 sections. Shape each section into the shape you want – round or oval patties, logs, etc. – if you are making patties, make them very thin as they will expand during the steaming process. Alternatively, you could shape the entire dough into a log to make a roast. Let them sit again for 5 minutes. Wrap each piece in foil and steam them for 20 minutes. Remove the packets from the steamer, let them cool and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. When you are ready to cook them, take them out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature. Prepare them however you want.





When Rhea became vegan, there were no places in her Bronx neighborhood to eat so she had to learn to cook, mostly by watching TV cooking shows, especially Christina Pirello and Rachael Ray.  That led to the creation of The "V" Word website which focuses on vegan versions of favorite, familiar foods. Rhea has written several e-cookbooks which are available on her web site. It is Rhea's hope that she can spread the "V" Word to bring more compassion into the world and it is her dream to become the vegan Rachael Ray.



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28 comments on “Gluten-Free ‘Chicken’ [Vegan]”

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Rach Anomaly
3 Years Ago

Am I missing something? Why does it say gluten free?
Since when are oats gluten free?

11 Jan 2015

Since always: http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/do-oats-contain-gluten

4 Years Ago

I get very irritated reading these comments...if you don\'t like it, don\'t eat it, but don\'t bash vegans for what they call their food, what they use to make it, or how it makes you feel. The bouillon cube is "chicken flavored", which means it uses something like a poultry seasoning to make it. It is not made out of chicken fat or any part of the chicken, or it wouldn\'t be vegan. We are not stupid. And if you don\'t like the processed cubes, you can make your own broth will poultry seasoning and a few other ingredients (I love the one from Happy Herbivore). Ivonka, the people that use the recipe are people that don\'t want to eat animals, so therefore, they would not eat the "real stuff" as you put it. Which as someone replied, isn\'t real at all unless you butcher your own animals and know what you are feeding them. Please educate yourselves a little more about food before replying to posts where people are just sharing their ideas to help others.

Ivonka Vegann
4 Years Ago

If I wanted chicken I would be eating the real stuff not processed doppelgänger junk.

27 Aug 2014

There are some of us that stopped eating animals because we care about the animals not because we didn\'t like how meat tasted. Frankly I don\'t remember what meat tastes like but I do know that what I missed the most when I first stopped eating animals were the spices and the sauces. If you aren\'t interested in meat analogs that are basically just soy or plant bases that are seasoned how meats are commonly seasoned then why did you click on this particular recipe???

4 Years Ago

There are many people who care about animal welfare who grew up eating meat and may still enjoy the taste of it but don't want to harm animals by eating them. Eating faux meat helps some people stop eating real animals, so thank you for this recipe and recognizing that we all have different tastes and experiences (and allergies)! :)

Libby Nowicki DeCamp
4 Years Ago

Riley DeCamp

Beth Millich Vannoy
4 Years Ago

You can buy vegan "chicken" stock cubes called Not-Chick'n bouillon cubes at Whole Foods!

Nika Bio
4 Years Ago

vegan chicken :

Sara D. Wilken Sabla
4 Years Ago

Xanthax gum, soy flour....bad stuff!!!

27 Aug 2014

here is a link that shows some healthier substitutes for xanthax gum. I imagine one can easily replace soy flour with a different kind of flour as well.

27 Aug 2014


Johann Taylor
4 Years Ago

Chicken flavour stock cubes? Never heard of that...

Layla Kurinzi
19 Mar 2014

This is not Vegan if there are chicken bouillon cubes in it for flavoring. There is chicken fat in it and some brands contain other animal products. Some companies also process the bouillon cubes with machinery that may also handle eggs, milk, shrimp and fish. You have to look at the packaging to see if that is true for the brand you get. If you want this to be vegetarian/vegan, use vegetable based bouillon cubes!!

Johann Taylor
19 Mar 2014

i wouldnt use anything that is fake dead animal or tastes like it either. what is the point of being vegan if you are trying to replace the meat taste which is not nice anywyat?

27 Aug 2014

one can simply replace with any kind of bouillon cubes if you cannot find vegan chic flavored ones.

Illia Moon
4 Years Ago

If it's vegan, then why call it chicken!

27 Aug 2014

Because it is seasoned how chicken is usually seasoned so it will remind some of the real thing without the death part!

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