Fried chicken is a dish that many love, but what to do when you don’t want to eat chicken? Don’t you worry, we’ve got all the options for you to try as a plant-based alternative that will get you all the delicious flavor and texture of the classic dish, but without any of the actual bird in your meal! Find these fried chicken recipes on our Food Monster App and get frying!

1. Chicken-Fried Tofu With Orange-Scented Sweet Potatoes

Vegan Chicken-Fried Tofu With Orange-Scented Sweet Potatoes

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Did you know you can make tofu taste like fried chicken, and it only takes thirty minutes? What a time to be alive! If you’ve never been a fan of tofu—this Chicken-Fried Tofu With Orange-Scented Sweet Potatoes from 30-Minute Vegan Dinners by Megan Sadd is the recipe that will change your mind. It’s spicy but sweet, with a crispy breading and TONS of flavor. This pairs well with steamed green beans or corn on the cob.

2. Vegan Korean Glazed Fried Chicken Tenders

Vegan Korean Glazed Fried Chicken Tenders

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The flavor in these Vegan Korean Glazed Fried Chicken Tenders from Melanie Sorrentino is scrumptious! It is so good that once you start you will want to finish the entire place and ask for seconds!

3. Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwich

Vegan Spicy Fried 'Chicken' Sandwich

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Crispy, crunchy, spicy, and reminiscent of something you would order in a fast food joint. The patty in these Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwiches from Melanie Sorrentino 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. Serve this crispy patty with your favorite greens and a creamy sauce that’s addictively spicy.

4. Fried ‘Chicken’

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This vegan Fried ‘Chicken’ from Yana Chistyakova is made with chickpeas and flour and is so delicious. Give it a go!

5. Crispy Tofu Nuggets

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These Crispy Tofu Nuggets from Attila Hildmann are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite and beat the fast food variety any day. 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. It also goes great with your morning tofu scramble!

6. Vegan Fried Chicken Tenders

Vegan Fried Chicken Tenders

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These Vegan Fried Chicken Tenders from Melanie Sorrentino are fried gloriousness! They are simple to make and the perfect snack for kids, adults, really anyone!

7. Jackfruit Fried Chicken

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The stringy texture of young jackfruit lends itself perfectly for emulating pulled pork or chicken recipes. In this Jackfruit Fried Chicken from Sarah Pether, 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.

8. Southern-Fried Tofu With Maple Dill Sauce

Vegan Southern-Fried Tofu With Maple Dill Sauce

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These tofu strips can turn any tofu hater into a tofu lover. They are crunchy and indulgent are made even more tasty when dipped generously into the maple dill sauce. Boring, bland tofu no more with this Southern-Fried Tofu With Maple Dill Sauce from Marieke Gruwel!

9. Chicken and Waffles

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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 is full of tasty surprises. With such beautiful presentation, this Chicken and Waffles recipe from Gabrielle St. Claire is a must at your next weekend brunch. Don’t forget the maple syrup!

10. Crispy Seitan Fingers

Vegan Crispy Seitan Fingers

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These Crispy Seitan Fingers from Casey Muir Taylor are so versatile and hit all the right notes – they’re crunchy, savory, juicy, and mega flavorful. They would make an amazing appetizer, finger food, filling for a sandwich, or topping for a salad. Kids will especially love them!

Need more chicken recipes? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Vegan ‘Chicken’ and our Chicken Archives! Don’t forget to check out our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day.

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