Seitan is a necessity for anyone learning about plant-based cooking and this recipe will show you how to make your seitan feel and taste just like chicken. The seitan is simmered in broth to get a slightly softer texture than you’d get from baking or steaming it. This is the perfect building block for a myriad of tasty meals.
Chicken-Style Seitan [Vegan]
For the Dry Ingredients:
- 7 ounces vital wheat gluten
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons mixed Italian herbs
- 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
For the Wet Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup vegetable broth
For the Broth:
- 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients so they are evenly distributed.
- Whisk the wet ingredients together and add them to the dry ingredients.
- Stir the mixture well until you have a big, sticky ball.
- Remove the seitan from the bowl to chopping board and knead it for about a minute. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.
- Bring the vegetable stock and tamari to a boil. Once boiling, lower the water to a light simmer.
- Cut the seitan into three large loaves and carefully add each to the simmering broth. Partially cover the pan and let them simmer for 45-55 minutes, turning the seitan every now and then. Make sure the pot is big enough to accommodate the seitan as it expands.
- Once cooked, drain the seitan and let it sit for around 10-15 minutes until it has slightly cooled. You can now serve the seitan or refrigerate it for use later.