Vegan 'Chicken'! My vegetarian based meatless alternative to real chicken, juicy, meaty, chewy full flavoured seitan, it's super easy to make! Perfect for frying, grilling or to replace chicken in any dish! Nut free.
This seitan chicken will make you say “wow that taste remarkably like chicken” You’ll love it. It's chewy meaty, super versatile, high in protein and the texture and flavour is top notch!
What is vegan chicken made of?
This vegan chicken recipe is adapted from my vegan turkey, the patties are made of vital wheat gluten flour and tofu instead of chickpeas. and trust me any one can make this! even if you’re a beginner vegan, it’s so simple and delicious! For more information on wheat gluten and seitan see FAQ section below
You can usually find seitan at the grocery store. I like plant based lightly seasoned Tofurky Chick’n which is the brand I sometimes buy in a pinch, but I prefer my home-made seitan recipe it’s so much better and budget friendly too.
Once this mock meat is marinated you can treat it like vegan chicken fillets, grill it, sauté with garlic butter, lemon and herbs, fry it or add to stir fries, wraps, sandwiches, the list is endless!
- Vital wheat gluten four
- Extra firm tofu
- Vegan chicken stock: I use better than Bouillon no chicken soup base
- toasted sesame oil: could sub olive oil or grapeseed etc, but I recommend recipe as written
- Yellow mustard
- Nutritional yeast
- Spices: garlic and onion powder, paprika, lemon pepper, coriander, salt, believe it or not no poultry seasoning needed!
- Marinade: Simple marinade meant to enhance the ‘chicken’ flavour made with oil, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, bouillon, Worcestershire sauce
How to make vegan chicken:
- For seitan dough: Drain tofu wrap in a few layers of paper bowl squeeze out extra moisture with your hands. Break into chunks and add to food processor with rest of ingredients EXCEPT GLUTEN and process until smooth like a puree, scraping down sides with spatula a few times if needed.
- Pour the puree into a large mixing bowl, scraping out as much as possible with a spatula. Add in the vital wheat gluten. Mix by hand until just combined (it won't stick to your hands) don’t over mix
- Turn the seitan dough onto the counter. Do not kneed the dough! Press into a disc approximately 8-9 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick. Portion the chicken like you would a pie, into 6 pieces. With fingers shape into chicken breast shapes if you like. Wrap pieces individually in aluminum foil, leave a little room for expansion during steaming.
- To cook the raw seitan: Place in your steamer basket (pot) with lid and steam for 30 minutes over medium heat, flipping them halfway through.
- While the chicken is steaming make the marinade (optional): Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together until sugar is dissolved. Set aside
- When chicken pieces are done, remove from tin foil packets and place in a shallow dish like a glass pie plate or a large freezer bag. Pour the marinade evenly over the chicken. Cool to room temperature. Marinade in fridge for a minimum of one hour or longer. I usually leave mine for 3-6 hours for better flavour and texture or overnight if I have time. (Whether in marinade or not they need to firm up in fridge for best texture)
- The marinade is optional, as soon as they are steamed they are ‘cooked’ and you can treat them like raw or cooked chicken in any dish except they only need a few minutes of frying/grilling on both sides to essentially add more flavour and heat through. Whether you use this marinade or make your own I recommend basting the chicken with the marinade while cooking, adds juiciness.
- Enjoy in place of chicken in any dish! For full ingredients and instructions see recipe card below
To store and freeze:
- Vegan chicken will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days and freezes well with or without the marinade (steamed first)
Frequently asked questions:
Recipes you can add this 'chicken' to:
Once the 'chicken' is cooked use it in any one of these dishes. Just swap out the tofu or store bought seitan or add to them!
- Vegan Chicken Nuggets (Oven Baked)
- Vegan Caesar salad (add chicken)
- Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup
- Vegan Butter Chicken
- Vegan Orange Chicken
- Incredible Vegan Buffalo ‘Chicken’ Dip (Healthy)
- Vegan 'Chicken' Salad - Quick & Easy
- do not knead the dough or your mock chicken meat could turn out a little tough
- let the steamed/cooked seitan rest in the fridge for at least an hour preferably over night. It becomes firmer and the texture will improve
- the marinade is not necessary in this recipe but recommended, adds juiciness and more flavour! Feel free to use your favourite marinade instead!
This scratch made vegan chicken is:
- high in protein
- really simple to make
- wonderful meat replacer!
- kid friendly
More vegan meat recipes:
- Vegan Turkey Roast (Seitan)
- Best Vegan Ham
- Vegan Steak Recipe
- Vegan Burger (Grillable)
- Vegan Corned Beef
- Vegetarian Salsbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Enjoy everyone! Happy Day! Please feel free to comment below and give this recipe a rating. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!Print