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This Vegan Chicken is an easy and convincing plant based alternative to real chicken! This recipe is made up of 4 simple ingredients and makes the perfect addition to any savory meal. This Vegan Chicken is a favorite dish of mine to make and does especially well amongst vegans and non-vegans around the holidays!
IN THIS POST
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- How to Make Vegan Chicken
- Recipe Notes
- Serving Suggestions
- Storage Instructions
- Freezing Instructions
- Quick Tips
- Common Questions
Plant Based Chicken
If you’re looking to try out some of the best vegan chicken recipes, then this Plant Based Chicken should be at the top of your list! This is the perfect base recipe to use when making all types of plant based homemade chicken meals. I especially love tearing or cutting the cooked seitan into small pieces and making it into or adding it to vegan chicken nuggets, vegan chicken noodle soup, vegan butter chicken, and more! Feel free to add your own spices such as onion powder, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and more to customize the flavor of the seitan chicken recipe to your liking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- So easy: This plant-based chicken consists of only 4 ingredients and simple step-by-step cooking instructions.
- Realistic: The carefully selected but minimal ingredients in this plant based chicken recipe are what make this vegan option so much like the real thing!
- Delicious: This seitan recipe is juicy, savory, and meaty, making this plant based chicken the perfect vegan version of real chicken.
- Versatile: This recipe is great for adding to other recipes and customizing to your liking! I love adding this it to stir fry dishes, pasta dishes, and more.
- Extra Firm Tofu: This recipe uses extra firm tofu to create a meaty texture without making the seitan rubbery.
- Enoki Mushrooms: The enoki mushrooms in this seitan chicken are really the star of the entire recipe. The stringy, meat-like texture of the mushrooms adds to the overall taste and texture to make the seitan more realistic.
- Vital Wheat Gluten: Vital wheat gluten is essential for this recipe to create the chewy texture and hold everything together. Vital wheat gluten is not gluten-free and cannot be substituted by any other ingredient within this recipe.
- Salt: The salt in this recipe lightly seasons the seitan while still allowing it to be versatile and seasoned according to your use or preference.
How to Make Vegan Chicken
- Rinse the mushrooms, cut off the dirty ends, and shred them with a fork onto a cutting board.
- Cook the shredded mushrooms in a skillet then set aside.
- Blend the tofu, water, and salt together into a smooth paste.
- Add the vital wheat gluten and pulse until just combined.
- Add the cooked mushrooms and blend to fully incorporate.
- Remove the seitan dough from the blender or food processor and knead into a smooth loaf.
- Wrap the seitan loaf in aluminum foil and steam in a stovetop pot or pressure cooker.
- Allow the seitan to cool in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight before using.
- For this recipe, I used half of a 16 oz. package of extra firm tofu.
- 8 oz. of extra firm tofu is also equivalent to approximately 1 1/8 cup small cubed.
- You can place the aluminum foil wrapped seitan loaves in a steamer basket or directly into the pot/pressure cooker to cook.
- You can substitute the tofu with 1 1/8 cup of canned white beans or chickpeas. Make sure to drain and rinse the beans before blending.
- If you want the seitan to taste more like a traditional savory chicken recipe, then you can substitute the salt with 1 vegetable or vegan chicken bouillon cube.
Add this vegan chicken to:
- Stir fries
Make this vegan chicken into:
- Vegan nuggets
- Vegan chicken tenders
- Vegan chicken breasts or seitan cutlets
Remove the cooked seitan from the aluminum foil and allow it to cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Remove the cooked seitan from the aluminum foil and allow it to cool completely before storing in a freezer-safe resealable bag for up to 6 months in the freezer.
- I highly recommend using extra firm tofu for this recipe. I found that this provides the best results for texture.
- You can separate the seitan loaf into two loaves, if you prefer, and steam both or do one large seitan loaf. Either way, be sure to flip the aluminum wrapped loaf halfway through steaming to ensure thorough cooking throughout the seitan.
- The vegan chicken will expand while cooking so be sure to wrap the seitan loaf loosely in aluminum foil before cooking.
What is vegan chicken made of?
Most vegan meat substitute recipes or mock meats consist of some combination of vital wheat gluten, tofu, beans, and/or chickpea flour. This recipe is made using 4 ingredients: vital wheat gluten, tofu, salt, and enoki mushrooms. This recipe is unique from many other vegan chicken alternatives because the enoki mushrooms creates a much more realistic flavor and chewiness for a perfect meaty texture.
What are enoki mushrooms?
Enoki mushrooms are long, thin mushrooms primarily found in East Asia and popular in Japanese cuisine. Enoki mushrooms are perfect for this recipe because, when shredded and cooked slightly, they make an excellent addition to seitan to provide a meat-like fibrous texture and savory, meaty taste. The final product of this recipe is vastly better because of the enoki mushrooms within this vegan chicken.
Where can you buy enoki mushrooms?
Enoki mushrooms can be found in the produce section of some grocery stores or health food stores. My favorite places to find fresh enoki mushrooms for cheap are at local multi-cultural or Asian food stores.
Can I use a different type of mushroom?
No. For this recipe, only enoki mushrooms will work due to the ability to shred them into fine strands unlike other mushrooms.
What is vital wheat gluten?
Vital wheat gluten or vital wheat flour is the extracted natural protein found in wheat. It is often used to increase the elasticity in baked breads, noodles, and to make vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives. Vital wheat gluten is what holds everything together in this vegan chicken recipe and it adds to the meaty, chewy texture.
More Similar Recipes and Vegan Chicken Options:
This Vegan Chicken is the perfect for when you need a great recipe for all types of mock chicken dishes! This recipe is so simple to make and excellent for meal prepping, freezing and adding to meals, and more!
Products for this recipe (Sold through Amazon)
- Food Processor or Blender
- Vital Wheat Gluten
- Vegan Chicken Bouillon Cubes or Vegetable Bouillon Cubes (Optional)
- Large Pot or Pressure Cooker
- Steamer Basket (Optional)