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Vegan Chicken

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These vegan chicken fingers are the perfect comfort food! They’re crispy, a bit spicy, and absolutely delicious. And they’re super easy to make!  Why This Recipe Works  Soy curls are the perfect base for this recipe. They have a meaty texture and soak up marinades and sauces very well.  Their preparation is super easy. Soy…
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These vegan chicken fingers are the perfect comfort food! They’re crispy, a bit spicy, and absolutely delicious. And they’re super easy to make! 

a hand dipping a vegan chicken finger into a small bowl of mayonnaise

Why This Recipe Works 

Soy curls are the perfect base for this recipe. They have a meaty texture and soak up marinades and sauces very well. 

Their preparation is super easy. Soy curls come dry and all you have to do is rehydrate them with boiling water. 

Panko bread crumbs make them super crispy. They work so much better than regular bread crumbs in this recipe. They really do the trick!

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce adds some nice flavor and spiciness. And don’t forget about the vegan ranch dip or vegan aioli. It will perfectly complement the plant-based chicken fingers. 

Preparing them in an air fryer makes them incredibly crispy and they’re so much lower in fat than a deep-fried version. 

vegan chicken fingers in a white bowl on a marble countertop

What Goes Into This Recipe 

ingredients for this recipe on a marble countertop with labels

  • Soy Curls – The come dry and need to be rehydrated with water or vegetable broth. Find them online or in your local health food store
  • Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce – You could also use any other Buffalo sauce of your choice 
  • Almond Milk – make sure it’s unsweetened 
  • Flour – all-purpose flour works just fine 

How To Make This Recipe 

a collage of four step-by-step photos that show how to make vegan chicken

1. Step: Place the soy curls in a pot or large bowl and add boiling water or vegetable broth. Let them soak for 10-15 minutes. They will double or even triple in size. 

2. Step: Drain them and cool them down with cold running water. 

3. Step: Squeeze out any extra water with your hands. 

4. Step: In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, the plant-based milk, the water, the garlic power, the paprika powder, the salt, and the black pepper.

a collage of four step-by-step photos that show how to make vegan chicken

5. Step: Stir until well combined.

6. Step: Fill a bowl with panko bread crumbs. 

7. Step: Dip the soy curls into the flour batter. 

8. Step: Then roll them in the panko bread crumbs. 

 

a collage of four step-by-step photos that show how to make vegan chicken

9. Step: Place them in your air fryer and set it to 350 °F.

10. Step: Cook them for 10-12 minutes. 

11./12. Step: Pour the Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce in a bowl and evenly coat the soy curls from all sides by carefully stirring them a few times.

vegan chicken fingers in an air fryer plate on a marble countertop

13. Step: Place them back into the air fryer and cook them for 5 more minutes at 350 °F. 

chopped parsley and dill on a cutting board with a knife

14. Step: In the meantime, prepare the vegan ranch dip. Finely chop fresh parsley and dill. Place the vegan mayonnaise in a small bowl and add the parsley and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. 

Vegan Chicken fingers in a bowl with vegan ranch on the side

Recipe Notes: 

  • I recommend serving this recipe immediately. The “chicken” fingers are super crispy when they come out of the air fryer, but unfortunately they will be a lot less crispy when they cool down.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you could also make this recipe in the oven. They will be a bit less crispy but still amazing. You will have to increase the baking time to 20 minutes (at 350 °F), but make sure to check on them regularly so they don’t get too dark. 

FAQs: 

Can The “Chicken” Fingers Be Reheated? 

Yes, you can easily reheat leftovers. Just place them in your air fryer again and cook them at 350 °F for 5 minutes. 

Can I Make Them Without The Buffalo Sauce? 

Yes, you could make them without the buffalo sauce. In this case, I would recommend adding some more spices to the flour batter like vegan poultry seasoning, Italian spices, or Mexican spices. 

a hand dipping a vegan chicken finger into a small bowl of ranch sauce

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I Love To Hear From You Guys! 

I hope you like this vegan chicken as much as we do around here.

If you give it a try, I’d love to know what you think about it. Just leave me a comment and a star rating below. Your comments really make my day!

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Sina 

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Vegan Chicken

These vegan chicken fingers are the perfect comfort food! They’re crispy, a bit spicy, and absolutely delicious. And they’re super easy to make! 
Course Appetizer, Entrées, Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 411kcal
Author Sina

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

For the vegan chicken:

  • 1 cup dried soy curls (TVP)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

For the vegan ranch dip:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place the soy curls in a pot or large bowl and add boiling water or vegetable broth. Let them soak for 10 minutes. They will double or even triple in size. 
  • Drain them and cool them down with cold running water. 
  • Squeeze out any extra water with your hands. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, the plant-based milk, the water, the garlic power, the paprika powder, the salt, and the black pepper.
  • Stir until well combined. Fill a bowl with panko bread crumbs. Dip the soy curls into the flour batter. Then roll them in the panko bread crumbs. 
  • Place them in your air fryer and set it to 350 °F.
  • Cook them for 10-12 minutes. 
  • Pour the Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce in a bowl and evenly coat the soy curls from all sides by carefully stirring them a few times.
  • Place them back into the air fryer and cook them for 5 more minutes at 350 °F.
  • In the meantime, prepare the vegan ranch dip. Finely chop fresh parsley and dill. Place the vegan mayonnaise in a small bowl and add the parsley and dill. Stir until well combined. 

Notes

  • I recommend serving them immediately. They’re super crispy when they come out of the air fryer, but unfortunately they will be a lot less crispy when they cool down.
  • You could also make this recipe in the oven. You will have to increase the baking time to 20 minutes (at 350 °F), but make sure to check on them regularly so they don’t get too dark. 
  • To reheat them, place them in your air fryer again and cook them at 350 °F for 5 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 4mg

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