Cynthia loves sharing delicious and nutritious vegan recipes.
Here are five great plant-based chicken recipes for people who are either looking into a vegan lifestyle, or who are looking for delicious meatless recipes in general.
Many vegans and plant-based individuals continue to seek to revisit enjoyable pre-vegan food experiences. Chicken dishes were certainly part of many of our happier memories of meals with family and friends.
Two of the recipes below-- the Chick'n Pot Pie Soup and the Caesar Chick'n Salad-- are made using the wholefood, non-GMO extruded soy product known as soy curls. Another soy product, tofu, is used to create a delicious faux chicken Chinese cuisine, General Tso's Chick'n. Surprising jackfruit, a tropical tree fruit, turns up in one recipe with its incredible meaty texture in the Butter Chick'n dish , and the final chicken stand-in-- the famous Chick'n-Mushroom-Rice Casserole-- is formed from wheat protein, frequently called gluten or seitan. Bring your own ideas and applications of taste wizardry along. Enjoy these creative comestibles and the blessings of being both imaginative and kind.
Chicken Made from Flour?
The first plant-based chicken recipe (chicken-mushroom-rice casserole below) is a wonderful mix of umami and savory flavours of mushroom, rice and herbed gluten (seitan) analog. If you have the time and interest, you can save money by making your own gluten in the traditional manner (recipe in video above). An alternate recipe that eliminates the labour-intense "washing of the wheat" and follows (using vital gluten flour). A broth recipe is available to be used with the second recipe.
The broth is used to more highly flavour the gluten, and to tenderize it (the longer you cook it).
OR for convenience sake, you can purchase the Morning Star or Gardein-type faux chicken strips (plain, no crispy coating). With the commercial gluten you will not have to make a broth.
*You can also purchase vegan chicken-like seasoning, or make your own, such as the recipe found HERE (scroll down the article)
Cooking Time for Alternate Gluten Recipe (the gluten flour-whole wheat flour mix)
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
1 hour 30 min
1 hour 30 min
Serves six adults
Gluten and Broth for the Homemade Gluten (Seitan) Strips
|Alternate Gluten Recipe|
vital gluten flour
whole wheat flour
Ingredients for the Broth
Instructions for the Alternate Gluten and Broth
- Combine all broth ingredients in large stock pot. Bring to boil. Lower temperature and simmer, then boil slowly.
- Combine all dry gluten ingredients (flours, spices) in a large bowl. Make a well and add the water and soya sauce. As in the video, you may want to use your hands to mix the above together quickly, into a ball. Shape into a roll.
- Slice the roll so that each strip is about 1/4" thick.
- Drop strips individually into the simmering broth. Stir gently to prevent sticking and to make sure each strip is immersed. Place lid on pot when all strips are in and simmer for 1 - 1 1/2 hours until all pieces are tender (the longer they boil, the tenderer they are.) Use a slotted spoon or colander scoop to remove them from the pot.
- You can make a gravy from the broth (using some starch and more of desired spices) or freeze it to use the next time you make gluten.
- You can dice the gluten when it is done into smaller pieces appropriate to what you are using it for (in this case, the rice-mushroom casserole).
Vegan Chicken, Mushrooms and Rice (with Gluten or Seitan)
Slow-Cooked Vegan Jackfruit Butter Chicken
Lindsay over at the Live-In Kitchen promises that this Indian-influenced butter chicken recipe will provide the cook with aroma all day. And that the meaty texture of the jackfruit never fails to impress.
In urban settings you should be able to find jackfruit in Asian grocery stores and possibly elsewhere. If you can't find it in your community, you can purchase here from Amazon.
Soy Curls Vegan Chicken : Soup and a Salad
If you have not met soy curls yet, you are in for a pleasant adventure. Soy curls are produced from the whole soy bean, not from an isolate flour. They are extruded and dehydrated, and when re-hydrated they have a very similar look and texture to real chicken 'tenders'. Like tofu, they are great at absorbing the flavours that you cook with (in this case, spices and herbs generally used in cooking chicken).
I'm finding the soy curls in a local store, but if you are having a problem getting hold of them you could contact either Butler Foods.com or Amazon.
Chick'n Pot Pie Soup with Soy Curls
Vegan Chick'n Caesar Salad with Soy Curls
General Tso's Tofu Chicken
Tofu is really another word for flavour sponge. This is my favourite tofu recipe-- the flavours are slightly sweet and spicy, such a nice combination, I think. I always feel so great after I dine with the General!
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2022 Cynthia Zirkwitz