Vegan “Chicken” Nuggets

This Vegan “Chicken” nuggets recipe is the easy recipe dreams are made of. It’s so crispy and crunchy on the outside, yet chewy and very chicken like on the inside thanks to the firm tofu. It can be completely gluten free if you want – and best of all, it’s so easy even your kids can make them.
I wanted to recreate the texture of chicken while also keeping it really simple – because I crave simple and easy vegan substitutes for my favorite “normal” dishes.

One of the things I decided when I chose to become vegetarian was that I wanted to eat primarily vegan (because of health issues, being fully vegan isn’t a viable option for me) and I wanted to create vegan recipes that would be able to match the “real thing”. And that’s why I came up with this super easy vegan “chicken” nuggets recipe.

For my vegan chicken nuggets recipe, I have freshened it up by adding a little lemon zest to the breadcrumbs. That is completely optional, and you can leave it out if you prefer. I just enjoy the freshness and added flavor, plus I’m a bit of a lemon addict (maybe I should have called my blog something with lemons, hmm).

What’s to love about the easy vegan “Chicken” Nuggets recipe

  • It’s super easy to make – literally a child could make them
  • Deliciously golden and crispy on the outside with a firm meaty chicken texture on the inside. So good
  • Pretty healthy and ideal as dinner, as appetizers and for parties (the babies are a hit at kids parties)
  • Feels and tastes like the real thing

How to make these easy Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Preheat oven to 400F.

Start by cutting the tofu into 12 squares and use your fingers to gently press them into nugget shapes.

Press the nuggets with paper towels to remove any excess liquid.

Next, pour the breadcrumbs, corn starch, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and lemon zest into a bowl and mix together until everything is combined.

Pour the flour into a second bowl and finally pour the plant milk into a third bowl.

Next, dip each nugget into the flour, then the plant milk and finally dip it into the breadcrumbs, making sure that all sides are covered. Once all the nuggets have been dipped and covered in breadcrumbs, heat oil in a frying pan.

Cook the nuggets at medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are golden and crispy.

Once the nuggets are golden, put them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes (turning the nuggets over halfway through).

Serve hot and enjoy.

Vegan “Chicken” Nuggets

This Vegan "Chicken" nuggets recipe is the easy recipe dreams are made of. It's so crispy and crunchy on the outside, yet chewy and very chicken like on the inside thanks to the firm tofu. It can be completely gluten free if you want – and best of all, it's so easy even your kids can make them.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 nuggets
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Block of Firm Tofu
  • ½ cup Breadcrumbs or Gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • ¼ cup Flour or Brown rice flour
  • cup Plant milk
  • ½ Lemon Zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Olive Oil or Coconut oil for frying

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Start by cutting the tofu into 12 squares and use your fingers to gently press them into nugget shapes.
  • Press the nuggets with paper towels to remove any excess liquid.
  • Next, pour the breadcrumbs, corn starch, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and lemon zest into a bowl and mix together until everything is combined.
    Pour the flour into a second bowl and finally pour the plant milk into a third bowl.
  • Next, dip each nugget into the flour, then the plant milk and finally dip it into the breadcrumbs, making sure that all sides are covered. Once all the nuggets have been dipped and covered in breadcrumbs, heat oil in a frying pan.
    Cook the nuggets at medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are golden and crispy.
  • Once the nuggets are golden, put them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes (turning the nuggets over halfway through).
    Serve hot and enjoy.

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