how to make vegetarian fried chicken | Family Cuisine

Vegetarian fried chicken is a dish that has been around for a long time. It has been made by using a breading, cooking in oil and then frying it. This recipe uses tofu instead of chicken as the main ingredient.

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How to make vegetarian fried chicken

Learn how to turn tofu into the crispiest, most flavor-packed vegan fried chicken you’ve ever had. This Vegan KFC Fried Chicken recipe will blow the minds of anyone who tries it.

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As a kid, fried chicken was always one of my favorite foods to have. Whether it was homemade, KFC, Popeye’s, or otherwise, I was all about it. I am not joking when I say that this tofu fried chicken is SPOT ON to the real thing. Crispy and flaky on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside—absolute perfection.

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When creating this recipe, I did a bunch of research on KFC’s famous seasoning blend. While their method is technically “top secret,” I did find some base recipes for the blend that I was able to tweak and make my own. There are quite a few components to the seasoning blend, but chances are, you already have most of the spices at home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt
  • Celery Salt
  • White Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Ginger
  • Mustard Powder
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In addition to this seasoning blend, all you need for this recipe is some medium-firm tofu, all-purpose flour, unsweetened plant-based milk, apple cider vinegar, and corn flakes. We like to use medium-firm tofu because it has the perfect consistency when prepared properly.

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The method of preparing the tofu is quite time consuming, but with a little planning, it is well worth doing. We are using a method from Mary’s Test Kitchen. Essentially, we will freeze the package of tofu and allow it to completely defrost twice. Once it has defrosted for the second time, we will open the package, drain the liquid out, and press the tofu until it is as dry as you can get it. The full method can be found below on the recipe card.

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This recipe uses a similar breading technique to our vegan mozzarella sticks and veggie chicken nuggets if you’ve ever made those. There are some differences, but it is relatively similar. If you are looking for some other tasty recipes, these are a must-try!

  • Baked Vegetable Tots
  • Skillet Biscuit Pot Pie (Vegan)
  • Stuffed Vegan Jalapeño Popper Burgers
  • One-Pot Red Curry Peanut Ramen (30-Minutes)


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