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Tofu Chicken Nuggets

These tofu chicken nuggets can be made ahead to use throughout the week. To mimic the taste (and texture!) of chicken, we also use a plant-based product called seitan. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14 ounces) soft tofu, patted dry
  • 2-3/4 cups vital wheat gluten, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • Oil for frying

Directions

  • Combine tofu, 1 and 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten, poultry seasoning, salt, garlic powder and pepper in large bowl just until combined. Add 1/4 cup water, a little at a time, until dough forms a ball. Roll dough into a circle about a 1/2-inch thick onto a lightly wheat gluten surface. Gently cut or tear dough into 50 pieces.
  • In a large saucepan, place a steamer basket over 1 in. of water. In batches, place seitan in basket. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a low boil; steam, covered, until seiten looks puffed and firm, 10-15 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
  • Place remaining 1 and 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten in a shallow bowl. In a separate shallow bowl, mix egg substitute with 1 cup water, let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Dip chicken in egg mix, then vital wheat gluten.In a dutch oven, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

Tofu Chicken Nugget Tips

What sauces should I serve with tofu chicken nuggets?

Serve them with a classic BBQ sauce, ketchup, honey mustard, teriyaki sauce or sweet-and-sour sauce. The options are endless! By the way, make sure you avoid these tofu cooking mistakes when preparing this dish.

Where can I buy vital wheat gluten?

Vital wheat gluten is the main ingredient in seitan, which is a popular meat substitute. When mixed with water, the vital wheat gluten takes on a hearty texture similar to meat. You can find vital wheat gluten at most grocery stores or online. We particularly like the Bob's Red Mill brand.

How do I store tofu chicken nuggets?

Store leftover tofu nuggets in airtight containers and store for up to 3 days. To reheat, place nuggets on a greased sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees until they’re hot and crispy. Discover more tofu recipes, too.

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
5 pieces: 268 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.

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