Vegan Giant Chicken Nugget + Tenders

Vegan Giant Chicken Nugget - Fried Seitan Tenders - Ultimate comfort food. Deep fried vegetarian food - High Protein - Egg Free / Dairy Free- Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

I’ve been wanting to Giant Vegan Nuggets for at least 6 months. Dude these last few weeks I’ve been crushing it with all sorts of long over due tasks (tattoo video… I’m pretty sure there were other things too) while adding in an extra thing continues to take up all my time (I started a new etsy shop. yay!)

Vegan Giant Chicken Nugget - Fried Seitan Tenders - Ultimate comfort food. Deep fried vegetarian food - High Protein - Egg Free / Dairy Free- Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

And what has all this hard work grant me? A giant fried seitan nugget!!! ha ha ha. I was gifted the fryer for Hanukkah. It’s one where you carefully drop heavy hot stuff into blazing hot oil by hand. I wonder if the Korean store has a fry basket that would fit my fryer? A fryer basket seems safer than using my hands.

I used the remainder of my vital wheat gluten. It turned out to be a little over a lb of gluten flour. I’m glad I didn’t have a full bag of gluten flour because this was a giant nugget as is.

Vegan Giant Chicken Nugget - Fried Seitan Tenders - Ultimate comfort food. Deep fried vegetarian food - High Protein - Egg Free / Dairy Free- Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

I’ve made tons of seitan recipes on the blog before. I’ve made seitan sausage, fried vegan chicken wings + fried vegan Asian chicken, I’ve also a billion high protein meal preps with seitan.

Even though I’ve made a ton of seitan recipes I have not mastered the art of it. I know there’s ways to make it less chewy. Adding oil, mashed beans or cutting it with additional flours (like chickpea flour or nutritional yeast) or even mixing in tomato sauce. All these things can cut down on the chewiness to make it less like rubber. But you can make seitan too spongy. This happened when we boiled it. I honestly am not picky about it. A nice dipping sauce or cutting it into small pieces usually masks texture issues.

I just dipped this in BBQ sauce even though I just made 7 EPIC vegan dipping sauces. Magic green sauce would have been better.

Vegan Giant Chicken Nugget - Fried Seitan Tenders - Ultimate comfort food. Deep fried vegetarian food - High Protein - Egg Free / Dairy Free- Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

520 grams vital wheat gluten, 3 cup water (or less), 4 serving of better than bouillon, 4 TB oil, about 1 cup flour, spices of choice, 4-8 TB of vegan egg powder turned into “egg” with cold water + oil for deep frying

  1. Dissolve bouillon into 2 cups of water then add 4 TB oil. Mix your liquid/oil mixture into the gluten flour. Feel free to add any spices you’d like. I measured out an additional cup of water and slowly poured it into dough but didn’t need all of it. Essentially I just wanted to make sure there wasn’t any extra bits of flour & it was all turned into dough.
  2. I lined my steamer basket with foil and placed the seitan on top. I didn’t cover the whole thing with foil but you could do that if you wanted. Steam til dough firms up. 45 minutes to an hour. Keep an eye on your water levels. Steaming for an hour requires a lot of water.
  3. Once seitan is cooked allow it to fully cool down.
  4. Make your vegan egg. I like mine on the thinner side.
  5. Mix flour and spices/salt for a flavorful coating. You can taste the flour to see if it’s spiced and salted enough. The less bland the better.
  6. Once seitan is cooled I cut around the edges to give it a more nugget shape. And the cut out pieces were big enough to make into tenders πŸ™‚
  7. Dip seitan into flour then into vegan egg. Let egg drip off then coat with flour again.
  8. Fry until golden brown. ENJOY!
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21 comments

  1. That’s HUGE! Dude, you have a deep fryer, that is so exciting! What kind is it? I’m eyeing the Presto Fry Daddy, so tempting. And much smaller than the big ass air fryers.

    • I got the dualdaddy. These fryers names are killing it. dude get the one you’re eyeing. Mine gets the job done but maybe the one you’re looking at has better bells and whistles. πŸ™‚

      • Ha ha, so true about the names! The one I’m eyeing is on Craigslist, new in the box — it’s a small one — no bells and whistles, it’s the simplest version out there and only uses 4 cups of oil — which is good because I have exactly four feet of counter in my tiny kitchen. Believe it or not, the first thing I want to fry is Brussels sprouts πŸ™‚

          • I just made them tonight and they were EPIC!! So, so good. I made a bit of a mess, though; I didn’t realize I needed to have a splatter guard ready for the top of the fryer while it was in action. Oh, well. Lesson learned.

            I used 192g of raw Brussels sprouts (about two cups). The ones I had were small, so I cut them in half lengthwise; if they’d been bigger, I’d have quartered them. I only had to fry them for 2 minutes. I didn’t make a sauce or anything, just salted them generously after I drained them, and they were DELICIOUS.

            Here are some pics:
            Right before frying: https://postimg.org/image/xmelbdewb/
            After draining and salting, on a quarter sheet pan: https://postimg.org/image/idonxp8e3/

  2. Fisrt of all: I loooved the tatoo video! I wil risk being out-of-character sentimental and thank you for sharing this awesome process, you truly are a great source of inspiration. I love how you unapologetically show that time flows by as we are being distracted (or entertained) by life and then we just come back and do the things we had put on hold and we complete them. <3

    Regarding the nugget and the fryer: your simple seitan nuggets look delicious!! To fry it I suggest getting a pair of frying chopsticks (and maybe a spider ladle too) – those are usually quite affordable and are awesome for frying. They do not need to be immersed and fry together with the food (that is a good thing in my book) but both are great for lowering, turning over and fetching things from the hot oil.

    • That’s for the good words regarding the tattoo video. Yeah, I got mega sentimental while trying to remember all the details to create the video.

      YES! What you said is exactly what I need! Lowering, turning and fetching. Frying chopsticks. Never heard of them. Yes!!!

    • Dude Mark made me the small wooden spoons. Some had gemstone inlay but after 4-5 years I think most of them fell out. I love these spoons. Crazy to think about that but when we were living in the woods for a year he had a woodshed where he’d make stuff.

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