We tried the daring Vegan Chicken brand that offers grilled and breaded options and we are giving you all the opinions. Bonus! Video!
If you have been vegan for a long time, then you know the amount of vegan products that are now available are beyond what your wildest dreams probably were. Today, were here to tel you about another new-ish product. The daring vegan chicken brand now offers both breaded and grilled products.
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What is daring?
Ross Mackay and Eliot Kessas want to make a plant-based product that tasted like what he remembered. And bit.ly/30dZjsB was born with that idea.
Their goal is simple: to remove chicken from our food system.
Mackay and Kessas know that many of us were raised on chicken and it was a go-to for many of it. They know, however, that the meat industry is unsustainable, unethical, and unjust.
daring is our to disrupt the market with giving people everything they love about chicken – the flavor, texture, and experience, without — well, chicken.
- low calorie
- high protein
- zero cholesterol
They grilled pieces are also all gluten free (their breaded pieces contain wheat).
daring is also palm oil free, zero MSG, and no artificial ingredients.
By swapping your usual chicken with daring, you are reduced hard to 9 billion chickens that are killed every year.
It’s worth noting, that daring is also committed to supporting like-minded organizations for the future of all humans and have given to organizations like No Kid Hungry, Equal Justice Initiative and more.
Where can I find daring Vegan Chicken?
However, you can also use their store locator or purchase on their website.
Watch our vegan daring chicken taste test review:
daring Vegan Chicken Coupon Code
Update 4/7/2021: Discount code has ended.
What are the daring flavors?
Original daring Pieces
The original daring pieces are the first that we ever tried as part of our vegan chicken nugget taste test video. At the time, our store didn’t carry the breaded version and we didn’t know about being able to purchase them online.
We were shocked.
Literally stopped to look at the bag and make sure we didn’t grab a non-vegan product. That’s how close it tasted to the real thing.
It was what gave us this idea to do a whole post and video surrounding the brand.
The taste, texture, and profile of these vegan chicken pieces will have you absolutely shocked that this is a vegan product.
What is daring chicken made of?
daring chicken is soy based.
Ingredients: Water, soy protein concentrate, sunflower oil, natural flavoring, spices (paprika, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, salt).
Lemon and Herb daring pieces
The Lemon and Herb daring pieces have the same texture, profile, and ingredients (with the addition of extra spices) as the original pieces.
They lean more herby than they do lemon-y. The lemon flavor is not overpowering and more just a hint. If you wish for more, you could squeeze some extra lemon juice on it.
Ingredients: Water, soy protein concentrate, sunflower oil, natural flavoring, spices (Lemon peel, oregano, thyme, garlic, lemongrass, rosemary, onion, cardamom, pepper and dextrose).
Cajun daring pieces
The cajun daring pieces are a spicier version of the other two grilled versions. It isn’t overly spicy, but it definitely has a kick that hits more towards the end of your bit.
Again the ingredients, taste and texture are the same as the previous ones, except it enhances a bit more with the spices.
We both agreed that we liked this one the best out of all three, though we couldn’t use it all the time, especially since our youngest doesn’t like a lot of spice.
Ingredients: Water, soy protein concentrate, sunflower oil, natural flavoring, spices (Paprika, chili flakes, cumin, lemon peel, chili powder, oregano, onion, thyme, garlic, pepper and dextrose).
Breaded daring pieces
The nugget version of the daring line, but they are not nuggets, they are pieces. daring dares to be a step-up to other products on the market.
We both really liked these, especially compared to other products on the market. The texture is so similar, without the mush and weird pull that some vegan nuggets give. The breading was simple and crispy.
Larisha did say that she wished the seasoning was more enhanced on these, but Andrew thought they were great how it was made.
Ingredients: Water, SOY protein-concentrate, sunflower oil, salt, natural flavoring, spices (paprika, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, mace, cardamom), WHEAT flour, canola oil, water, yellow corn flour, potato starch, rice flour, salt, leavening (cream of tartar, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), sugar, dextrose, garlic, onion, yeast, paprika. CONTAINS WHEAT, SOY.
Overall, we were just so highly impressed with each of the products.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the allergens in daring plant-based chicken?
All of the daring pieces contain soy. The breaded version contains soy and wheat. Other than those, there are no top 8 allergens listed on the packaging.
How much are bags of daring chicken?
We found daring at Sprouts Farmers Market and it was $7.99 per 8oz package for both the grilled and breaded versions.
If you purchase on their website you can order in bulk buys and get the price down to $7.50 per bag for the grilled pieces. The breaded pieces are $10 per bag on their site.
You do have to spend $50 to get free shipping, but you could do the $45 mixed box and a $10 gift card to save for a later purchase.
How does daring taste reheated?
We will say that the texture changed a bit when reheated. It was more tough and while edible and still tasty, not as enjoyable as it would be straight out of the skillet.
For that reason, we would recommend only making enough that you would eat when making the dish
Does daring chicken need to be thawed first?
No! daring chicken pieces are in the frozen section of the store and they are cooked from frozen in 10-12 minutes. No need to thaw first.
Can I thaw and refreeze daring chicken pieces?
daring does not recommend that you thaw and refreeze. If you accidentally thaw them and didn’t intend to, the website says:
“Refrigerated shelf life is 10 days unopened and 3 days if opened”.
What are vegan recipes ideas could I make with daring?
Here are a few recipes we would recommend using daring plant-based chicken pieces in:
- One Pot Vegan Garlic Parmesan Pasta
- One Pot Vegan Cajun Chicken Pasta
- 20 Minute Vegan Spinach and Sundried Tomato Pasta
- Vegan Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- Vegan Alfredo
- The Best Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Spinach and Walnut Pesto Pasta
- Vegan Creamy Broccoli and Chickpea Pasta
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