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Copycat Chick-fil-a Vegan Chicken

This copycat Chick-fil-a Vegan Chicken tastes so much like the original. The recipe is perfect for meal planning can be used in so many ways!
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan breakfast, vegan dinner, vegan lunch, vegan main course
Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 6 minutes
Servings 4 large pieces (or 8 smaller pieces)
Calories 317kcal
Author LarishaBernard

Equipment

  • Deep Fryer or Large heavy bottomed pot

Ingredients

  • 1 block extra firm tofu

Marinade

For the Seasoning/Dry Rub

Breading

Dredge (2nd wet batter)

  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk (we like oat)
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter, melted
  • oil for frying (peanut is best or vegetable if allergens)

Instructions

  • Place tofu, in package, in the freezer and freeze overnight.
    *This step is crucial for texture, don't skip.
  • Defrost by sitting out until thawed or microwaving for 10-15 minutes at a time.
  • Press tofu out for 30 mins by using a tofu press.
    *See post for details if you don't have a press.
  • Carefully pat dry any excess moisture with a towel.
  • Cut the tofu in half lengthwise, then diagonal to end up with 4 pieces (can cut smaller to make 8 if desired).
  • Whisk the brine ingredients together in a shallow bowl (cake pans or pie plates work great) and add tofu pieces and push down gently with hands.
    Remove and lightly pat dry the excess moistness just on the outside (do not press down). Do not let tofu pieces sit in the brine for more than 1 minute. Set aside.
  • In 3 separate shallow bowls or dishes, mix together the ingredients for the seasoning, breading and dredge. Set up an assembly line.
  • Bring a deep fryer to 375˚F (can use a heavy bottom skillet or pot if needed)
  • Evenly rub the seasoning mixture over both sides of all your tofu pieces.
  • Dip each piece into the breading and carefully push to coat evenly.
  • Move into the dredge and coat and then bring it back to the breading and coat.
  • Add tofu to deep frying basket, lower, and let cook for 1 1/2 to 2 mins until golden brown. 
  • Place on paper towels or drying rack to let cool down.
  • Serve warm on sandwiches, biscuits, and more.

Video

Notes

This is the tofu press that we use. 
*You can air fry these.  You can turn them into nuggets. Get these tips and more in the post above. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2438mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1285IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg