Vegan chicken might sound like an oxymoron. But these easy vegan chicken nuggets look and have exactly the same texture like regular chicken nuggets. And I promise it is not some black magic, just a couple of key ingredients and a foolproof cooking method.

Vegan “chicken patties’ are made from scratch and are flavorful and delicious. Thanks to the secret ingredient, vital wheat gluten or seitan, they have an amazing texture, perfectly chewy and tender.

With vegan diet being so on trend right now there is an array of readily available vegan ingredients in any grocery store. The things that we need to make vegan chicken are pretty basic including chickpeas, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, coriander powder, dried sage, vegan chicken seasoning. Combine all of them in a food processor and then add vegan chicken stock.

Saitan or wheat gluten is made by removing all the starch granules from the wheat dough, leaving the sticky gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked, turning surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat. It is a very popular meat substitute and great tofu alternative.

Making vegan “chicken” and working with wheat gluten can be tricky. The main idea is not to knead the dough for long at all, just a few times with your hands until it goes from soft and sticky to just starting to get firm. This way you will achieve the perfect texture closest to the real chicken.

Serve vegan chicken with your favorite vegan sauces. Follow the detailed steps below fo the vegan chicken.