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Vegan Chicken Sandwich

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There’s nothing better than a crispy “chicken” sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo! This vegan chicken sandwich makes a satisfying, flavor-packed lunch or dinner. Serve this crispy yet tender plant-based chicken sandwich with a side of french fries and vegan ranch!

best healthy meatless vegan chicken sandwich recipe on a wooden cutting board

A long time ago, when I used to eat meat, I’d love a good fried chicken sandwich! Chick-fil-a has been known to have the best fried chicken sandwich, but obviously, there is no vegan option. It’s also not really that healthy for you. So I decided to recreate the traditional fast food chicken sandwich to be vegan friendly and healthier, but taste just as good as the original recipe!

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And let me tell you, this homemade patty is worlds better than store-bought meat alternatives. It tastes like the real deal. Not only is it worth the effort, but you can freeze the leftover patties! I love to make them in advance so all I have to do is brine and coat the patties.

This vegan chicken sandwich recipe is the only one you’ll ever need. I like to serve it on a whole wheat bun with all the fixings! It’s way better than any fast food chain!

🧑‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Tastes better than fast food!
  • Homemade vegan chicken patty
  • The whole family will love it
  • Tastes like a real chicken breast
  • You can make the seitan ahead of time
  • Better than store-bought vegan alternatives
  • The best meatless chicken sandwich ever!

🥘 Ingredients

You can find the ingredients for this healthy chicken sandwich recipe at your local health food store. Find the full recipe with nutritional information in the recipe card below.

ingredients for best healthy meatless vegan chicken sandwich recipe

Silken Tofu: I prefer the texture of silken tofu in seitan. It gives the seitan a tender texture instead of a chewy one!

Vegan Chicken Broth: “Chicken” broth packs in flavor. It doubles as a cooking liquid and an ingredient in this recipe.

Worcestershire Sauce: The sweet and tangy flavor of Worcestershire sauce complements the savory flavor of the chicken broth. If you don’t have any, soy sauce works too.

Vital Wheat Gluten: Not all grocery stores carry vital wheat gluten, but you can find it at your local health food store like Whole Foods. It’s an essential ingredient that creates the meat-like texture!

Seasoning: Onion powder, poultry seasoning, and garlic powder season the “meat”.

Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy quality to it. It’s often used in vegan food to mimic the taste of meat or cheese.

Pickle Juice: The sweet and acidic taste of pickle juice makes a perfect brine! If you don’t have pickle juice, substitute more almond milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice!

Almond Milk: Any plant-based milk works, but unsweetened almond milk has a mild flavor. Cashew, soy, and oat milk are also great options.

Hot Sauce: For a little bit of heat! Feel free to leave it out if you don’t like spicy food.

All-Purpose Flour: Flour creates the crispy coating once it’s fried in hot oil.

Baking Powder: This secret ingredient creates a light yet crispy fried “chicken”.

Spices: Garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt season the coating. If you don’t want a spicy chicken sandwich, omit the cayenne.

Olive oil: To fry the chicken patties!

📖 Variations

The best vegan chicken sandwich is easy to customize! Try one of these delicious variations.

  • Cheese: Top with your favorite kind of vegan cheese! Gouda, american, blue cheese, provolone, and cheddar are all delicious!
  • Toppings: Red onion, pickles, tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, lettuce, and coleslaw taste great on vegan chicken.
  • Sauces: Hot sauce, BBQ sauce, creamy sauce, vegan mayonnaise, spicy mayo, a tangy sauce like honey mustard, and hot honey are delicious options!
  • Subway Meatless Chicken Teriyaki: Cut the fried seitan into vegan “chicken strips” and toss with a teriyaki glaze. Place the chicken on a hoagie roll and top with provolone cheese, sliced red onion, spinach, and a sweet onion dressing.
  • Vegan Spicy Chicken Sandwich: Add Cajun spices and a little bit of chili powder to the flour mixture before coating. Top your hot chicken with plenty of hot sauce!
  • Vegan Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: Add spicy buffalo sauce and blue cheese on top of the patty!

🔪 How To Make A Vegan Chicken Sandwich

It’s so easy to make this simple sandwich! Here’s how:

Whisk Tofu: In a medium bowl, whisk together the tofu, 1/4 cup of chicken broth, and Worcestershire sauce until the tofu is in small pieces. There’s no need to use a food processor.

Whisk Seitan Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk the vital wheat gluten, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast, vegan-friendly chicken seasoning, and salt.

spices mixed in a bowl

Fold Together: Fold the tofu mixture and the seasoning mixture together to form a dough.

Form The Dough: Use your hands to make a ball with the dough. Resist overworking the dough or the patties will be chewy.

batter for meatless patties in a mixing bowl

Cut The Dough: Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces and shape them into patties. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

vegan patties on a baking dish

Cook The Patties: Place the patties in a large baking dish and cover with 2 cups of vegan chicken stock or vegetable broth. Cover and bake for 1 hour, turning the chicken cutlets over at the 30-minute mark.

patties soaking in a baking dish

Let Patties Cool: Once the patties are done cooking, remove them from the broth and let them cool.

vegan patties on a baking dish

Make The Brine: Mix the pickle juice, almond milk, and hot sauce together in a large ziplock bag or baking dish. Place the patties into the bag and marinate for 2 hours.

vegan patties soaked in batter

Make The Coating: Whisk the flour and spices together in a dish. Remove the patties from the marinade.

dry ingredients combined in a bowl

Coat The Patties In The Dry Batter: Coat 1 patty in the flour mixture on all sides. Dip the patty back into the marinade then back into the coating. Repeat with all the “chicken” patties.

vegetarian chicken patty tossed in breadcrumb mixture

Fry Patties: Heat oil in a large dutch oven or pot on medium high heat, fry each patty until golden brown and crispy – about 5 minutes.

vegan chicken sandwich patties cooking in a pot

Drain: Carefully remove the fried chicken patties from the oil and let drain on a paper towel to get rid of any excess oil. A deep fryer can also be used.

vegan chicken sandwich patties cooked resting on a paper towel

Serve: Serve the patties on your burger bun of choice, with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Enjoy these vegan fried chick’n sandwiches warm!

fried vegan chicken sandwiches assembled on a plate

❓ Recipe FAQs

How healthy is vegan chicken?

The answer is – it depends! In general, plant-based meats like this tofu-based seitan are high in fiber and protein but low in saturated fat – making them healthier than their meat counterparts.

But store bought vegan fried chicken may not be that healthy – as it could be filled with unhealthy fats and preservatives. This particular recipe for vegan chicken is low in calories and fat, making it a healthy part of any balanced diet. It is fried though, and keep in mind that fried foods, should still be enjoyed in moderation!

What is a vegan chicken sandwich made of?

This vegetarian chicken sandwich has a patty that’s made from vital wheat gluten and silken tofu. These two ingredients give the plant-based meat a meaty texture and taste without any animal products. The “chicken” patty is then fried and served on a bun with traditional burger toppings.

How should I store a seitan chicken sandwich?

It’s best to enjoy vegan sandwiches right away! However, you can make the vegan patties ahead of time and store in an air-tight container. You can refrigerate them for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to 2 months. Let them defrost in the refrigerator, then coat and fry as directed.

How should I serve a vegan fried chicken sandwich?

Vegan chicken sandwiches can be served with whatever toppings you like! I like to top it with sliced tomato, lettuce, and mayo for a classic vegetarian version. It tastes delicious with a side of fries, but salad, chips, or soup would be great too!

💭 Expert Tips

  • It’s vital not to overwork the dough. Doing so will result in a rubbery patty.
  • For a slight kick, add 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper or dried chili flakes to the coating mixture.
  • I haven’t tested these in the air fryer yet. If you try to air fry them, let us know in the comments!
  • To make vegan chicken nuggets, form the seitan into small nuggets instead of patties, then follow the recipe as directed.
  • For added flavor, spread vegan butter on the top bun and toast in a hot skillet.
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Vegan Chicken Sandwich

There's nothing better than a crispy "chicken" sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo! This vegan chicken sandwich makes a satisfying, flavor-packed lunch or dinner. Serve this crispy yet tender plant-based chicken sandwich with a side of french fries and vegan ranch!
Prep Time2 hrs 35 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Course: Main Course, mains
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

"Chicken" Seitan

  • ½ cup silken tofu
  • cups vegan chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp vegan-friendly chicken seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt

Brine

  • cup pickle juice
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ tsp hot sauce

Coating

Instructions

For The “Chicken” Seitan

  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the tofu, ¼ cup chicken broth and worcestershire sauce until well combined and the tofu is in small pieces.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together remaining seitan ingredients.
  • Gently fold the ingredients together to form a dough.
  • Using your hands, bring the dough together into a ball. Do not overwork the dough otherwise it will result in chewy “chicken” patties.
  • Cut the dough into 4 even pieces and shape into patties.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 176 C.
  • Place the patties in a large baking dish and cover with 2 cups of vegan chicken stock (or vegetable broth). Cover and cook for 1 hour, turning the patties at the 30 minute mark and recovering to continue cooking.
  • Once cooked remove from the broth and allow the patties to cool for 30 minutes.

For The Brine

  • Mix all ingredients together. Place the cooled patties in the brine, refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours.

For The Coating

  • Whisk all flour coating ingredients together.
  • Once the patties have been marinating for 2 hours remove from the marinade.
  • Dust 1 patty in the coating mixture, making sure to cover all surfaces. Dip the patty back into the marinade liquid and then into the flour coating again. Repeat with remaining patties.
  • Heat oil in a large pot, fry each patty for 4-5 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  • Serve crispy patties on a whole wheat bun, with lettuce, sliced tomato and vegan mayo.

Video

https://youtu.be/S_mqbC6F_ho

Notes

  • Make sure not to overwork the dough when preparing the patties otherwise this will produce a rubbery patty.
  • If you like a little more spice in the seasoning add 1 tsp cracked black pepper or even dried red chili flakes.
  • Patties can be prepared ahead of time up to step 8 and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for 2 months, before soaking in the brine and continuing to cook as described above in the recipe. If freezing patties ensure they are completely defrosted before coating and frying.
  • You can add any of your favorite sandwich fillings to this delicious chicken sandwich.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1386mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

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12 responses to “Vegan Chicken Sandwich”

  1. This is such a great recipe and full of great tips too. I always worry about cooking with tofu but this was delcious.5 stars

  2. This sandwich looks amazing and I can’t wait to make and share it with my vegan friends!5 stars

  3. I’m a total carnivore, so when I see vegan recipes that look and taste like meat, I’m very interested. I can’t wait to try this one.5 stars

  4. This came out perfect! I just loved the flavors (the pickle juice really adds an extra tang). Definitely on the regular rotation.5 stars

  5. This is really good! Thanks for the recipe! Everyone at my house was impressed with this sandwich!5 stars

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