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Vegan fried chicken on a white plate

Vegan Fried "Chicken" (Made with Tofu)

Crispy vegan fried "chicken" is a perfect plant-based recipe. The easy double breading is seasoned perfectly, and marinated tofu creates a juicy, flavorful "meat" that really does taste just like chicken.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword comfort food, dairy free, plant based
Servings 4
Calories 391kcal


  • Freezer
  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowls (2)
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Wire cooling rack or large plate
  • Paper towels



  • Place package of tofu in freezer. Once frozen, remove from freezer and defrost fully. Repeat process.
  • When tofu is fully thawed a second time, open package and drain all liquid. Press tofu to remove any remaining liquid, then break tofu into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place tofu pieces in large bowl and pour vegetable broth over them. Set aside.
    Tofu in glass bowl with vegetable broth
  • In one medium bowl, mix together milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
    Milk and apple cider vinegar in white bowl
  • In separate medium bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, onion powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt. Set aside.
    Breading mixture in white bowl
  • In cast-iron skillet, heat ½" of oil to 350°-360° Fahrenheit. Set up wire cooling rack over thick layer of paper towels to catch excess oil. Alternately, line large plate with paper towels.
  • Dip tofu pieces into milk mixture, then dredge in flour blend. Tap pieces on side of bowl to shake off excess flour, then dip in milk and dredge in flour a second time. Shake off any excess flour.
    Tofu in breading mixture in white bowl
  • Place battered tofu in oil and fry until golden brown, approximately 6 to 7 minutes, turning every 2 minutes or so.
  • Transfer fried tofu to wire cooling rack. Repeat until all tofu has been fried. Let cool and serve warm.
    Vegan fried chicken on white plate with paper towel


  • Make it Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free all-purpose flour.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving out of 4 using the ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1443mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 698IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 5mg | Net Carbs: 60g