Crispy Tofu Nuggets Vegan Chicken Nuggets

plant based chicken nuggets

If you’re looking for a delicious plant-based alternative to traditional chicken nuggets, tofu nuggets are the perfect answer! They are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with flavor. In this article, we’ll explore the wonders of Vegan Chicken Nuggets and a step-by-step guide on how to make them at home.

What Are Tofu Nuggets?

Understanding Tofu

Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a versatile soy-based protein made from condensed soy milk. It’s a popular ingredient in vegetarian and vegan cooking due to its mild flavor and ability to absorb seasonings and marinades.

The Appeal of Tofu Nuggets

Vegan Chicken Nuggets take the concept of traditional chicken nuggets and transform them into a healthier, cruelty-free option. They offer a satisfying crunch and can be customized with various spices and dipping sauces.

Ingredients & Substitutions

To make Vegan Chicken Nuggets, you’ll need:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (or substitute crushed cornflakes for a gluten-free option)
  • A little spray of avocado oil (optional)

Wet Mixture

  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2-3 tbsp plain plant milk
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Black pepper to taste

Helpful Tools

To prepare tofu nuggets, gather these essential tools:

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Shallow dishes for coating
  • Oven (preheated to 400°F)

How To Make These Tofu Nuggets Recipe

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Drain and press the tofu to remove excess moisture, then tear it into bite-sized pieces.

tofu nuggets ripped into pieces

Creating the Wet Mixture

In a shallow dish, combine cornstarch, plant milk, soy sauce, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper to create a thick batter.

spices for vegan chicken nuggets

Coating with Breadcrumbs

Place panko breadcrumbs in another shallow dish.

whisking the vegan chicken nugget batter

Dip each tofu piece into the wet mixture, then coat evenly with breadcrumbs.

tofu nuggets ready for batter
tofu nuggets dipped in batter
tofu nuggets breaded

Baking the Nuggets

breaded tofu nuggets on baking sheet

Arrange coated tofu pieces on the prepared baking sheet.

tofu nuggets baked

For a crispier texture, lightly spray with avocado oil.

baked tofu nuggets

Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.

vegan chicken nuggets recipe

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Tofu Nuggets

FAQs: Vegan Chicken Nugget Recipe

Can I use a different type of tofu for this recipe?

Yes, you can use firm or extra-firm tofu based on your texture preference.

How do I make the tofu nuggets gluten-free?

Substitute panko breadcrumbs with crushed cornflakes or gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Can I air-fry the tofu nuggets instead of baking them?

Yes, air-frying is another great option for achieving a crispy texture with less oil.

plant based chicken nuggets

Tofu Nuggets Vegan Chicken Nugget Recipe

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside—learn how to make flavorful tofu nuggets with this simple, plant-based recipe. Vegan alternative to chicken nuggets.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Wet Mixture

  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2-3 tbsp plain plant milk
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Tear the tofu into bite sized pieces. Tearing it will create a lot of ridges that help the sauce stick. (see photos for reference)
  • In a shallow dish, make your wet mixture by combining cornstarch, plant milk, soy sauce, paprika, garlic powder and black pepper. Start with 2 tbsp of plant milk and add more only if needed. This mixture should be quite thick, but not so thick that you can't dip your tofu pieces.
  • In a second shallow dish, add the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Dip each piece of tofu into the wet mixture, then into the panko bread crumbs. Place each nugget directly onto the parchment paper.
  • Optional: For a crispier texture, lightly spray the nuggets with a little avocado oil.
  • Bake the tofu nuggets at 400 for 30 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Serve with your favourite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Notes

Tip: for the BEST texture, try freezing then thawing your tofu before making this recipe. This totally changes the texture and makes it more “meaty”. 
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Conclusion: Tofu Nuggets

Tofu nuggets are a delightful, vegan snack or meal option that satisfies cravings for crunchy, savory bites. With this recipe, you can enjoy a healthier alternative to traditional nuggets while embracing the benefits of plant-based eating.

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