8 Best Vegetarian and Vegan "Chicken" Recipes

Even vegetarians and vegans who don't generally like mock meats quickly discover that they are big fans of vegan chicken substitutes! So give a few of these dishes a try and see if you don't just agree! Mock chicken and soy vegan chicken can be wonderfully sneaky, as it lends itself well to satisfying - sometimes even fooling- the staunchest meat-eaters. From deep-fried soy chicken nuggets to soothing and traditional vegetarian "chicken" soup, going vegetarian (or vegan) doesn't have to mean giving up some of your favorite dishes.

  • 01 of 08

    Southern Fried Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets

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    It's no secret that deep-fried anything is usually delicious, and truth be told, these deep-fried Southern-style vegetarian "chicken" nuggets made from seitan are out-of-this-world good. Even the staunchest meat-eaters will approve of this recipe. Just be sure to maintain medium-hot oil temperature. Otherwise, your nuggets will be burnt and brown instead of crispy and golden brown. 

  • 02 of 08

    Chinese Kung Pao Tofu

    Kung Pao Tofu

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    You've heard of Chinese kung pao chicken, but have you ever tried kung pao tofu? Use traditional Chinese ingredients to make a vegan chicken-free kung pao tofu with all the flavors of kung pao chicken.

  • 03 of 08

    Breaded Tofu Nuggets

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    A lower fat version of the deep-fried seitan recipe below, soy-based vegan chicken nuggets are relatively low in fat and healthy enough to eat every day. Kid-friendly tofu nuggets are reminiscent of chicken nuggets and can be dipped in ketchup, barbecue sauce or ranch dressing.

  • 04 of 08

    Tofu Orange Chicken

    Orange tofu with fava bean salad

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    Like Asian-style orange chicken? Try this vegetarian tofu version with all the same yummy flavors. You could also try this recipe with chunks of fried seitan for a chewier vegetarian faux chicken recipe.

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  • 05 of 08

    Spicy Seitan "Buffalo Wings"

    Making vegetarian buffalo wings can be prepared much the same way as with real chicken. The chicken substitute, seitan, is coated with spices, fried, then coated once more with spicy hot sauce. These vegetarian buffalo wings are nice and greasy, just like the real thing, so serve with plenty of napkins!
    See also: Tofu hot wings

  • 06 of 08

    Vegetarian Mock Chicken Salad

    A variety of faux chicken salads

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    Made with vegetarian chicken-style deli slices, this soy chicken salad recipe, pictured, is full of flavor and looks gorgeous served on a bed of crisp green lettuce. Or, make into a sandwich by serving on toasted bread or a soft roll. Most vegetarian deli slices are made with a combination of soy and wheat gluten.
    See also: Tempeh chicken salad

  • 07 of 08

    Vegetarian "Chicken" Pot Pie

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    For a vegetarian main dish, try this vegetarian pot pie recipe filled with vegan "chicken," veggies, and savory spices. You'll find it's just as hearty and filling as any other pot pie, yet much lower in fat and cholesterol-free.

  • 08 of 08

    Barbecue "Chicken" Wing Pizza

    Grilled Chicken Carbonara Flatbread Pizza

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    When it comes to satisfying cravings for meat, it doesn't get much better than this barbecue "chicken" wing pizza, made with store-bought vegan barbecue chicken wings, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and garnished with fresh chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime. It's got lots of texture and lots of chewy vegetarian "chicken." See also: More vegetarian and vegan pizzas