Creamy Vegan Chicken and Rice

Creamy vegan chicken and rice recipe

The Spruce / Anastasiia Tretiak

  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings

You don't have to be an omnivore to appreciate a delicious dish of comforting "chick'n" and rice. Just like the traditional version, this vegan-friendly recipe is chock full of creamy sauce as well as toothsome vegetables and tofu for texture. A perfect pick me up for a chilly evening!

This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and frozen as well. To thaw, simply warm in a saucepan (along with a touch of non-dairy milk) until it reaches the desired temperature.

Ingredients

  • For the Rice:
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable bouillon
  • 5 cups water
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cube or teaspoon chicken-flavored vegetable bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 block extra-firm silken tofu
  • For the Tofu:
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary (minced)
  • Dash of salt to taste
  • For the Veggies:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups portobello mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup carrot (diced)
  • 1 cup asparagus (chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for vegan creamy chicken and rice
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  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  3. To drain the tofu: Wrap the tofu in a clean dish towel and place a plate on top. Place a heavy can or similar item on top of the plate to weigh it down, and let drain for 20 minutes.

    Drain tofu
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  4. Add 2 cubes of vegetable bouillon to the 5 cups of water.

    Add bouillon to pot
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  5. Cook rice according to package directions, using the vegetable bouillon.

    Cook rice
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  6. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat, then add the vegetables.

    Heat vegetables in pan
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  7. Cover and cook until carrots are soft, salt to taste, then set aside until ready to use.

    Cover and cook
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  8. Slice the tofu about 1/2 inch thick. Mix olive oil and sage together and brush onto tofu slices, then transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet.

    Tofu
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  9. Roast the tofu for about 30 minutes or until firm and browned on both sides. Remove from the oven, let cool, then cut into bite-sized pieces.

    Roast tofu
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  10. Make the sauce by combining all “sauce” ingredients into a food processor. Blend until very smooth. Set aside.

    Make sauce
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  11. Once the rice is finished cooking, combine everything together with the rice in the pot. Warm on low heat if needed. Serve hot.

    Add tofu to rice
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  12. Enjoy!

    Creamy chicken and rice
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Recipe Variation

  • Add an extra 1/2 block of silken tofu, 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, and 1/2 cube more bouillon if you want the dish to be extra creamy.