Vegetarian Soy Chicken Recipes

Vegan chicken tikka masala
Vegan chicken tikka masala. Miikka H / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr

If you're vegan or vegetarian, understanding how to recreate chicken dishes to fit your new eating lifestyle is essential to your ability to stick to it and be successful. This list of vegetarian soy chicken recipes offers versatile ways to cook faux chicken recipes using soy. Below you'll find both vegetarian and vegan soy chicken recipes using tofu, seitan (wheat gluten), or store-bought mock chicken or pre-packaged vegetarian soy chicken.

Buying and Making Vegetarian and Vegan Mock Meat

Many mock meat recipes exist online, and once you choose the ingredient you like most, you can enhance both store-bought and your own homemade mock meats. There are seasonings, vegan and vegetarians broths, and dry mock meat options that can make your soy chicken taste even better. 

Most of these recipes can be made vegan as well, just make sure that your vegetarian soy chicken, if store bought, is egg-free and dairy-free. Some store-bought mock chicken products are soy-based, whereas wheat gluten is the main ingredient of others.

Vegetarian Soy Chicken Recipes

  • Southern Fried Vegetarian "Chicken" Although this recipe calls for seitan, you could also use tofu or a store bought soy chicken.
  • Vegetarian Tempeh Mock Chicken Salad Using all the familiar ingredients - mayonnaise, celery, and some spices - this vegetarian tempeh "chicken" salad tastes quite similar to the real thing but is much lower in fat and cholesterol.
  • Vegetarian Chicken Pot Pie Use store-bought mock meat and puff pastry to make this healthy vegetarian and vegan entree.
  • Kung Pao Tofu Yes, that's Chinese kung pao tofu, not kung pao chicken!
  • Soy Chicken Fajitas An easy Mexican fajitas recipe using vegetarian "chicken" and bell peppers.
  • Breaded Tofu "Chicken" Nuggets This recipe will work best if your tofu is well-pressed. Serve with ketchup or barbecue sauce for a very satisfying soy-based mock chicken nugget!
  • Orange-glazed tofu If you miss orange glazed chicken, try this tofu version for all the same lip-smacking sticky flavors.
  • Vegetarian "Chicken" Pate Vegetarian pate is usually made from mushrooms, nuts, and perhaps some bread crumbs or crackers as well, but this version starts with mock chicken.
  • Vegetarian Soy Chicken Salad Recipe This recipe uses vegetarian soy chicken deli slices, available at most health foods stores and larger well-stocked grocery stores to create a satisfying vegetarian chicken salad sandwich. Using vegan mayonnaise will make this mock "chicken" salad vegan as well.