Chick-Fil-A Clone Re-imagined With Tofu
This popcorn tofu is a good solution for those times that you want some Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets but want to eat compassionately. No, you did not read that wrong. I made a vegan popcorn chicken recipe using tofu that tastes similar to Chick-Fil-A chicken and it was pretty darn good, even though it was meat-free.
Want to know what inspired me? (Warning: some may find the following photos disturbing.)
I saw this while driving home one day.
Eggs and cracked eggs everywhere.
I am not a vegetarian – yet, but when I see these trucks it makes me wish that I was. I like my chickens to have a good life – cage-free, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free. I doubt that these were. These girls could end up anywhere, including one of my favorite fast food joints.
I had some of my batter that I use to make my Chick-Fil-A clone and decided to try some tofu nuggets.
I used an organic tofu made with non-GMO soybeans. An 8-ounce container has 2.5 servings, each with only 100 calories and 11 grams of protein. Don’t ask how many total calories this has or how many Weight Watcher points. I have no clue. But if you are limiting your meat or are a vegan, this would be a great substitute.
How did I make this? Simply by substituting tofu for chicken in the Chick-Fil-A clone recipe that you will find here.
- 8 ounces Tofu, drained
- peanut oil
- 2 cups dry pancake mix
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp basil
- Pickle Juice
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large container and set aside.
- Soak tofu in pickle juice and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- When it is time to fry:
- Place peanut or vegetable oil in large skillet and heat to 350 degrees.
- Drain tofu and coat each piece with dry batter.
- Fry for approximately 4-6 minutes until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1203mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g
Here is what the recipe looks like made with the real thing (chicken):
I think that the tofu looks pretty much like the real (clone) thing, don’t you? The texture is a little bit different, but until there is real Chick-Fil-A tofu on the menu, these vegan tofu chicken nuggets are a great substitute.