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Easy Popcorn Tofu Recipe

These popcorn tofu nuggets are a good alternative to chicken. Coated in seasoned pancake mix and fried, they taste similar to Chick-Fil-A nuggets.

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.

popcorn tofu that tastes like Chick-Fil-A

Want to know what inspired me?  (Warning:  some may find the following photos disturbing.)

Chickens being transported

I saw this while driving home one day. 

Chickens laying eggs in transportation crates

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 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 To Make Popcorn Tofu

For this fun vegan dish, you need the following ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Tofu, drained
  • 2 cups 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

To make it, start by soaking the tofu in pickle juice and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Next, combine all of the dry ingredients in a large container and set aside.

When it is time to fry, place peanut or vegetable oil in a large skillet and heat the oil to 350 degrees.

Drain the tofu and coat each piece with dry batter.

Fry for approximately 4-6 minutes until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.

Popcorn Tofu

Lynda
This popcorn tofu is a good solution for those times that you want some Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets but want to eat compassionately. 
4.24 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces Tofu drained
  • 2 cups peanut oil

Breading

  • 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

Brine

  • Pickle Juice

Instructions
 

  • Soak tofu in pickle juice and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large container and set aside.
  • When it is time to fry, place peanut or vegetable oil in a large skillet and heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Drain the tofu and coat each piece with dry batter.
  • Fry for approximately 4-6 minutes until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1203mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7g
Keyword popcorn nuggets, vegan
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Here is what the recipe looks like made with the real thing (chicken):

Chick-fil-A Clone

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.

popcorn tofu nuggets

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