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Popcorn Tofu – A Vegan Recipe For Omnivores

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Chick-Fil-A Clone Re-imagined With Tofu

popcorn tofu that tastes like Chick-Fil-A

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.)

Chickens being transportedI saw this while driving home one day. 

Chickens laying eggs in transportation cratesEggs 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.

Yield: 4

Popcorn Tofu

Popcorn 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. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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


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

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1203mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g

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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.


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The best method I found for making tofu have a meaty texture is to rinse it good, no draining needed, freeze it, then boil it. You can boil it with seasonings for extra flavor or freeze it with your seasoning if you prepAre ahead of time...


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Recently a started to drained my tofu before I cook it, it make all the diffrence! Texture is a lot better and taking the water out also help the tofu to absorb flavours! (Sorry for my english) I suggest you to go take a look on youtube!