Kentucky fried seitan

Use a tofu substitute to make this addictive crispy fried ‘chicken’. Try this delicious vegan party food with BBQ sauce, or in a bun with salad or coleslaw

  • Prep:45 mins
    Cook:50 mins
    (plus optional overnight chilling)
  • Serves 6
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 777
  • fat 15g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 97g
  • sugars 3g
  • fibre 10g
  • protein 59g
  • salt 3.62g


  • 250g firm tofu
  • 150ml unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp Marmite
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 160g wheat gluten
  • 40g pea proteinor vegan protein powder
  • 1½ litres vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • handful parsleystalks
  • 300g gram flour
  • 350g plain flour
  • vegetable or sunflower oilfor frying
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp celery salt
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tsp white pepper
  • 3 tsp dried mustard
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp dried sage
  • 4 tsp dried garlic powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 200g panko breadcrumbs


  1. First, make the seitan. Blitz the tofu, soy milk, miso, marmite, tarragon, sage, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp white pepper in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Tip into a bowl and add the wheat gluten and pea protein or protein powder. Mix to form a dough. Once it has come together, give it a really good knead, stretching and tearing for 10-15 mins. It will be ready when the seitan feels springy.

  3. Pour the veg stock into a pan with the onion, garlic and parsley stalks. Bring to a simmer. Flatten out the seitan to 1cm in thickness, and chop into chicken-breast-sized chunks. Simmer these in the stock for 30 mins, covered with a lid. Allow to cool in the stock. Ideally do this the day before and chill in the fridge. These can also be frozen if you wish. 

  4. Mix the spice coating ingredients in one bowl. Place the gram flour in another and the plain flour in a third. Mix enough water into the gram flour until it has a texture similar to beaten egg. Dip the seitan pieces in the plain flour, shake off the excess, then coat each piece in the gram flour mixture and finally in the panko spice mix.

  5. In a large frying pan or deep fat fryer, heat the oil to 180C (or until a piece of bread browns in 20 seconds). Once it's hot, carefully drop in the seitan pieces and cook for 6 mins or so, until they are dark golden brown and crispy. Transfer to kitchen paper to drain off the excess oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Serve in toasted buns with salad or slaw, or alternatively as mock chicken dippers with BBQ sauce. 

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