Smothered Tofu ‘Chicken’ Recipe


This SMOTHERED TOFU CHICKEN RECIPE is my latest creation that has me coming back for more. They are the ultimate comfort dish, crispy seasoned tofu cubes lightly fried or baked and then smothered in a flavorful homemade gravy!

Vegan Smothered Tofu 'Chicken'

The first time I made it, I served it with my SOUTHERN-STYLE COLLARD GREENS and my MASHED POTATOES without the caramelized onions  The second time I made it, I served it with my MAC AND CHEESE and GREEN BEANS. It was so delicious that I just had to share the recipe!

Smothered Tofu Chicken recipe

My SMOTHERED TOFU ‘CHICKEN’ RECIPE is one of those comfort dishes that is a keeper, perfect for the holiday season with the homecooked flavor! The inspiration came to me to create a vegan version when I saw a photo of a smothered chicken recipe, right away I wanted to recreate it for the holiday season. I know a lot of my readers, since transitioning to a plant-based diet are missing dishes like this one that they ate and enjoyed all their life.

Smothered Tofu Chicken

To make my SMOTHERED TOFU ‘CHICKEN’ RECIPE, marinate tofu in Bragg’s liquid aminos or soy sauce, then dip it into a vegan ‘buttermilk’ batter, next dip the cubes into seasoned breading and lightly fry or bake tofu until crispy. The final step is to smother tofu with homemade gravy!

The gluten-free flour I used was Bob’s Red Mill Gf Sweet White Sorghum Flour.


For: 4 servings


    1. Toss tofu cubes with Bragg's liquid aminos and marinate for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
    2. Meanwhile, prepare the buttermilk and breading
    3. Combine almond milk, lemon juice and tapioca starch in a small bowl and set aside.
    4. To prepare the breading: Mix gluten-free flour, nutritional yeast flakes, paprika, rosemary, ginger, thyme, sugar, salt, pepper in a medium bowl and set aside
    Tofu 'Chicken'
    1. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high. Coat marinated tofu with vegan buttermilk then dip into breading and lightly fry tofu until golden brown and crispy. Remove fried tofu and set aside while you prepare the gravy,
    2. If you prefer to bake tofu: Preheat oven 400 degree F. Place seasoned tofu in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy
    Homemade Gravy
    1. Add extra oil to the skillet as needed, cook onion and garlic on one half of skillet and gluten-free flour on the other half, about 2-3 minutes. Add nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder, onion powder. Stir in vegetable broth or water and Bragg's liquid until a smooth gravy is formed, you might need a whisk.Season with salt to taste.
    2. Add fried tofu to the gravy and stir to coat fully, remove from heat. Don't over stir.

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      this was great!!!! i’ve put it in the oven and did not fry the tofu and did not put a lot of oil in my gravy and it was perfect!!! Miam, this is going on my comfort food list to remake!!! thanks.

    1. Wow! This recipe was really great! Colorado is having a wicked cold snap and comfort food was just what we needed. I paired this with slow cooked spicy collards and vegan cornbread. No joke, I could eat this every day! Thanks for sharing!

      • Michelle Blackwood

        That’s awesome, so happy you loved it Meg and I love collards and cornbread, Colorado sounds cold, we are expecting a cold snap here in Florida as well.

      • Michelle Blackwood

        Lori you can blend sunflower seed or pumpkin seed with water to create your own nut-free milk, soymilk is also nut-free

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