Smothered Tofu ‘Chicken’ Recipe

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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!

Smothered Tofu ‘Chicken’ Recipe

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.

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Nutrition

Energy:
250 kcal / 1045 kJ
Fat:
15 g
Protein:
6 g
Carbs:
15 g
Per 100g

Cooking Time

Preparation:
30 min
Cooking:
30 min
Ready in:
1 h
For:
4 servings

Ingredients

Tofu Chicken

Gravy

Instructions

  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
  5. 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,
  6. 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
  7. Add extra oil to the skillet as needed, cook onion, bell pepper 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.
  8. Add fried tofu to the gravy and stir to coat fully, remove from heat. Don't over stir.

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Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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41 Comments
  1. Liz
    October 7, 2019

    Made this for my work lunches this week. BOMB! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Kelley Di Fiore
    September 1, 2019

    This is absolutely amazing! I made it and the entire time eating it, my boyfriend only talked about how much he loved it. Thank you!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 1, 2019

      Kelley, I’m so happy you and your boyfriend loved it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  3. Sruthi
    June 25, 2019

    This is really tasty. My whole family, including my little one, loves it!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 25, 2019

      That’s wonderful, I’m happy to hear your whole family enjoyed it. It’s one of my family’s favorite as well.

  4. Sruthi
    April 11, 2019

    Super yummy recipe! Thank you!

  5. Auset
    December 11, 2018

    I was so nervous when I decided to prepare this meal for my famy, especially the gravy. This turned out to be so delicious in every way, I am so happily amazed. It was very flavorful. Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe, we loved it.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 11, 2018

      Auset, happy it turned out well and you and your family loved it. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  6. Nancy
    November 15, 2018

    This was delicious! The gravy is incredible! I was thinking of slicing the tofu lengthwise so it’s like slices of turkey and having it for Thanksgiving. Do you think that would work? I would love to print this recipe out but it keeps saying I’m blocked from printing it. That would be my only complaint.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 15, 2018

      Nancy, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for your great feedback. Absolutely, you can serve it for Thanksgiving. Later on today I’m actually posting my Tofu Turkey recipe, so if you check back you can decide either way it will be great. Happy Thanksgiving! I just checked and I was able to print a recipe so I’m not sure why you are blocked.

  7. Robin
    November 10, 2018

    This looks amazing, but wondering if you have a recommendation to replace or eliminate the oil? Thanks!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 10, 2018

      Bake the tofu at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes instead of frying. Make the gravy without oil, toast the flour in a pan until brown, in another pan, saute the bell pepper and garlic in vegetable broth. Add vegetable broth to toasted flour while stirring with a whisk until thick and creamy. Add remaining ingredients.

  8. Jennifer
    October 30, 2018

    I made this dish tonight and it was so flavorful. I’ve been vegan for a year and this is, by far, the best vegan dish I’ve ever made. I never comment on recipes, but I just had to on this one. Amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 30, 2018

      Jennifer I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave feedback. I really appreciate it.

  9. Barb
    October 16, 2018

    Wow, you are a culinary genius. This is comfort food at its finest ! Thx for giving

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 16, 2018

      Barb thank you so much for your kind words, I’m happy you like it.

  10. Lyn
    October 2, 2018

    I made this last night with mashed potatoes and sautéed shaved brussel sprouts. tofu flavor was really good. Used a different gravy recipe due to time but next time I will try this one. Gotta day I was impressed. Thanks for sharing.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 2, 2018

      Lyn, thank you for your feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed it, I definitely hope you try my gravy next time.

  11. Ann
    September 20, 2018

    I tried the tofu and gravy tonight over brown rice and it was unbelievably delicious! It was very reminiscent of the fried chicken I use to eat back in the day! Thank you for sharing your culinary gifts with us!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 21, 2018

      Ann, thank you very much for your wonderful feedback. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it and it brings back memories.

  12. Patricia Hall
    July 29, 2018

    This looks like it would be really really good over polenta. I think I am going to try this over that.

  13. Julianne
    June 6, 2018

    Love! Served over biscuits and rice because I ran out of time, but definitely making again!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 6, 2018

      Thank you Julianne for your feedback, I’m so happy you loved it.

  14. Lexi
    April 11, 2018

    Made tonight for dinner and my husband was in heaven! This will definitely be a staple in our home, especially for holidays!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 11, 2018

      That’s great news Lexi, I’m so happy you and your hubby loved it. It tastes amazing with my green beans and mac and cheese recipes.

  15. Joys Maclaurin
    March 29, 2018

    This sounds delicious. It’s going to be my dinner tonight. Was wondering, how’d you get the tofu to look like chicken??

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 29, 2018

      Thank you Joys, hope you enjoy. If you add the Bragg’s liquid aminos to it and pan fry it or my favorite way is to bake it in the oven before you proceed with any recipe then it will have the best texture and taste.

  16. Kavan
    March 8, 2018

    I’m confused. Is it buttermilk or almondmilk. Please clarify. Thanks in advance

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 8, 2018

      Vegan buttermilk is the combination of almond milk plus lemon juice.

  17. Curio Cook
    February 15, 2018

    This looks sooooooooooooooooo awesome. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 15, 2018

      Thank you Curio, please enjoy!

  18. melissa
    December 13, 2017

    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.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 13, 2017

      Awesome Melissa, thank you for your feedback. I’m so happy you loved it!

  19. Meg
    December 5, 2017

    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
      December 5, 2017

      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.

  20. Lori
    November 25, 2017

    What could you use to replace almond milk if you are allergic to all nuts?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 25, 2017

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

  21. Ramong Brown
    November 25, 2017

    Can you give us a vegan breakfast pattie recipe.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 25, 2017

      I will do Ramong, I have a vegan breakfast sausage patty recipe in my cookbook.