My Smothered Vegan Fried Chicken Tofu is one of those comfort dishes that is a keeper. It is perfect for bringing that home-cooked flavor to all your special meals! The inspiration to create a vegan version came to me when I saw a photo of a smothered chicken recipe, and right away I wanted to recreate it for the holiday season. I know a lot of my readers who have transitioned to a plant-based diet are missing dishes like this one that they ate and enjoyed all their life.

Originally published November 24th, 2017.

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 Vegan Fried Chicken (Tofu)

To make my Smothered Vegan Fried Chicken Tofu 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!

Vegan Smothered Tofu 'Chicken'

What Is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos?

Liquid aminos, like soy sauce or tamari, are made with soybeans. It adds the “umami” or savory flavor profile that is essential to adding depth for many recipes. I also use it in place of some salt, since it not only adds saltiness but also flavor.

Liquid aminos also have the amino acids that are present in soybeans that are necessary for vegans to eat. I love ingredients that improve my food while also adding nutritional benefits.

Unlike many common soy sauces, Bragg’s liquid aminos are gluten-free. I love using it, for this reason, I never need to check the label, however, if you do not have access to liquid aminos there are specifically gluten-free soy sauces you can use instead.

If you are looking for a non-soy-based alternative, there are aminos made from coconut. It isn’t made from the actual coconut that you may be thinking of, but actually the sap of the coconut tree. It has that same umami flavor, similar to soy sauce, while also being vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free.

What Are Nutritional Yeast Flakes?

When one mentions yeast, you will usually think of the tan granules used to make bread and other wheat-based bread products. However, nutritional yeast flakes are something completely different.

Although all three common yeasts are made from the same species, unlike brewer’s and baker’s, nutritional yeast is not left alive. It doesn’t have the same function as those and is manufactured specifically to be for food.

Nutritional yeast adds umami, savory or cheesy flavor, making it one of my favorite seasonings to add an extra “something” to my dishes.

But just like many of my ingredients, it is secretly a powerhouse. Nutritional yeast flakes contain all nine essential amino acids that you must intake, making it what is known as a complete protein. This can be rare, especially for vegans, making it an easy way to make sure you have no deficiencies.

Moreover, it contains vitamin B12 and other B vitamins in fact. Vitamin B12 is most commonly found in eggs, dairy, or meat, meaning that many vegans have a B12 deficiency if they aren’t careful.

Being deficient in vitamin B12 makes you feel sluggish and mentally foggy, which can be quoted as the reasoning for why some people’s vegan journeys fail. Adding nutritional yeast to your diet is extremely easy, as it can be added to most savory dishes quite easily, possibly eliminating the need for expensive supplements.

Smothered Tofu Chicken recipe

Vegan Fried Chicken Tofu Recipe

  • Extra-Firm Tofu
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Lemon Juice
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Gluten-Free Flour
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Ground Paprika
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Ground Ginger
  • Dried Thyme
  • Organic Cane Sugar
  • Sea Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Oil for frying

Vegan Gravy Recipe

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Bell Pepper
  • Gluten-Free Flour
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Sea Salt

How To Make Smothered Vegan Fried Chicken Tofu?

  1. Toss the tofu cubes with Bragg’s liquid aminos and marinate for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Combine almond milk, lemon juice, and tapioca starch in a small bowl and set aside. This will become your vegan buttermilk.
  3. To prepare the breading, mix gluten-free flour, nutritional yeast flakes, paprika, rosemary, ginger, thyme, sugar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the marinated tofu with vegan buttermilk, then dip into breading and lightly fry the tofu pieces until golden brown and crispy. Remove the fried tofu, and set it aside while you prepare the gravy.
  5. If you prefer to bake your tofu: Preheat the oven to 400℉. Place the seasoned and breaded tofu pieces in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy.
  6. Add extra oil to the skillet if needed, cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic on one half of the skillet, and gluten-free flour on the other half, for about 2-3 minutes. Add nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  7. Stir in vegetable broth or water and Bragg’s liquid until a smooth gravy is formed. You might need a whisk if there are lumps. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Add the fried tofu to the gravy and stir to coat fully, being careful not to over stir. Remove from heat and serve while warm.

More Vegan Soul Food Recipes:

Gluten-Free Biscuits and Gravy

Southern-Style Coleslaw

Southern-Style Collard Greens

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Vegan Green Beans And Potatoes

Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Baked Candied Yams

Smothered Tofu Chicken

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Nutrition

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

Cook 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. 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. 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, RN

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.