Vegan Chicken Nuggets

This is not health food but vegan junk food that tastes so good. For those who are craving fried chicken, this recipe will certainly satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more. There are several commercial vegan chicken products on the market but now you get to make your own in the comfort of your kitchen.

I have made Baked Tofu Nuggets, Baked Cauliflower Nuggets but today I’m going out of my norm to share with you my vegan fried chicken, I must say that I didn’t use a lot of oil, I used these non-stick pans to cook my vegan chicken.

What is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a large fruit that originates from South India, it is now grown in African and the Caribbean. The fruit is the largest tree growing fruit in the world and

the fruits can weigh up to 100 pounds. Jackfruit is green, oblong with bumpy skin with string yellow flesh surrounding a creamy yellow bulb that is sweet and tastes like a banana/mango/pineapple when ripened.

The unripened green jackfruit has a cream colored flesh and is firm, it is now popular here in the USA as a meat substitute because it soaks up the flavors of herbs and spices. Its stringy flesh when cooked makes it a perfect substitute for pulled pork or shredded chicken.

Where Can I Purchase Jackfruit?

Jackfruit can be found whole, in slices, frozen, or in cans at Asian, Caribbean or Latino grocery stores or in health food stores. I prefer to use the cans, you can find them on Amazon.

To make the vegan chicken, I use young green jackfruit,

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

How To Make Vegan Jackfruit Nuggets

  1. Drain jackfruit and place in a skillet with vegetable broth, garlic, and salt.
  2. Cook jackfruit on medium-high until liquid evaporated has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the vegan buttermilk and set aside.
  4. Prepare the breading.
  5. Dip a piece of jackfruit in the buttermilk then dredge it with the breading to coat. Repeat until all the jackfruit is coated with the breading.
  6. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high, add breaded jackfruit pieces and cook until brown, turn over pieces and cook until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Drain on paper towel and serve while hot.

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Vegan Jackfruit Nuggets, with ketchup on a white plate on a white background

Vegan Jackfruit Nuggets

These Vegan Jackfruit Nuggets are so easy to prepare; young green jackfruit pieces are dipped in buttermilk and breaded with the most amazing and flavorful breading, then fried to perfection, leaving a juicy, delicious, and crisp vegan chicken that is so indulgent. This recipe is also gluten-free.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan Jackfruit Nuggets
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 190kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Jackfruit

  • 1 20-ounce cans of young jackfruit in brine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • oil for frying

Vegan Buttermilk

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Breading

  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free flour (I used Krusteaz brand)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt adjust to taste

Instructions

To Marinate The Jackfruit

  • Drain jackfruit and place in a large skillet with vegetable broth, garlic, and salt. Cook jackfruit over medium-high until the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.

Prepare The Buttermilk

  • Mix almond milk and lemon juice in a medium bowl and sit for 5 minutes.

To Prepare The Breading

  • Combine flour, cornstarch, yeast flakes, onion powder, ground paprika, smoked paprika, baking powder, ginger, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.

To Make Vegan Jackfruit Nuggets

  • Dip a jackfruit in the buttermilk, then dredge it with the breading to coat. Repeat until all the jackfruit is coated with the breading.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add breaded jackfruit pieces and cook until brown. Turn over pieces and cook until golden brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel and serve while hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1879mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 992IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 3mg