Chicken nuggets, without the chicken? You’re probably wondering how that’s even possible, well this recipe is a vegan-friendly alternative to chicken nuggets. Although it doesn’t taste exactly like real chicken nuggets, they are a lot healthier and less processed, and they also contain plant-based protein as opposed to animal protein.
Obviously, you can’t eat “chicken” nuggets without ketchup, so I also created a homemade ketchup recipe. Most store bought ketchup has high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, and preservatives, so making your own is definitely the best way to go.
1 package organic tofu (extra firm)
1/4 cup gluten-free flour
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp. dijion mustard
1 Tbsp. cajun seasoning
1 tsp. cumin
1. Open up your tofu and pour out all of the liquid that it’s packaged in. Next, take a few paper towels and wrap the tofu in them, gently pressing out the moisture. Chop up the tofu into small cubes.
2. Now it’s time to prepare your batter for the tofu. Simply put all of the other ingredients in a bowl and whisk until completely combined.
3. Drop your tofu cubes into the batter and lightly toss them until they are coated.
4. Heat up a large sauté pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray (I used Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray).
5. Transfer your tofu cubes from the batter bowl to the sauté pan and let them cook for about five minutes, then flip them.
6. Once the nuggets have browned and become crisp, put them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in a 425 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes to let the nuggets get fully baked and more crisp.
Now, time to make the ketchup!
1/4 cup tomato paste (make sure there is no salt added)
3 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. liquid aminos
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
2 drops of liquid stevia (or 2 tsp. sugar)
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. black pepper
Simply whisk all the ingredients together, and store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to a month!