Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vegan Fried Chicken

Vegan Fried Chicken
Whether we like it or not fried food is a comfort food and in moderation it is a nice thing to have from time to time. Being vegan doesn't mean we don't indulge in fried items and like to have that same homey feel with our meals as well. This recipe is a classic that we all know and crave from time to time and this classic will help indulge that craving for a fried delight. This recipe has classic simple flavors that you can change up and a perfect "egg" wash. Which makes for an extra crispy vegan chicken that you can serve with your favorite sides and enjoy any night. Enjoy!

Vegan Fried Chicken

Ingredients

Egg Wash
The Veggs (2 tsp & 1/2 cup hot water)
1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce (Frank's) 

Flour Dredge
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cups flour
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika 
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Frying
Frying oil
4 vegan chicken cutlets/scallopinis, thawed (Gardein)

Directions
In a food processor mix The Veggs and water together until it is combines and no lumps, add hot sauce and process to combine. Remove from the processor onto a plate and set "egg" wash aside. Combine the flour dredge on another large plate and set aside.

Heat oil that comes just 1/3-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy fry pan. Heat it on  medium/high heat to 350 degrees. Use a deep frying thermometer to check temperature. The oil should pop loudly when a sprinkle a little water over the top.

Dip each of the 4 cutlets in the flour dredge, then dip them into the "egg" wash, and back into the flour. Press down and around the sides of the cutlet to work the flour over The Vegg and coat the cutlet. Gently place 1 to 2 at a time into the hot oil. BE VERY CAREFUL with the oil. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until breading is set and golden brown. Gently turn them with tongs and frying spider. 




Carefully remove them from the skillet and drain on a platter lined with paper towels. Sprinkle each cutlet with a little salt and continue cooking each cutlet. Let oil reheat and repeat process for each.
Once cutlets are all done, serve with your favorite sides. Enjoy!




-Amy