Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Vegan Chicken Nuggets


(updated 28th September 2020)

- Media Credit: Plantifully Based
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  • 1 block of frozen and thawed will explain in directions firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Freeze your tofu. You will need to do this at least 1 day in advance. Take the whole package do not open it and put it in the freezer.
  • Allow to freeze completely and then thaw completely before using.
  • Preheat your oven to 425F prior to using.
  • Once the tofu has thawed, you will need to press it. Frozen tofu retains a lot more water than unfrozen tofu. So do not be afraid to give it a good press and really get all the water out.
  • Make the breadcrumb mixture by adding breadcrumbs, salt, nutritional yeast and paprika to a dish. Mix well.
  • Cut the tofu in half so you now have two big squares. Then you can break off pieces of the tofu or cut it. I think breaking it makes for a more authentic chicken nugget shape.
  • Coat the tofu in breadcrumbs. They will stick to the tofu because it will still be slightly wet.
  • Line up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and flip.
  • Then generously coat the tofu in oil (I used olive oil).
  • Bake for another 15-20 minutes. Tofu should be very crispy and golden when done.
  • Pair with your favorite sauces (I did ketchup and a mix of vegan mayo and hot sauce) and some fries.
This recipe was republished with permission from Plantifully Based. Find the original recipe here.
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