Spicy Chicken Fried Tofu Sandwiches

Spicy Chicken Fried Tofu Sandwiches

We wanted to make these vegan chicken sandwiches because we were missing the non-vegan fastfood version!

We love eating healthy vegan food and we love eating vegan junk food ?‍♀️

Something to be said about balance.

This sandwich can be compared to Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich or the one from KFC. The spices, breading and fried tofu make it pretty ‘chickeny.’

If you’re searching for other vegan fried chicken recipes, check these out:

Vegan Spicy Chicken Sandwich

What is vegan chicken made of?

Vegan chicken that’s store bought is typically made out of pea protein, soy protein, flour, oils and seasoning.

We usually make ours out of tofu because it’s 1 ingredient and we love the texture.

Sometimes we will season our Basic Seitan recipe with poultry seasoning to make seitan chicken strips or wings.

How Do You Make A Spicy Vegan Chicken Sandwich?

vegan fried chicken

Mix all the spices together.

Open the tofu, drain and squeeze out excess moisture.

Cut into 1/4-1/2 thick slices.

Toss the tofu slices gently in spice mixture, set aside.

Mix non dairy milk, hot sauce and lemon juice together, set aside.

Mix the cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper together, set aside.

Dip each piece of tofu into the milk briefly (so the seasonings don’t wash off) then drop them into the cornmeal/flour mixture and coat all sides. Tongs work really well for this.

Repeat for all the pieces of tofu and place on parchment paper until frying.

For shallow frying– heat vegetable oil till apprx. 300 degrees. Once oil is hot, place the tofu pieces in and cook for apprx. 7-10 minutes. Outside should be crisp and golden brown.

For the air fryer– place tofu pieces in the air fryer without spinner. Drizzle 3 tbsp of oil over all the pieces. Cook for apprx 20-25 minutes, flipping several times.

Spread the vegan mayo on your bun, layer toppings and spicy vegan chicken. EAT!

Yield: 4-6

Vegan Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Vegan Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Spicy, crispy vegan chicken sandwich with fried tofu and all the fixin's!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Spice Mixture

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 sage
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu (300-400g)

Breading

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • Pinch salt+pepper
  • Oil for frying

Sandwich Ingredients

  • Vegan kaiser or hamburger buns
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes
  • Vegan mayo
  • Pickles
  • Vegan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix all the spices together.
  2. Open the tofu, drain and squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. Cut into 1/4-1/2 thick slices.
  4. Toss the tofu slices gently in spice mixture, set aside.
  5. Mix non dairy milk, hot sauce and lemon juice together, set aside.
  6. Mix the cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper together, set aside.
  7. Dip each piece of tofu into the milk briefly (so the seasonings don't wash off) then drop them into the cornmeal/flour mixture and coat all sides. Tongs work really well for this.
  8. Repeat for all the pieces of tofu and place on parchment paper until frying.
  9. For shallow frying- heat vegetable oil till apprx. 300 degrees. Once oil is hot, place the tofu pieces in and cook for apprx. 7-10 minutes. Outside should be crisp and golden brown.
  10. For the air fryer- place tofu pieces in the air fryer without spinner. Drizzle 3 tbsp of oil over all the pieces. Cook for apprx 20-25 minutes, flipping several times.
  11. Spread the vegan mayo on your bun, layer toppings and spicy vegan chicken. EAT!