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THE BEST VEGAN FRIED CHICKEN RECIPE (gluten-free!) | Mary’s Test Kitchen

Hello friends and not-yet-friends, Welcome back to Mary’s Test Kitchen, where
we make bomb vegan food and this vegan fried chicken is no exception. In fact, this might be the best vegan fried
chicken ever. With perfectly seasoned deep-fried or oven-fried
crunchy goodness on the outside and juicy vegan meat on the inside, this is one recipe
you’re going to want on repeat. Speaking of repeat, thanks to Thrive Market
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you and become the best vegan fried chicken you’ve ever had, you’ll need some medium firm
or traditional tofu. This is the secret to creating the almost
creepy chicken-like texture. Part of it. The other part, is to freeze it; not just
once but twice. Medium firm (or Traditional style) tofu, produces
a tender texture without that grainy feeling.Freezing and thawing a second time makes the tofu more
sturdy so you can press the water out without the whole thing disenigrating. I’m using a tofu-making mould to squeeze as
much water out as possible while keeping it as intact as possible. You can use a tofu press if you have one. But with care, you can do this between two
cutting boards. And get the last of it with clean kitchen
towels. This stuff is delicate so be gentle. Pull the layers apart and let natural breaks
form to create little cutlets or nuggets. Is your mind blown or is your mind blown? You’ve got to share this technique everywhere. Pin this video, tweet it, share it on your
page, your facebook groups, reddit or where ever you hang out online. Even if you think you don’t like tofu; this
changes everything! These layers hide spaces inside so we can
add some amazing flavours that will sink deep inside and obliterate any trace of beaniness. Eventually, you’ll have around 8 large chunks,
give or take, but you’ll also have some bitsies. Don’t worry; we won’t waste anything. Just let that sit on a clean lint-free cloth
or paper towels while we get our super crispy, crunchy breading ingredients ready. We’ll do a three step dredge starting with
a cup of gluten-free flour. You’ll find a huge selection of gluten-free
flours on Thrive Market, just use the gf button to filter easily and away you go. I really like Bob’s Red Mill One to one gluten-free
baking flour for this recipe. It’ll give us the perfect balance between
crispy and crunchy without adding any weird flavours that some gf flours have. We’ll season the flour with a half teaspoon
of white pepper, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of garlic powder, a teaspoon of onion powder, and last, but most definately not least, nutritional
yeast. AKA nooch. AKA manna from heaven that makes everything
taste delicious. Mix it up and set it aside. The second part of the dredge is a vegan egg
coating. I’m using Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Egg mix. Just mix it with water. Two tablespoons of vegan egg powder and a
half cup of ice cold water. At first. Mix it until there are no lumps. We want this vegan egg wash to be a bit thinner
so add a quarter cup more water. Now, we’re ready to start transforming our
tofu. With a cup of double strength vegan chicken-style
broth. Use any kind you like but make it with double
the amount of paste or powder normally called for. Dump the tofu in and press so it soaks up
the broth. Drain away any excess. Now we’re ready to dredge. First, the seasoned flour. Be gentle and cradle that tofu like a butterfly
baby. Shake off the excess flour and set the pieces
on a baking sheet or plate. With the bitsies, just dump them in the flour
too. Squeeze them together into bigger clumps. When we’re finished the first step, we’ll
have all this extra seasoned flour. Only it’s not extra. We’ll add a cup of organic sprouted brown
rice crisps. Relieve some tension and let that brown rice
know who’s boss. Just break down some of it but chill. Don’t go overboard. This will take the crunch level of our vegan
fried chicken to new heights. Give the vegan egg a quick mix, then we’re
ready to dip. Dunk, let the excess drip off, then, into the seasoned flour and rice crisps. Gently cover them. And place them back on your baking sheet. Things might get messy but you will overcome. Life lessons. Before long, you’ll have a tray full, ready
to be deep-fried to golden perfection. I’m using a wok because I love it, but any
sturdy pot with a good thick bottom for even heat distribution should work. Gently lower your breaded tofu in one piece
at a time, careful not to splash yourself. Don’t crowd them but work in batches so the
oil temperature doesn’t drop too much. It’ll take five minutes for these to turn
golden brown and crispy crunchy. Ocasionally turn them as they cook. Then take them out and drain on paper towels
or a wire rack. Then the next batch goes in. But let’s say, for some reason you just don’t
want to deep fry. All you need to do is drizzle or spray a bit
of oil on to your breaded tofu and pop them into a 425 degree Farenheit oven for 30 minutes,
flipping once at the halfway minute mark. I’ll show you how those turn out at the end
of this video. And now you have, beautiful vegan fried chicken
that is crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and super flavourful. It will smell so good, you’ll want to dig
in right away, but let it rest at least five minutes. At least. Eat them as is or with some sauce. I’m going to make one I’m currently in love
with and is full of healthy spices and fermented ingredients. Sauerkraut. Plus gochugaru, Korean red pepper flakes. Gochujang, Korean red pepper paste, isn’t
gluten-free so if you’re avoiding gluten, use gluten-free sriracha or you can even use
ketchup or a combination. Soy sauce or tamari. Brown sugar. And some liquid from the sauerkraut to help
everything blend. Lastly, organic garlic powder. This sauce is so good. Garlicky, savory, a little sweet and more
than a little spicy. Which made me want a cooling yogurt dip. You can make your own yogurt from scratch
with this vegan yogurt starter…and I am but that will take a few more days…so in
the meantime, we can make a sort of instant yogurt. With silken tofu. And sauerkraut again. The lactic acid helps to give a yogurty flavour
instantly. Crunchy, juicy vegan fried chicken, spicy
sauce, and cooling yogurty dip. There are few things more perfect. That juicy interior holds heat. And layers. Chicken-y layers. The more intact the tofu was going in, the
more meat-like the result will be. The ones that were crumbly and piecey going
in will have more starch in between giving you a texture that is more like chicken balls
than chicken tenders. But it’s all delicious. But the oven-fried version? Pretty darn good in it’s own right too. The exterior is super crunchy as well, the
inside is juicy. It just doesn’t have that distinctly amazing
deep-fried flavour. Better for weeknights as the clean up is much
easier and quicker. So which will you choose? Oven-fried or deep fried? Plain or sauced? Either way, make this and your life will be
changed for the better! You know what else will change your life for
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this video, helping me create mind-blowing vegan recipes for you! I hope you enjoyed this video; please give
it a thumbs up if you did and share it everywhere! It’s just so good. You have to make this and share it with your
friends and family and let them taste how amazing vegan food can be. Plus take pics and tag me on instagram. It thrills me to see you make my recipes. What else would you like me to veganize? Let me know in the comments below! Bye for now!

Randall Smitham



  1. April Basuroy Biswas Posted on July 15, 2019 at 6:55 am


  2. Ridiculed Victor Posted on July 15, 2019 at 11:49 am

    How do you eat a fried chicken without a chicken… Hmmmm

  3. billionaire Richie Rich Posted on July 15, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Thrive Market!! thanks!! for the information greatly appreciate it.

  4. Tia Baby Posted on July 16, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Lol that thrive market subscription fee is no joke 😢😢

  5. Ryan Apriliansyah Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:49 am

    i am not vegan, just looking there's a food like chiken but more cheaper

  6. Jennifer Osenni Posted on July 16, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made chicken parm and omg…. so amazing!!!

  7. mzzzmonique Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Should I let the tofu thaw in the fridge or countertop?

  8. Z. R. MOORE Posted on July 18, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Will the nasoya brand get flaky like this?

  9. Hermione Granger Posted on July 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    So it's vegan but it's fried chicken
    How the the f- beep!!!!

  10. Dietitian Sa Pagkawala Ng Timbang Posted on July 18, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    You are very well spoken and respectful! Thank you! You are refreshing! Good day

  11. Jusa Kiki Posted on July 21, 2019 at 9:05 am

    i think this one is chicken friendly…i love this….

  12. grogtgs Posted on July 22, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Tofu makes good chicken. try it and you will see

  13. Phil Jones Posted on July 22, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Just bought some good quality tofu to attempt this dish. I know the tofu is pressed after the second thaw. One question I have. Do you drain the tofu pack prior to freezing, or leave it entirely in the liquid until the second thaw and pressing? Please and thank you.

  14. Abhishek Biswas Posted on July 22, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    vegan bacon plz, vegan ribs plz, vegan tenderloin plz

  15. Mikkey Dailly Posted on July 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    so in conclusion the viewers are not vegan

  16. Summer Water lily Posted on July 22, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Noodles 🍝 with fried tofu is my favourite 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

  17. AverageJoe Posted on July 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    got an ad for KFC on this video

  18. Larven Karlsson Posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Lol fried… But it's gluten free so it's healthy!!! 😏

  19. Van Lazo Posted on July 23, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Ain't nobody got time for that 😁

  20. prettymochame just T Posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    what is vegan chicken broth made with if not chicken, shouldn't it be called whatever it came from or can't vegans face the truth?…ijasking

  21. Lizbeth Madriz Posted on July 26, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Can you put this recipe in an air fryer ?

  22. MrsKankyCurly Posted on July 26, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Love vegan foods but not full vegan. I also love these kinds of recipes as well http://bit.ly/2OkjjGA

  23. Shea Shea Posted on July 26, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Great job on that "chicken". Looks delish!!

  24. Kingsive 66 Posted on July 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    How tf is meat vegan

  25. Majo De Guzman Posted on July 27, 2019 at 7:49 pm


  26. ThatRandom Gal Posted on July 28, 2019 at 5:43 am

    it's gluten free i dont care if its gluten free , take that *shit out . ( if you get this reference i wish you a lucky day

  27. Ladyofvirtue247 Posted on July 29, 2019 at 12:18 am

    I'm not vegan, but…🤯🤯🤯🤯

  28. Whatever Goes Posted on July 29, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Want to try this on my meat eating friends! I am a pescetarian myself, but I love showing people that vegans don't eat grass and beetloaf 🙄

  29. Kenw KLS Posted on July 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Great!…. now how do we create the bone for the leg and thighs?……

  30. b0ygrinder Posted on July 31, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Hey! Is there any way I can "speed" up the process of this to have it today? I have everything for it! 🙂

  31. Cheala Neves Posted on July 31, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    New subscriber!!! Great video. My notification bell is on. 👍🏾🙌🏾👏🏾🥰

  32. Megan Christi Posted on August 1, 2019 at 4:23 am

    People should NOT be iffy about vegan food / they should really be iffy about eating tortured dead animal flesh…. ijs

  33. Alicia Padget Posted on August 1, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I love freezing my tofu.

  34. Jude Barnes Posted on August 3, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Okay, this is absolutely mind blowing. And I cannot wait to try it! Also, I am all for omnis trying vegan and being inspired. But why y'all gotta make a big show of eating tofu even though you're not vegan? It's just food! This huge devide between vegan and omni food makes no sense to me. People have been eating tofu for a very very long time. Because it's awesome.

  35. StrawberryBleach Posted on August 3, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Does the flour have to be gluten free?

  36. Candis Moore Posted on August 4, 2019 at 1:25 am

    You don’t ship to Alaska and you should, please!

  37. O W Posted on August 6, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Hi Mary. Have you met The Easy Vegan yet? I see a match made in heaven here. As YouTube Channels go anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwDYQxdc5_Q

  38. STEPHEN JOHNSON Posted on August 6, 2019 at 5:50 am

    It saddens me that I can’t see her eat this…not on some creepy shit..I’m just a fat kid and I like watching people eat the food they cook on YouTube..which is kinda creepy I guess 👀

  39. Kathleen Kibblehouse Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    So excited to try this! Great video and content quality

  40. Necholaz Ganz Posted on August 7, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    McDonalds should adopt this recipe and make some vegan recipes in their menu.

  41. Olivares Silviano Posted on August 8, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Going to try this shit

  42. Kat De Figueiredo Posted on August 9, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Vegetarian craving fried chicken, thank you for this <3

  43. Kaspleen Posted on August 10, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for this video. I usually chill my Tofu, but I am definitely going to try this. Your General Tso's Video really helped answer some of my questions about the freezing and thawing process. Thank you!

  44. Aja Posted on August 10, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I found some medium firm tofu. I am sooooo excited

  45. K SWISS Posted on August 11, 2019 at 2:34 am

    I'm a card carrying carnivore, how do i take a bush of broccoli and make it look and taste like a fat juicy rare slab if pime rib?

  46. Damon Brown Posted on August 12, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Why should I crave meat or anything like meat when I am vegan or vegetarian?

  47. I’m Potato Posted on August 13, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I’m not Vegan but gonna try this one

  48. Michelle Direlle Posted on August 13, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I would choose the dietary one. My heart the oily one lol. Peace✌ Michèlle D.
    Readings&Music Youtube Channel💕🎤🌒

  49. Chiquis Saucedog Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I am so happy i am finding a whole bunch of awesome channels that have great vegan recipes. You guys make something overwhelming at first become fun and doable!

  50. Kay Self Posted on August 14, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Hey! I did this in my fashion…..superb! Thankyou yum yum 😀 <3

  51. I’m Potato Posted on August 15, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I tried this one but the tofu in nz is like caramel pudding texture… so it’s doesn’t look like yours

  52. eden cams Posted on August 16, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    The first time I tried this, it was so good. The 2nd time I made it I don't know why the tofu didn't layer out. Does the method of thawing have to be slow? Or will microwave do?

  53. Platano Power Posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    It’s a more “real” chicken than those lame ass chicken mcnuggets

  54. MARIA STAR Posted on August 18, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I love chicken. Especially fried but my digestive system is not liking poultry or meat so i've been going vegan. Plus its a healthier alternative. I can't wait to make this. Tfs…✌💛🍗

  55. My Knees Hurt Posted on August 18, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I'm making this right now. No rice crispy bits though… I sub'd hemp hearts and bread crumbs. and make my own weird egg wash dip. I got a feeling it's gunna be real good.

  56. Amy Santana Posted on August 18, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    What is the freezing technique? What does that mean? Freeze, defrost and drain and freeze again?

  57. Da Goddess Posted on August 19, 2019 at 3:06 am

    This looks soooooo good! 💯

  58. sandra danen Posted on August 20, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Do you freeze it twice first and than drain it, drain it and than freeze it twice or freeze it and drain in between?

  59. superstar85ca Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I'm trying this.  Next month when it's finished I'll let you know how it turned out!

  60. Waverley Terlizzi Posted on August 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    My bf is vegetarian so I used regular flour, couple eggs whisked with some water to dilute, and cornstarch. Then baked it. Worked just as well as the vegan/gluten alternatives.

  61. Justdelightful Posted on August 22, 2019 at 7:02 am

    It looks like chicken too me so thank you 😁

  62. Hermit Hermit Posted on August 25, 2019 at 12:47 am

    "I can't believe it's not KFC"

  63. Nghia Pham Posted on August 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I'm looking vegan eggs , yogoud in stores but can't find.! . some ingredients not show clear.?? Should write on list or step by step ( exp which water , rice chip.. Did you add ?? .Thanks for share. If I make, I put tofu in frozen couple hrs then…

  64. Nghia Pham Posted on August 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    What grey powder you mix in the mill powder. ? What's water you put in the bowl before you add tofu then you cover the mixed powder.? The water you add in the vegan eggs mixed.? it's confused me English .!

  65. nicole p Posted on August 26, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Now they make tofu "cutlets" slightly browned on the outside, and honestly the texture very much mimicks chicken nuggets. And BTW, "vegan meat" is an oxymoron. I'm not vegan but I love this video. As I love any great recipe. This actually makes sense and sounds GOOD. I would have to add some celery sticks and I guess a vegan??? Buffalo sauce!

  66. Nawf Posted on August 26, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    this better be cheap as heck because I love tofus lol

  67. King Davis Posted on August 26, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I’m here because KFC is making these

  68. Shawn Arthur Wells Posted on August 26, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Lol When she said she is going to make one with her favorite SIDE I was like cool, then she said Sour Krout I was LIKE I'M OUT…I HATE SOUR KROUT LOL

  69. Bens Gluten Free Kitchen channel Posted on August 28, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Fantastic show and great to see the profile of the condition been raised. I’d like to see more gluten free cookery shows to help show how to make it healthier than buying

  70. Alanis Becker Posted on August 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    can I make this recipe with homemade tofu?

  71. Moose Factory Posted on August 30, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Decided to go vegan this week and already found one of the first recipes I want to try! You’re great!!!

  72. RobynSaintVeronika Posted on August 31, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    How long do you soak the tofu in the stock as ours turned out plain and no flavor. The batter was also plain so not enough seasoning was in recipe. The tofu tasted like tofu not chicken

  73. Mephfine Lykwine Posted on August 31, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Looks good! You can have it all too! Lol

  74. Simply Shakendra Posted on September 1, 2019 at 2:35 am

    My goodness! I need this

  75. k moore Posted on September 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    which stores carry medium firm tofu. i have been looking for 2 days and can't find

  76. The Incredible Scott’s Posted on September 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I’m so excited because most of these ingredients I already have!!! Definitely making this

  77. Lee Darin Jr Posted on September 2, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Have you tried it with Jackfruit?

  78. Siri Greens Posted on September 3, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    If gluten isn’t an issue. Seitan is really way quicker than this

  79. Lou Tram Posted on September 3, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    good recipe but do you have any suggestions for substitute for vegan egg too much salt in this product and can i air bake them without oil

  80. Candy 12438 Posted on September 4, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Being vegetarian I take a liking to your channel. I get so hungry

  81. samsung user Posted on September 6, 2019 at 1:25 am

    I just came here for the Life lessons: "Things might get messy but you will overcome." ~Mary

    Plus that thumbnail is its own sell.
    Me: "How can that not be chicken?"
    Mary: "Oh taste and see…" 😉 Of course, I'm paraphrasing.

  82. Hermetic Kitten ASMR Posted on September 7, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I’m gonna try this today, I’m so happy this recipe is gluten-free!! Hurray 🎉🎉🎉

  83. RealDeal Chic Posted on September 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    My mind is definitely blown…. awesome recipe!! 💯

  84. ocballday Posted on September 7, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I'm so glad I found your channel. Subscribed

  85. Life Of Geer Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Please create a cookbook!

  86. Terry Brown Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Whats your stance on tofu

  87. Terry Brown Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Some of the pros and cons of eating tofu

  88. Terry Brown Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:38 am

    And what do you mean by freezing the tofu twice, what exactly would the process look like

  89. Terry Brown Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Also what is your stance on nutritional yeast

  90. Lilly Gaydosh Posted on September 10, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Frizzing tofu.. how much time between frizzing..?
    Thank you..

  91. genie4worship7 Posted on September 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Looks awesome. I’m definitely making this soon. Can you share the oil used to fry?

  92. 🌟 MORNING STAR⭐️ Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    When you pulled it apart omg

  93. 🌟 MORNING STAR⭐️ Posted on September 12, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Wish I had a Vegetarian auntie to cook for me

  94. Jes Bercat Posted on September 13, 2019 at 1:16 am

    I watch this because I could do vegetarianism, but I cant go vegan. I do appreciate some of the recipes tho..

  95. Killian B Posted on September 14, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Not vegan, avid omnivore here -just came for this delicious looking recipe

  96. Planet Goddess Posted on September 15, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Vegan fried chicken is honestly so good

  97. k moore Posted on September 16, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    The of the best vegan chicken recipes i have made yet, I cant stop eating it. If you season well and get a good dipping sauce you have a hit!!! Biggest issue I had was finding medium firm tofu. i went to 3 Asian grocery stores before I found it in TN. I tried both soft and medium firm. The medium firm was perfect. Better for me than gluten/seitan chicken so will be my go to when i need a quick chicken fix

  98. Kay Whitmire Posted on September 17, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    lol @ butterfly baby. Cooking this now 😋