Happy New Year!
Welcome to our first Meatless Monday post of the year. This is the first recipe on our Meatless Monday 52 Week Meal Planning Guide from our latest cookbook, The Vegan System. For this year, we plan to not only post each recipe, but also a "how to" video to show you just how easy our recipes are to make.
Our selection of Fried Chick'n for week #1 is no mistake - afterall, where would Black Folks be without fried chick'n? Yes, we follow a vegan diet but I could not leave my Mother’s southern fried chick’n behind so I created this “veganized” version which is a hit with our family, friends and everyone else that has tried it. It is our #1 most requested dish when entertaining company. You can have it plain, BBQ style or Hot Wings style. It’s great on a burger, wrap, or with a side dish.
These stay moist in the refrigerator for days and are a perfect travel food. It’s what we ate when we drove cross-country and what Londale Jr. cooked for his basketball road trips while in college.
Endless possibilities and sure to become a favorite of yours as well!
Preparation and Assembly Time: 12 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Yield: About 24 pieces
8 pieces Gardein™ chick’n “Breasts” cut into strips (about 3 strips each)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Spike® (optional)
½ cup warm water
4 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 cups BBQ or Hot Wings sauce (optional)
Oil for frying
1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, pepper and Spike®. Mix thoroughly. In another small bowl, mix the mustard with the water. Add 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture to the mustard and water and stir until the lumps of flour are smooth and you have a batter about the consistency of pancake batter.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (or deep fryer) on high heat. There should be enough oil in the frying pan to cover the bottom and about 1 inch deep.
3. Dip each Gardein™ slice into the mustard batter, and then into the flour mixture. Fry each slice on both sides in oil until golden brown (about 5 minutes each side). DO NOT OVERCOOK! Remove from heat and let each piece drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
4. Put the BBQ or Buffalo Wings sauce in a small bowl and dip each side of the cooled fried chick’n until it is well coated. Cover a broiler pan with aluminum foil and place the chick’n on the pan. Broil each side under high heat until crispy. Or, just dip them in the sauce and eat!
Makes 24 pieces. You can also leave the Gardein™ breasts in tact and make 8 large pieces instead.