Are you looking for that viral vegan chicken recipe? The one where you learn how to make your own seitan using only flour and water?
In today’s article we are going to be talking about how to make a vegan chicken substitute using only one ingredient.
Yes! You heard me right, I said only one ingredient. It’s not clickbait!
This is a recipe that became very popular practically overnight as people were amazed at how realistic it is to real chicken. Not to mention how easy it is to make at home! Vegan flour chicken is one of those substitutes that you should definitely try to make for yourself at least once. Even if you just want to see if it is the real deal.
So, if you are interested in creating an amazing meat-free chicken substitute at home that actually looks and feels like chicken. Then keep reading.
What is Vegan Flour Chicken?
This popular vegan meat substitute is based off of the original method and recipe of creating seitan. A vegan meat alternative that originated in japan.
Seitan and this vegan chicken recipe are very similar except that this vegan meat is made a specific way in order to replicate chicken.
Despite its sudden popularity, this is not a new recipe by any means. It has been around at least since the 1960s and has only recently become more well known.
It has become so popular because of its very simple recipe not to mention the fact that it is insanely similar to the real thing! And it requires only flour and water. It cant get much more minimal than that!
One Ingredient Vegan Chicken Recipe
This recipe truly is a one ingredient recipe in order to make the bare bones of this chicken substitute. In order to get something that actually tastes like chicken you will need to get a bit fancy with some spices.
Otherwise you are left with a substitute that really has no flavor of its own, it will change flavor depending on how it is cooked and seasoned.
To find out how to season your vegan flour chicken, you will have to keep reading. For now, here is the basic recipe.
- 6 cups Flour
- 2 cups Water
These measurements aren’t an exact science as flour can be more absorbent depending on type and brand.
To make this vegan chicken recipe it is best to use all-purpose flour. You could use wheat flour but keep in mind that your final result will have a strong wheat taste to it and be much darker in color.
I like to buy this large all-purpose since it is very affordable and will last a long time! Plus, I find that the cheaper brands tend to have an odd taste to them.
You could also use veggie broth instead of pure water in order to infuse it with some flavor. But keep in mind that a lot of that veggie broth will end up being washed out of your dough.
For detailed instructions as to how to make your own seitan, keep reading.
How to Make your Own Seitan Instructions
- Start by combining your flour and water until you have a shaggy and slightly sticky dough. It will need to be wet enough to come together smoothly but dry enough to be kneaded without sticking to everything.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and can be easily shaped, about 5 to 10 minutes. Then place your dough in a large bowl and cover with cold water for at least 30 minutes. Preferably for an hour.
- After your dough has rested start to knead it in the bowl of water until the water is milky white. This is the starch being released into the water which will leave the gluten behind.
- Dump out that milky water and refill the bowl with fresh cold water and repeat the kneading process until the water is white again. Do this about 4 times until your water is only slightly murky.
- Your dough will be stringy and elastic at this point. Squeeze out the excess water and add in your flavoring components. Kneading them into the dough to flavor it.
- Cut your dough into two long strings and knot them together until there is no dough left. This will help to create that stringy, chicken texture.
- Now you can either sauté your vegan chicken recipe in a bit of oil until cooked through and finish off by simmering in flavorful veggie broth. Or you can simmer it in broth first then sauté the chicken.
Because this is an older recipe, there are many variations that it can take between the recipe itself or the method of making it.
Everyone has their own tips and pointers for making the best vegan chicken recipe.
The recipe that I shared above is one of the simpler options that takes the least amount of time. This is because I personally use this recipe and like it the most because it is less time consuming to make.
But here are a few other recipe variations that you can try to get amazing vegan flour chicken at home! How you make your vegan chicken will depend on how much time you have and what results you like best.
- Allow your dough to rest in cold water for up to eight hours for a softer result.
- Add vita wheat gluten to your vegan chicken recipe in order to make the process faster since vita wheat gluten has very little starch.
- Rinse your dough up to 7 times for a very dense, slightly drier result. Or rinse it as few as 3 times for a more doughy and moist result.
- Allow your vegan chicken to rest for a few hours once it has been knotted for more depth of flavor.
- Let your cooked chicken rest in broth until it is room temperature for extra moist and juicy vegan chicken.
Cooking Methods for Vegan Flour Chicken
When finding out how to make your own seitan at home there is one rule that must be followed. Your vegan chicken must be cooked for at least 45 to 60 minutes in order to get a good result.
If it is undercooked it will be too doughy and not chicken like. More like an undercooked piece of bread or a very dense baked good. Which is not what w are after at all!
There are two common methods for cooking vegan flour chicken. Sautéing in oil and simmering in broth. You will get the best result if you use both methods.
Here are more detailed cooking instructions that you can follow for the best results.
Sauté then Simmer
You can immediately throw your knotted dough into a hot pan and sauté it for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Until it is golden and crispy.
In order to cook it through you will then need to add in a cup or two of veggie broth. Covering the pan so that the broth can come to a simmer for at least 45 minutes.
This will yield a moist and golden colored vegan chicken substitute.
Simmer then Sauté
For this method of cooking you will begin by adding your knotted dough directly into a pot of simmering broth. Letting it cook for 45 to 60 minutes until cooked through.
Then transfer your vegan chicken to a hot pan and seer on both sides until they are crispy and brown. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes.
This is my personal preference as I like my chicken to be crispy and fresh out of the pan. If you use the first method your chicken won’t have as much external texture.
How to Flavor Your Vegan Chicken Recipe
One very important component of this vegan chicken recipe is getting the flavor profile right.
You have to remember that this substitute is literally only made with white all-purpose flour, so it has no real flavor of its own. In order to get a real chicken substitute, you will need to season it.
The best course of action is to decide how you are going to use this vegan flour chicken. Is it going to go in Mexican style tacos or used similarly to pulled pork?
How you are going to use it is going to decide how it needs to be seasoned. If you just want to get a more realistic chicken flavored substitute here are a few flavors that you can use:
- Poultry seasoning
- Bay leaf
- Seasoning salt
- Garlic and onion powder
- Smoked paprika
These are just a few ideas as to how you can create a realistic chicken substitute. You can use all or just a few of these seasonings to get a good outcome.
You can also heavily season your simmering broth as that will also impart flavor to your vegan chicken recipe.
I like to use this heavily concentrated broth paste in order to get a nice and flavorful broth. You can even add it straight into your dough for more flavor!
Storing and Reheating
Making this vegan chicken substitute is a lot of hard work so you might want to make it ahead of time or make enough to last a few meals.
If this is the case you will need to know how to properly save your vegan flour chicken for later. So, that it is just as good used a few days or even weeks later!
Here are a few tips to help you to properly store your homemade seitan for later, without sacrificing flavor or freshness.
If you plan on using your homemade vegan chicken soon, you can just store it in the fridge until then.
Cooked chicken seitan that is kept in an airtight container in the fridge will last for 3 to 5 days. If you want an amazingly flavorful vegan chicken, try storing it in the broth that you cooked it in!
You can also freeze your cooked seitan if you plan to use it farther in the future.
Frozen vegan chicken can last up to 3 months if stored in an airtight bag. To use it, you can let it unthaw in the fridge overnight and use the next day. Or toss straight into boiling broth or soup.
To reheat vegan chicken from the fridge you can sauté it on the stove until warmed through and brown or you can use the microwave.
Just keep in mind that vegan flour chicken that has been stored in the fridge or freezer might be a bit dry. So, for a very juicy chicken, take the time to simmer it in broth for 10 to 20 minutes. Then sauté or cook it the way that you like for the best results.
Why Make Your Own Vegan Chicken Substitute?
After reading this article you might be thinking that making your own chicken is hard work and pretty darn time consuming. And you wouldn’t be wrong.
This is one of those homemade foods that is indeed pretty time consuming and requires a good deal of elbow grease.
Here are a few reasons why you would want to know how to make your own seitan:
Making your own chicken seitan is healthier because you are really only using one ingredient, flour.
If you were to buy seitan or a chicken substitute from the store it is going to include additives, flavorings, and preservatives. Not to mention all kinds of binders and ingredients to add and stabilize color.
Al of these extra ingredients are not necessary and can easily be avoided by making your own meat-free substitutes at home. For a healthier and cleaner option.
It is no secret that many vegan products can run a bit pricy in stores. This is mainly because they are specialty items coming from specialty brands.
Because of the prices, many vegan meat substitutes are out of people’s price range, including my own!
Seitan can be very expensive for only a small amount and many meat substitutes can be just as pricy.
If you make your own vegan chicken recipe all you have to buy is flour. Which is a pretty affordable ingredient for most of us. Making this kind of meat substitute much more accessible for everyone, small budget or not.
It is the perfect meaty substitute when you just cant splurge on those fancy vegan meat replacements.
I hope that this article on how to make your own seitan has been helpful to you and that you might just go and make a batch for yourself!
You can make an amazing meat-free chicken substitute using only flour in order to make vegan flour chicken at home.
It really is a much easier process then it might seem like. And once you get the hang of it, you just might find yourself doing it quite regularly.
This is one of those things that really can be worth all of the effort. So, put on some good music or a Disney movie and get kneading on your homemade vegan flour chicken!
And let me know in the comments if you try it out for yourself and what you thought of it. Would you make it again? Is this your first time even hearing about vegan flour chicken?