Seitan chicken served in a frying pan


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(6 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 4-6

Make your own vegan protein with this tasty alternative to chicken. Use in stir fries or deep-fry in batter until crispy. Serve with your favourite sides

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving (6)

  • kcal211
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein35g
  • salt1.43g


  • 250g firm tofu
  • 150ml unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp Marmite
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 160g wheat gluten
  • 40g pea protein or vegan protein powder
  • 1½ litres vegetable stock


  1. Blitz the tofu, soy milk, miso, Marmite, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp white pepper in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Tip into a bowl and add the wheat gluten and pea protein or protein powder. Mix to form a dough. Once the dough has come together, give it a really good knead, stretching and tearing for 10-15 mins. It will be ready once the dough feels springy.

  3. Pour the vegetable stock into a pan. Bring to a simmer. Flatten out the seitan to a thickness of 1cm and chop into chicken-breast-sized chunks. Simmer these in the stock for 20 mins, covered with a lid, then allow to cool in the stock. Ideally, do this the day before and leave to chill in the fridge. The seitan chunks can also be frozen if you wish. When you’re ready to use the seitan in a recipe, pat it dry with kitchen paper then chop or tear into smaller pieces before cooking, if you like.

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Lewis Hornsby's picture
Lewis Hornsby
7th Dec, 2018
I have been vegan for 4 years and for the first time today I tried Seitan. I used this recipe and I have to say hands down, this is incredible! I didn’t realise I missed chicken but after taking my first bite my brain rushed to memories of eating chicken nuggets in McDonnalds. I used blitzed TVP in place of pea protein, however. This is 10/10 and I highly recommend this to vegans, vegetarians and meat-atarians alike. Phwoarrrr!!!
Catherine Duncan's picture
Catherine Duncan
25th Mar, 2019
Where do I buy wheat gluten. I have not heard of it. Thankyou
goodfoodteam's picture
28th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. You can buy it in some health food shops, Planet Organic or on
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