Thursday, 9 February 2012

Any Meal With Salad Is Healthy, Right?

WRONG!! I didn't care though! I have been working out a fair bit lately and I got a craving, just for chips with Nice N' Tasty Chicken Salt, yes vegan chicken salt!! :) :) :)  I figured I couldn't just have that though, so I started looking for seitan recipes, but it was getting a bit late to start making seitan and I was really, really hungry! (When I get like that I tend to get grumpy also, sometimes to the point that hubby tells me that I need feeding :-p)
Any-who, I Google kept directing me to "Southern Fried Chicken" recipes and that's when I remembered that I had a pack of  Redwood Gourmet Meat-Free Chicken in the freezer.
Now I have previously made this recipe and found that the coating was ACE, but that I didn't like the chicken I used as much 1) Because it's quite glutinous and 2) Because it has an Asian BBQ chicken flavour. You can check this out here.
So the recipe I was referring is one that many vegos would 
have come across in their quest to satisfy a meaty, chickey, fried, KFCy kinda craving. This recipe is all over the web, I have found it on and on Yeah, That Vegan Shit, but just in case you haven't seen it before here it is:

Southern Fried "Chicken"

  • 1 tsp salt or seasoned salt 
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • dash cayenne (optional) 
  • 1 1/2 cups flour 
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional) Personally I think this shouldn't be skimped on.
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard (yellow/mild American is where it's at, but you could probably use any) 
  • 2 tbsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1 lb seitan or other chicken substitute, cut into 1-2" square pieces 
  • oil for frying
  1. In a medium to large bowl, mix together the salt, onion powder, garlic powder, flour, black pepper, cayenne and nutritional yeast. 
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mustard and water. Add 1/3 cup of the flour mixture to the mustard mixture and combine well. 
  3. Add baking powder to the flour mixture and combine well. 
  4. Coat pieces of seitan or mock chicken with the mustard batter, then coat each piece with the dry flour mixture. 
  5. Fry chunks of "chicken" in the oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet for 3-5 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel, serve with ketchup or barbeque sauce and enjoy! 
  6. Tip: If your chunks are turning brown or black rather than a crispy golden brown, your oil is probably too hot! Reduce the heat a small amount and try again.
So as you can no doubt tell, this is not a healthy meal, especially when I served it with chips, at least I skipped the bread, but I did have salad with it to make it appear healthy :-P
The Redwood chicken worked really quite well, I did gently defrost it in the microwave prior to coating, and it cooked really quickly.
I highly recommend that the next time you feel like something naughty definitely give this a go, it's quick and easy to prepare, tastes great and you can totally play around with different seasonings and salts. 

So go on, have fun :)

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