How to Air Fry Vegan Chicken Nuggets

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How to Air Fry Vegan Chicken Nuggets – with Recipe

Recently, with the advancement of everything people have become very conscious about their health.  Now a day, lifestyles have changed and people are using easy, advance and convenient methods in the kitchen as well. Instead, of using the conventional methods of cooking people have turned to healthier alternatives like air fryers.

Air fryers have turned out to be very helpful for everyone; for the beginners as well as for the experts. Air fryers are advanced gadgets in which you can easily air fry, roast, cook, and heat your food. It reduces the counter top load, it minimizes heat in the kitchen and it also saves the money which you were going to spend on gas bills and oils.

You can conveniently prepare different meals in the air fryers. You can have delicious and crunchy food within minutes on your table. You can make different things like mozzarella sticks, chicken nuggets, you can bake pizza, roast a whole chicken, and you can fry a batch of fries and many such things.

Today, people have become very conscious about animal rights and turned from eating chicken, beef, mutton and all such kinds of food to alternative of meat. We have got seitan; it can be easily be obtained by washing the starch off from the flour after that we are only left with gluten. Seitan is high in protein and iron, and you can prepare seitan at home. It will take you around one hour and the things you require are only flour, water and salt.

The process is easy you just have to mix water in the flour and then add salt, keep on kneading until it gets smooth and a soft dough is formed then you have to keep kneading in under cold running water. This will extract all the starch from your dough and you will get your seitan. You can prepare anything you like with this; you can add different flavors and spices to make it delicious.

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets are all time favorite of everyone; not just of kids but also for the elders. The craving for chicken nuggets can only be curbed when you get a bowl full of nuggets in your hands. Usually, chicken nuggets are handily available in the market in frozen form. Everywhere around the globe I believe that nuggets are the only thing that have the same or taste or if not the same; it has a taste that is pleasing to our taste buds.

But now we have an option of less fatty nuggets in the form of vegan chicken nuggets that tastes the same as chicken nuggets available in the markets. Kids also love to eat these vegan chicken nuggets. You can easily get these from the market of you can prepare at your home.

How to make Vegan Chicken Nuggets at Home

Preparing vegan chicken nuggets at home is not a difficult task at all. You just need a few things under your hand to prepare these yummy nuggets.  You can shape them in different shapes and make them according to your kid’s wish. These vegan nuggets are cheap and you can have a large batch in the price of a box that you can get from the market. You can then save the nuggets for next time by boiling them or by air frying them.

Things you will need

  • 1 piece of tofu
  • 1 cup wheat gluten
  • 2 -3 tspn chicken flavored powder or seasoning
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1-2 tspns onion powder
  • 1/2 tspn sage
  • 1/2 tspn rosemary
  • 2 tspns liquid smoke
  • 2 tbspns corn starch
  • 1/4 cup yeast
  • 2 tbspn cooking oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tspn salt

For the Coating

  • 3 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 tspn onion powder
  • 1 tbspn yeast
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk



First you have to break the tofu and put in a food processor. Let it break down in the food processor for a few minutes. After it breaks down then add all the remaining ingredients in the food processor and let it mix. Until it forms smooth dough, you have to keep mixing for around 5-7 minutes so that you have dough that you can mould in any shape.

Take it out from the processor and then knead it with hands for two minutes. Roll in into a rectangle shape and with the help of cookie maker cut the nuggets in different shapes as you like. After that you have to prepare the wet mixture and panko bread crumbs mixture. Dip the nuggets in the wet mixture first and then toss them in the dry mixture. Coat the nuggets evenly so that they get an even color and crisp.

Air Frying Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Air frying vegan chicken nuggets is very easy; you just have to place the nuggets evenly in the basket. Spray oil on it and air fry the nuggets at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. When you are half way through flip sides and within 12 minutes you will get crispy, crunchy golden nuggets from the outside and juicy nuggets from the inside. You can serve it with any dip or mayo to enhance the flavor.


Vegan chicken nuggets are a good alternative as compared to the classical chicken nuggets because they are enough in nutrients as compared to chicken nuggets which have a high amount of proteins and iron nutrients. In addition to this you can easily make them at home or get them from the market. You can make vegan nuggets according to your taste and your kid’s choice; in different shapes and sizes. Lastly, you can either deep fry them or air fryer; both will give you delicious and tasty vegan chicken nuggets within minutes.