Are you looking for a delicious plant-based dish that tastes just like chicken? For years I’ve been perfecting my ‘mock chicken’ recipe and it’s finally reached perfection! This savory dish is packed with protein, cooks up in minutes, and is super versatile. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just want to reduce your meat intake for health reasons– this recipe has got you covered.
I’ll be sharing all the tips and tricks I learned along the way today so that you too can create a meal fit for a king (or queen). All it takes are some basic pantry ingredients and minimal prep time. So get your aprons on; let’s talk mock chicken!
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mock chicken recipe
This recipe perfectly mimics the flavor and texture of real chicken, making it an excellent choice for both vegetarians and meat lovers alike. So let’s dive right in!
– 1 block of extra-firm tofu
– 2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1 teaspoon onion powder
– ½ teaspoon paprika
– A pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
– Cooking oil (preferably olive or vegetable oil)
Step 1: Prepping the tofu:
Start by draining the excess water from the tofu block. To do this, wrap it in a clean kitchen towel or paper towels, place a heavy object on top (like a plate), and let it sit for about ten minutes. This helps remove any excess moisture.
Step 2: Marinating time!
Next up is marinating our tofu to infuse it with delicious flavors that closely resemble chicken. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika,
and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir everything together until well-combined.
Step 3: Transforming the tofu into “chicken”:
Now that our marinade is ready let’s move on to transforming our plain old block of tofu into delightful mock chicken! Slice the pressed tofu into desired shapes – you can go for strips,
cubes or even rounds – whatever tickles your fancy.
Step 4: The magical marinade bath:
Place the sliced tofu pieces into a shallow dish or container large enough to hold all of them without overlapping too much.
Pour the prepared marinade over the slices generously so they are soaked well on both sides. Allow the tofu to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or longer if time permits (the longer, the better).
Step 5: Searing perfection:
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of cooking oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the marinated tofu slices in a single layer on the skillet.
Let them cook undisturbed for about 3-4 minutes until they develop a nice golden-brown crust.
Step 6: Flipping with finesse:
Using a spatula, gently flip each slice of mock chicken to cook the other side evenly. Allow it to cook for another 3-4 minutes or until both sides turn crispy and golden deliciousness.
Step 7: Voilà!
Once your mock chicken achieves that perfect golden-brown color and crispy exterior, remove it from the pan and transfer to a serving dish. This tasty creation pairs well with rice,
stir-fried vegetables or can be used as filling in wraps or sandwiches! The possibilities are endless.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully created an incredible mock chicken dish that’ll have everyone fooled by its uncanny resemblance to real meat. Now sit back, savor every bite,
and let your taste buds revel in this delectable vegetarian delight. Enjoy!
Note: Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and spices according to your preferences – cooking is all about exploration!
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