Try this tofu tip to get the 'meatiest' nuggets possible with one easy step!

Freezing, then defrosting tofu, is a great way to increase the chewiness! When the tofu freezes, the water pockets expand - after defrosting, these pockets remain larger for a chewier tofu that absorbs flavor even better! To make this gluten free, simply swap out the crumbs for a gluten free alternative.

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

  • 20-25 nuggetsServings


  • 1 block of frozen and thawed (will explain in directions) firm or extra firm tofu
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp paprika
    2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Freeze your tofu. You will need to do this at least 1 day in advance. Take the whole package do not open it and put it in the freezer.
  2. Allow to freeze completely and then thaw completely before using.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425F prior to using.
  4. Once the tofu has thawed, you will need to press it. Frozen tofu retains a lot more water than unfrozen tofu. So do not be afraid to give it a good press and really get all the water out.
  5. Make the breadcrumb mixture by adding breadcrumbs, salt, nutritional yeast and paprika to a dish. Mix well.
  6. Cut the tofu in half so you now have two big squares. Then you can break off pieces of the tofu or cut it. I think breaking it makes for a more authentic chicken nugget shape.
  7. Coat the tofu in breadcrumbs. They will stick to the tofu because it will still be slightly wet.
  8. Line up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and flip.
  10. Then generously coat the tofu in oil (I used olive oil).
  11. Bake for another 15-20 minutes. Tofu should be very crispy and golden when done.
  12. Pair with your favorite sauces (I did ketchup and a mix of vegan mayo and hot sauce) and some fries.

This recipe was republished with permission from Plantifully Based. Find the original recipe here.

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