These vegan chicken nuggets are delicious, relatively easy to make, and perfect for kids

You can make just about anything out of tofu. Vegan cheese, vegan meat, it can add creaminess to dishes, tofu scramble. I mean really you name it and tofu can most likely do it. So it is of course no surprise that these vegan chicken nuggets are pretty darn incredible.

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 block of frozen and thawed 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 the 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 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). I find it easiest to do this with a silicone brush.
  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. You can find the original recipe here

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  • Serving Size: 4

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