(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) Fried chicken is a Southern staple and a fast food favorite with chains like Kentucky Fried Chicken. But you can satisfy your cravings for the dish without harming any chickens by making a meatless version.

Some meatless chicken contains milk or eggs, including brands like Morningstar. This homemade recipe will help ensure your fried chicken is vegan and delicious. Serve it tonight with some traditional Southern sides like collard greens, mashed potatoes, or corn fritters. — Global Animal

This southern fried chicken is a delicious alternative to Kentucky Fried Chicken (VEGETARIAN) Photo Credit: Elana Pisani
This recipe can be used to make fried chicken breasts or chicken nuggets. Photo Credit: Elana Pisani (VEGAN)

Fried Chicken
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients
1 package Gardein Chicken Scallopini
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Salt
1/2 tbsp Black Pepper
1 tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tbsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup Vegan Buttermilk (or Almond Milk with 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar)
Vegetable Oil for Frying

Directions
Thaw the frozen Gardein Chicken Scallopinis for about 20 seconds in the microwave until they are softened. If making nuggets, cut them into 1 inch pieces.

Set up three medium-sized bowls. Combine the flour and all of the spices into one bowl and mix together. In another bowl, place the vegan buttermilk (or almond milk/vinegar combo). Add the panko crumbs to the last bowl.

Heat the vegetable oil in the skillet, enough to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/2 an inch.

Dip one piece of chicken into the vegan buttermilk, then coat it with the flour mixture and finally cover with the panko. (If the pieces are not picking up enough panko, you can dip it back into the buttermilk and then the panko.)

Place in the oil, being careful not to splash the oil. Continue with all of the pieces of chicken, cooking each piece on both sides until browned.

Learn more about the Meat-Free Mondays Challenge!

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