This vegan Buffalo Fried Chicken is honestly just amazing if I say so myself! The coating creates a lovely crispy ‘skin’ packed full of flavour and the juicy, ‘meaty’ texture of the mushrooms could fool any meat eater! The textures of this fried ‘chicken’ combined with the buttery spicy sauce make this the perfect quick meal when you want that ‘junk food’ hit!
Not only is this a vegan and gluten free recipe but you also DO NOT need a deep fat fryer to make it, unlike most fried chicken recipes! I only use a total of 3 tablespoons of oil in this recipe meaning that it is a healthier option, even with the butter. If you are quite health conscious you may be tempted to try these in your air fryer and coat them in the sauce afterwards. Don’t. I trialled this method as I knew people would ask if it was possible and, although they were edible, I wouldn’t recommend it. This ‘chicken’ really needs that greasy, crispy exterior completely soaked in the spicy buttery sauce in order to reach its full potential.
This recipe is unbelievably delicious and based on my original recipe for Vegan Fried Chicken which you can find here. I was inspired to make the original recipe after seeing a few vegan recipes for oyster mushroom fried chicken, I knew it would make a great substitute so wanted to develop a version that was also gluten free and could be made and enjoyed by everyone.
A few months after creating the original recipe I knew that I wanted to elevate it even more by adding my tried and tested buffalo sauce which is actually from another recipe of mine. If you like this recipe you will also like my Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings recipe which you can find here.
Depending on the type of plant milk you use, you can make this recipe nut and soya free as well as free from gluten, dairy, eggs and sesame, etc, so it is a great one to make for anyone with multiple dietary requirements.
You can put this in sandwiches for a quick lunch or make it as part of a larger dinner, I really like it paired with my Buttery Corn Riblets which you can find here. You could also put a twist on the classic chicken and waffles combination by pairing this with my savoury Baked Cheese Waffles.
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