One food that you tend to make peace with as a vegan that you won’t be able to enjoy within your plant-based diet is fried chicken. After all, you used to the only vegan option most places have being veggie burgers.
But did you know that you can actually make delicious vegan “fried chicken” at home, and it’s not even that hard? It tastes great on its own, dipped into vegan mayo, or as part of a fried “chicken” sandwich with some pickles and lettuce. However you want to eat it, here’s how to make our favorite vegan fried “chicken.”
- Oyster mushrooms
- Vegetable oil
- Vegetable-based milk (soy, almond, oat – whatever you prefer!)
- Lemon juice
- Baking powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
First, get the oil heating on the stove. Fill up a saucepan with a few inches of vegetable oil. Your goal is to get the oil up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a cooking thermometer to keep track. Then, you’ll want to get the oyster mushrooms clean by brushing the dirt off of them.
Next, get your dredging ingredients ready. In one bowl, combine your wet ingredients (the plant milk and lemon juice). In another, combine the dry ingredients.
Once the oil is hot enough, you’re ready to cook! Dip each oyster mushroom into the wet ingredient bowl and then the dry ingredient bowl, tossing to coat with the mixture. Then, carefully place them in the hot oil a few at a time, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook each mushroom for two to four minutes, or until they’re golden brown. Let them cool down on a paper towel before serving.