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How To Make Tofu Taste Like Chicken: Baked Tofu Nuggets Recipe


We love to hate chicken nuggets, but there's just something about crispy nuggets that keep us craving them time and time again, even if you've gone vegan.

But don't fear, because saying no to meat doesn't mean you have to miss out on 'chicken nuggets.' Our baked tofu marinade and bread coating is the solution to your chicken nugget cravings!

You need extra firm tofu, a press for tofu, and a few other ingredients to start learning how to make tofu taste like chicken! Keep reading to find out more!

    Baked tofu recipe FAQ

    We understand that seasoning tofu to taste like chicken is probably uncharted territory for some. Don't let something new scare you away just because it's unfamiliar! To answer any critical questions the may crop up, we compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding this topic.

    What does tofu taste like?

    Okay, so you might still be wondering if tofu can truly taste like chicken. Tofu vs chicken? Is this really a competition that tofu can win? We believe so! With the right marinade and coating, manipulate tofu into tasting like anything you want it to, even a vegetarian substitute for chicken.

    In fact, tofu is so good as a meat substitute precisely because it actually has little taste. On its own tofu tastes like nothing at all. We'd go as far as to say that tofu is bland, and that's because the tofu source is soymilk, which has only a mild taste itself.

    Because of this blandness, tofu quickly takes on the flavours of the ingredients around it, which is why it works so well when marinated. Try deep smokey flavours, experiment with desserts, or simply dump these baked nuggets into a bed of lettuce for a refreshing salad. When you're learning how to season tofu, don't be afraid to add in those rich and intense flavours; the tofu will only ever taste better for it!

    How do I freeze tofu?

    You might have noticed that our recipe requires you to first freeze your tofu before turning the tofu into nuggets. Freezing the tofu helps to give it a more 'chicken-like' feel, as it produces a spongy, airy texture.

    It's perfectly safe freezing tofu and then defrosting it the next day in the microwave. You can store the tofu in the freezer by wrapping the block in plastic wrap, then placing it in a resealable box.

    However, freezing tofu after preparing it will likely give it an unwanted mushy mess. So, understand that you are freezing it in this recipe before cooking it.

    After cooking the tofu nuggets, you can safely store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

    Are tofu chicken nuggets healthy?

    Tofu chicken nuggets are healthier than almost any breaded chicken nuggets you can find in the store or buy at a fast-food restaurant. There's going to be fewer calories and less fat, especially if you bake the nuggets rather than deep-frying them in lots of oil. When making them at home, you're also completely aware of the ingredients you're ingesting!

    The level of protein in tofu vs chicken is relatively comparable, too, making tofu a good source of protein when you're enjoying a meat-free diet!

    Now you know how to make tofu taste like chicken!

    Will you be trying our tofu chicken nugget recipe? There's no meat-substitute quite like a block of tofu, so why not start coating your tofu nuggets in breadcrumbs and dipping them in your favourite sauce? This recipe is guaranteed to beat any nugget cravings you might be experiencing.

    You can bookmark our breaded tofu nuggets for later and discover for yourself just how to make tofu taste like chicken!

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