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Chick-o-Vilet – Vegan Fried Chicken

This is a vegan version of its fried meaty counterpart: Chick-o-Vilet – Vegan Fried Chicken. Wrapping rice paper around it gives it a lovely crispy skin!

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

This recipe is somehow similar to the Vegan Schnitzel I have on the blog, because it also uses the TVP slices as a base, yet tastes completely different.

TVP is short for Textured Vegetable Protein, it’s available in different forms: chunks, slices, bolognese, and many more. I like them because they are versatile, have a great “meaty” texture and are quick to prepare (they cook rather quick!). You can read more about it in my Guide about TVP.

The TVP slices in this recipe are wrapped in rice paper wrappers which makes an awesome crispy skin. Depending on the size of your rice paper wrappers you’ll have more or less skin. But I have to say – these are weirdly and amazingly awesome! The skin reminded me so much of fried chicken – I’ve never had anything that similar on a vegan basis – for real! My boyfriend loved them and begged me to make them more often now. They are bit of work but with some practice, it’s getting easier and easier.

TVP
If you don’t have any access to TVP slices, can easily sub it with some gardein or other fake meats that are available where you live. But keep in mind, that some of these fake meats don’t need any boiling so just leave out the first step!

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

These are the ingredients I’ve used: Rice Paper Wrappers, the TVP slices (they are cooked in this photo), the homemade egg replacement and the flour coating.

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

The Rice Paper Wrappers have to be soft and flexible in order to wrap the TVP slices. I’ve placed one rice wrapper after another in a shallow plate with water. It took me a few seconds to half a minute until the rice wrappers were soft enough.

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

I always like to place my bowls in the correct order so I don’t mess it up. The wrapped TVP Slices first go into the egg replacement, followed by the flour coating.

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

For the egg-replacement I’ve mixed besan/chickpea flour with water, spices and Sriracha Sauce.

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

I’ve put a lot of spices like paprika power, garlic powder, dried rosemary and salt in the flour coating – Don’t miss out on that flavor explosion!

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

Once the TVP slices are coated in the egg replacement and flour coating the hardest part is done – you only need to fry them and they’re ready! I’ve pan-fried them and it worked perfectly! Look how crispy and golden they are :)

Chick-O-Vilet Vegan Fried Chicken

Chick-o-Vilet - Vegan Fried Chicken

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for Chick-o-Vilets, the vegan alternative to fried chicken. It uses TVP as a base and yields 6 pieces, which serve 2-3 people.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian, German, Vegan
Servings 2 -3
Calories 538 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ingredients for the egg replacement

  • 3 tablespoons besan/chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kala namak (gives it an eggy taste, replace with salt if don't want to use it)

Ingredients for the flour coating

  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon all-purpose-flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried & cut rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Heat enough water in a big pot and toss the TVP slices in there once it's boiling. When the TVP slices are soft, drain them, press gently the water out of them. Leave this step out, if you use instead of the TVP slices other fake meats that don't need some cooking.
  • In a small bowl mix all the ingredients for the egg-replacement (the mixture should be egg-like, add more or less water if you need to).
  • In another small bowl mix all the ingredients for the flour coating.
  • Soften the rice wrappers by placing one by one in a shallow plate filled with water - they'll be soft in a few seconds to half a minute.
  • Flatten the rice paper on a clean, lightly wet surface and add one TVP slice in the middle. Wrap it in. Repeat for every TVP slice.
  • First place the TVP slices in the egg replacement, turn them, and put them in the flour coating - turn them again so that they're coated evenly. Repeat for the others.
  • When all TVP slices are coated you can put them in a hot pan with about 2 teaspoons of canola oil - the bottom should be covered with enough oil. Turn once the side is nicely browned.
  • Once both sides have a nice golden color, they're done!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Chef Roberto Martin (via TheOfficialHungry)
I think the Chick-o-Vilets are great with rice and cooked potatoes with parsley, but feel free to use any sides you want! They are awesome in a burger bun as well!

Nutrition

Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 43gFat: 8gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 1516mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 13gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 245IUCalcium: 255mgIron: 10.6mg
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Adrianne

Thursday 1st of September 2016

Hi Bianca! I don't like to use any oil, how could I make these so that they can be baked instead?

Bianca

Saturday 3rd of September 2016

Hi Adrienne. I haven't tried a oil-free version for these yet. You could try baking them in the oven, maybe brush them with water or marinade, so the rice paper doesn't get too crispy and breaks. Let me know how it turns out for you, if you give it a try :)

Gayatri

Wednesday 26th of August 2015

Bianca, loved the idea of using rice paper wrappers. I made tofu, spinach sandwich bites with rice paper wrapper, and will post the recipe on my blog tomorrow. Will link your post to it!

Bianca

Thursday 27th of August 2015

Thank you so much for stopping by Gayatri - I just checked out your post and love it! It's such a brilliant idea to use two tofu slices & fill them.

Eibhlin

Friday 14th of August 2015

Hi,

Do you think these would work with seitan? I have some homemade chickn style seitan that I need to use up, I think if I halve them they should be around the same size as the TVP slices. Thanks!

Bianca

Friday 14th of August 2015

Sure! It's definitely worth a try. I can't think of anything that would speak against it. Make sure the seitan is not too thick otherwise it might not get warm enough and skip the first step if your seitan is already cooked (or steamed or simply ready to cook with). I'd love to know if it works out with seitan too if you try it :)

Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Friday 5th of June 2015

This VEGAN FRIED CHICKEN looks incredible, Binaca. And what a fun idea to wrap chicken into rice papers! Beautifully presented! :)

bianca

Sunday 7th of June 2015

Thank you Anu! That's so nice of you!

Natalie @ Feasting on Fruit

Thursday 28th of May 2015

These look SO much like chicken I'm a little freaked out! The spicy chickpea egg replacer, the fancy black salt that I don't know how to pronounce, and the ingenious rice paper layer...wow Bianca! And the name is perfect ;)

bianca

Thursday 28th of May 2015

I didn't want to shock you with this one Natalie! :D The dish turned out that similar tasting and looking to the "real deal" that I had to share it! So happy you like the name! Haha. My boyfriend helped me find this one - I'm sure he's the creative one in this relationship!