A lady said to me recently that the thing she doesn’t understand about veggies/vegans is that they want meat substitutes… The only fitting answer is ignoring it and then sharing my vegan KFC my boyfriend and I made at the weekend!
When James and I started dating I was already 2 1/2 years vegetarian. We must have had a conversation about what I miss and of course KFC was in the list (pretty high up too), and so he quickly went about at recreating it with Quorn chicken. It won me over, what can I say – our relationship has strong foundations. It was so delicious that I had it as often as possible. The memories of our first year together are shrouded in fake KFC. (We do actually like each other too).
I’ll always prefer Quorn chicken, but the vegan sh*t is growing on me, and to be honest, I couldn’t really tell the difference. It was wonderful.
(Please remember I’m not a measurement person).
First things first,
There’s a lot of different recipes on the internet, I will tell you the one we always use.
Pour some flour in a bowl and add;
Be generous, the recipe online says a teaspoon of each, but doesn’t say how much flour so.. I’m down with guessing anyway. A tip, vegan chicken isn’t as nice so I recon you wouldn’t need as much flavour with real chicken, or wouldn’t matter if you didn’t add loads. But you vegans out there, go to town with the spices. You can do it.
Get another bowl with a milk alternative – I used rice milk
Throw the frozen vegan chicken in the milk
Then throw it into your flour and make sure it’s completely covered and coated
With your boiling oil that I forgot to mention earlier, so better make sure you do that, deep fry your chicken for a few minutes
You could completely cook your chicken this way, but after maybe 3 minutes for each one we popped it into the oven for 20 minutes (again could probably do less but James was cooking real chicken too)
Done and dusted. Gobble it up.
The one negative is that it is dryer than normal KFC (regardless of how long you cook it), and I have nooo idea how you make it less dry other than eat it with ketchup. So working that out will be our next step and if I find out I’ll let you know. It is an important experiment after all. My life’s mission.
Nah only joking. Everyone knows veggies/vegans life mission is to find a perfect substitute bacon.