Tofu Chicken Nuggets

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
These tofu chicken nuggets can be made ahead to use throughout the week. To mimic the taste (and texture!) of chicken, we also use a plant-based product called seitan. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tofu Chicken Nuggets Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (14 ounces) soft tofu, patted dry
  • 2-3/4 cups vital wheat gluten, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 cup vegan egg substitute (powdered)
  • Oil for frying


  1. Combine tofu, 1-1/2 cups vital wheat gluten, poultry seasoning, salt, garlic powder and pepper in large bowl just until combined. Add 1/4 cup water, a little at a time, until dough forms a ball. On a surface lightly dusted with vital wheat gluten, roll dough into a circle about a 1/2 inch thick. Gently cut or tear dough into 50 pieces.
  2. In a large saucepan, place a steamer basket over 1 in. water. In batches, place dough pieces in basket. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a low boil; steam, covered, until pieces look puffed and firm, 10-15 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
  3. Place remaining 1-1/4 cups vital wheat gluten in a shallow bowl. In a separate shallow bowl, mix egg substitute with remaining 1 cup water; let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Dip pieces in egg mixture, then in vital wheat gluten. In a Dutch oven, heat oil to 375°. Fry in batches until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side; drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

Tofu Chicken Nugget Tips

What sauces should I serve with tofu chicken nuggets?

Serve them with a classic BBQ sauce, ketchup, honey mustard, teriyaki sauce or sweet-and-sour sauce. The options are endless! By the way, make sure you avoid these tofu cooking mistakes when preparing this dish.

Where can I buy vital wheat gluten?

Vital wheat gluten is the main ingredient in seitan, which is a popular meat substitute. When mixed with water, the vital wheat gluten takes on a hearty texture similar to meat. You can find vital wheat gluten at most grocery stores or online. We particularly like the Bob's Red Mill brand.

How do I store tofu chicken nuggets?

Store leftover tofu nuggets in airtight containers and store for up to 3 days. To reheat, place nuggets on a greased sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees until they’re hot and crispy. Discover more tofu recipes, too.

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

5 pieces: 268 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.