KFC-style vegan fried chicken

I know it’s junk food but once in a while I do miss KFC. Maybe I don’t really miss the chicken that much but the unique, crunchy, tasty batter, and I am sure I am not the only one. So…. I thought why not make a copycat veganised KFC-style “chicken”… Here we go!!!!!

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

First, wash and dry the oyster mushrooms. If the mushroom is too big, tear it in half by hand.

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

Combine all the spice mix ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well.

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

Place 80g of the spice mixture into the other bowl, add 200 ml of unsweetened soy milk and 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast, whisk gently until you get a smooth batter.

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

Assembly time, let’s organise our worktop a little bit.

You should have a plate of oyster mushrooms, a liquid and a dry mixture like the picture.

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

Dip each piece of mushroom into the liquid mixture, let it soak for a few seconds and absorb the batter. Then roll it into the dry mixture until completely coated.

Repeat the same process for each piece, place them onto a tray/plate to let the coating sit for a few minutes.

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

Heat up the oil in a small non-stick saucepan and carefully add the mushroom piece-by-piece into the oil. Depending on how big your saucepan is, try to not overcrowd too many pieces in at once. Deep fry until it is a beautiful golden colour all around and floating on the oil.

Place the deep-fried mushrooms on a tray with oil-absorbing cooking paper or kitchen towel and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

Serve with freshly squeezed lime juice and your preferred flavour of sauce (sweet chilli sauce, curry sauce or sweet & sour sauce… etc).

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

For this recipe, I’ve tried tofu, seitan, tempeh, cauliflower and other ingredients, but out of them all I think the oyster mushroom is the winner, it’s not just tender but juicy and flavourful too. You also get this tearable texture like a real chicken but completely 100% plant-based.

This is a must-try recipe, it is an incredibly tasty, beer-pair food for Friday night.

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

You may also be interested in checking out my other meat/fish craving recipe – deep fried vegan calamari. It is made from oyster mushrooms as well.

If you’ve followed and made this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and take a picture, tagging it with #k33_kitchen and share it on Instagram! I’d be very excited to see what you come up with. Cheers, hope you enjoy my recipes!

K33 Kitchen KFC-style vegan fried chicken

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Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 3

Prep.: 10 mins | Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients:

Spices mix

  • 200 g plain all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (optional)

Other

  • 300 g oyster mushrooms.
  • 200 ml unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Oil to fry
  • Pinch of salt
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Instructions:
  1. Combine all the spice mix ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well.
  2. Place 80g of the spice mixture into the other bowl, add 200 ml of unsweetened soy milk and 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast, whisk gently until you get a smooth batter.
  3. You should have a plate of oyster mushrooms, a liquid and a dry mixture like the picture.
  4. Dip each piece of mushroom into the liquid mixture, let it soak for a few seconds and absorb the batter. Then roll it into the dry mixture until completely coated. Repeat the same process for each piece, place them onto a tray/plate to let the coating sit for a few minutes.
  5. Heat up the oil in a small non-stick saucepan and carefully add the mushroom piece-by-piece into the oil (depending on how big your saucepan is, try to not overcrowd too many pieces in at once), deep fry until it is a beautiful golden colour all around and floating on the oil.
  6. Place the deep-fried mushrooms on a tray with oil-absorbing cooking paper or kitchen towel and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with freshly squeezed lime juice and your preferred flavour sauce (sweet chilli sauce, curry sauce or sweet & sour sauce… etc).
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Luke
Luke
1 year ago
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I’ve done this few times and it’s truly delicious, thank you. Do you know if this will work if substitute oat milk for soy milk?

JD
JD
1 year ago
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We love this recipe! It really tastes like KFC and the oyster mushrooms have a nice crunchy exterior. It is definitely on our favourites list!

Martha
Martha
1 year ago
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Kee, thank you for sharing your recipe. I haven’t eaten fried chicken in decades and the oyster mushrooms satisfied my taste memory! I liked it so much that I am in the process of growing my own mushrooms at home.

Liv
Liv
1 year ago
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Tastes just like KFC! I’m so impressed 10/10 recipe!

K
K
2 years ago
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Hello there. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try. The only trouble is I may be a coeliac and so is there a proven flour that can be used as a substitute without comprising taste and texture significantly? Essentially what is a gluten free alternative? Thanks so much! K

Thuy
Thuy
2 years ago
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Wonderful I love the coating for KFC but always hated the chicken this recipe has literally changed my life thanks a million

L
L
2 years ago

Can you please explain if the milk has to be mixed in with the spice mix or just flour? I’m very confused about what the two bowls in the worktop before frying are. I’d love a clarification so i can try this out!

K
K
2 years ago
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Tried it tonight; PERFECT, if not a taaaaaaad little too salty. But truly, delicious. Thank you for this!

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Shamayqua Torres
Shamayqua Torres
2 years ago

Hi, I would like this recipe but like not deep fried. Like can I put it in the air friyer?