I love to make dips but sometimes I want something a bit more substantial than vegetable sticks with them – plus once in a while I am craving for fast food! This was the perfect time to figure out how to make mock chicken nuggets. Actually I don’t think this dish can be called fast food since it certainly takes longer to make than to order from your local fast food restaurant and at least you know what is inside if you make it yourself. For Tiia as a pescetarian it can also be difficult to find anything nice to eat there, so we don’t really go at all.
For the recipe I bought dried soy strips which are quite small but they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Just pick the ones that are most convenient for you. Soy is really versatile and you can season it however you want. You can make steaks or marinate it for stews and curries. The dried soy is really hard and needs to soak for a while before it can be used. Afterwards it can be seasoned and in this case coated in breadcrumbs and fried. The recipe I used is from the German blog Die Umsteiger who make great cooking tutorial videos for people who want to switch to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.
1-1 1/2 cups dried soya chunks
2 tsp salt
2 tsp chicken seasoning
1 tsp yeast extract
1 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 tbsp flour of your choice
First you have to soak the soy. In a small pot bring 500 ml of water, the salt, chicken spice, yeast extract and the soy pieces to a boil and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. The longer the better, so you can already prepare the soy in the morning. When it has soaked enough, remove the soy (don’t pour away the liquid) and squeeze the water out as much as you can. In the original video that is done between two wooden cutting boards which works quite well. If the soy is cold already you can also use your hands.
Take two deep plates and fill one up with bread crumbs and the other with the remaining liquid from soaking the soy. Add the soy sauce and a bit more salt or chicken spice if you feel it’s not spicy enough. Don’t worry about the amounts. The mixture needs to be quite overspiced to give the right amount of flavour to the mock chicken. Now whisk in the flour until it becomes thick enough to coat the soy with.
Start dipping the strips or nuggets into the seasoning and coat them with bread crumbs afterwards.
Fry the mock chicken in a hot pan with a bit of oil until they are lightly brown and nice and crispy. Enjoy them with your favourite dip!