CopyCat Vegan Chick-Fil-A
Vegan Copycat Chick-Fil-A
What's good: Chick-Fil-A
Let's talk about it... What is a vegan doing making copycat Chick-Fil-A? Well let me tell you, it sounded like a challenge, it sounded fun, and everyone talks about it. So why the hell not? I have never in my life eaten there, so it was never something I thought about making. Until recently when my boyfriend and I got the stomach fl. We stayed at home binge watching Hellthy Junk Food all day and they planted the idea in my head. What I strive to do here at Summersbaked is to prove that as a vegan, the food I make is not boring or plain. I non-stop hear people talking about how they can never go vegan because they "like the taste of food too much","I like more than just vegetables, I would get bored" or "sometimes I just crave something greasy". It was clear to me when I first went vegan that there is a huge misconception when it comes to vegan food. We eat more than just salad and it sure as hell ain't always healthy. Just because I choose to not eat animals does not mean my food is boring; as you can tell, my recipes are no wear near boring. So yeah, I had to take a crack at making vegan Chick-Fil-A and boy did I ever.
Since I have never had Chick-Fil-A before I had to leave it up to my boyfriend to tell me if I got it close or not, his verdict: "It was freaking awesome and tasty and I liked it. It tasted just like Chick Fil-A." If any of you are worried that he just tells me what I want to hear, no worries, he is pretty blunt (no pun intended), so when he likes something he tells me but when he doesn't like something he throws it away. (Even if I worked really hard on it and really wanted him to love it. I can't be to salty about it, at least I know he's honest.) So what does the vegan think of it, I totally understand why people go crazy over Chick-Fil-A, the flavor was phenomenal! I don't like pickles on food, I just eat pickles by themselves. So I did away with the pickles and put lettuce on it instead. Oh gesh, I am obsessed. Even though I didn't have pickles on top the subtle pickle flavor from the brine just brought all the flavors together! This was also a really fun recipe to make, it's going to leave your kitchen a mess though so prepare for that. However, I promise you that it will be well worth it.
I am pre-warning you now, this is NOT something you should make everyday, or even a lot. That being said, when you take your first bite, you are going to want it again and again! CONTROL IT, there is a reason people don't eat fast food every day and this recipe is going to prove why. I am giving you a secret that can lead to bad habits, you don't want that. I will confess that my boyfriend and I made this twice in one week, we really liked it what can we say. However, after the second time we told each other that it had to be the last time for awhile!
Time To Get Baked
- Vegan Chicken Breast (I used Gardein lightly seasoned chicken scallopini)
- Oil for Frying
- 2 1/2- 3 Cups Hot Water
- 1/2-1 Cup Pickle Juice
- 4 Tbsp Salt
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tsp of Accent Flavor
- 1/4 Cup Oil
- 2 Tbsp of paprika
- 1 Tsp of Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp of cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp of Accent Flavor
- 2 Eggs worth of egg replacement
- 4 Tbsp of non sweetened Almond milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp powdered non-fat milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp accent flavor
- In a medium size bowl combined all ingredients for the Brine.
- Soak your vegan chicken in the brine for 30 minutes coved and refrigerated. (I would use caution letting them soak any longer they may not be able to hold there form.)
- While you vegan chicken is soaking, start making a dredging station.
- On a plate combined all your dry rub ingredients.
- In medium size bowl combined all you dry mixture.
- In a small bowl, big enough to dip your vegan chicken, add your egg replacement and milk stir to combined.
- Start heating up your oil for frying.
- After 30 minutes, very carefully pull you vegan chicken out of the brine. (it's going to be kind of mushy and very fragile.) Pat dry.
- Add on your dry rub, toss in your dry mixture, wet mixture, then back into your dry mixture
- Fry for 5-6 minutes until golden brown on both sides.