What kind of mom would I be if I didn’t have a recipe for killer nuggets? While Van is still pretty young for this kind of food, I know it will only be a matter of time before he starts requesting nuggets like his friends.
And these are better than any chicken option out there.
Chewy, crispy tofu nuggets served with my dipping sauce of choice, creamy honey mustard. These are the nuggets that everyone, vegetarian or not, will love. I’ve now made these over a dozen times and have served to as many friends and kids. Obviously people knew it wasn’t chicken because I was serving it to them, but I promise that most of them said these tasted just like chicken nuggets.
Here’s the secret: tear the nuggets instead of cubing them. Tearing the tofu creates chewy, jagged edges that makes them more fun to eat. I made these once by cutting the tofu into strips and it just didn’t taste the same. I’m not sure if it was in my head or if there was that much of a texture difference, but trust me on this one. Tear, don’t cut.
Then, you’ll toss the tofu in a few spices before dredging them in flour and cornstarch. That’s another secret, the cornstarch keeps these light and crispy. I chose to bake these but they are also incredible panfried. They are a little crispier that way, but taste just as great baked- so that’s the version I went with in this recipe.
Way back in the day, we used to eat at Chick-fil-A fairly often. Our schools always partnered with them for discount nights, which is odd to think about now. We were encouraged to eat at Chick-fil-A (and Pizza Hut!) in order to get funds for the school.
Anyways, I could care less about the nuggets themselves but I loved Chick-fil-A’s dipping sauce. That creamy sauce that’s a mix between tangy BBQ sauce and honey mustard. Oh my, I could literally drink it.
So, that’s what we’re serving here. I used honey in this, which is technically not vegan, but you could substitute any liquid sweetener instead. I’m not going to pretend that there are any redeeming health benefits to this sauce, but to me nuggets aren’t nuggets unless their served this way.
Promise you’ll make these soon, then come back and tell me what you think! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
Have a great weekend!
Vegan Baked Tofu Nuggets! If you like Chick-fil-A nuggets, then you’ve gotta try this vegan version. Baked crispy tofu nuggets that are perfect for kid and adults!
For the tofu nuggets:
- 1 (15 ounce package) extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, divided
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 cup mayo (I love Just Mayo, Hellman’s Vegan & Vegenaise)
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons honey (I like honey for this, but vegan version use agave/maple syrup)
- 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil and set aside.
- Tear the tofu into bite-sized nugget pieces and place in a bowl; toss with oil, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- In a separate bowl, toss together the flour, cornstarch, remaining onion powder and garlic powder, baking soda, paprika and remaining salt.
- Dredge the tofu in the flour mixture and shake off any excess flour. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining nuggets.
- Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so it cooks evenly. Remove and serve with the sauce!
- To make the sauce, whisk together all ingredients. Season to taste, as needed and eat. So good!
Tearing the nuggets into equal size pieces makes it easier to cook and more “nugget” like.
Keywords: tofu nuggets, vegan nuggets, tofu, soy, vegan chick fila nuggets