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tofu nuggets with honey mustard dipping sauce

Vegan Baked Tofu Nuggets

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish, tofu, dinner
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: vegan, american
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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! With Air Fryer instructions.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish, tofu, dinner
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: vegan, american
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish, tofu, dinner
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: vegan, american
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

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

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nugget Sauce: 

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil and set aside. Don’t skip this step as you need some oil to get the golden texture and color. 
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss together the flour, cornstarch, remaining onion powder and garlic powder, baking soda, paprika and remaining salt.
  4. Dredge the tofu in the flour mixture and shake off as much excess flour as possible. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining nuggets. Spray with more oil (I really love Chosen Food’s non-propellent cooking spray) or drizzle with more olive oil– again, this will give you the color and texture in the photos.
  5. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so it cooks evenly. Remove and serve with the sauce!
  6. To make the sauce, whisk together all ingredients. Season to taste, as needed and eat. So good!

Notes

Tearing the nuggets into equal size pieces makes it easier to cook and more “nugget” like. See commentary above.

To make these in an air-fryer, I recommend cooking them at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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