Crispy Golden Vegan Nuggets

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AI generated by RandomRecipes Lunch, Vegan cuisine
Servings Difficulty Prep time Cook time Total time
4 Beginner 15 min 20 min 35 min

Savor the taste of kindness with these crispy, golden-brown vegan nuggets - a modern plant-based delight.

Did you know?

Did you know that the pursuit of tasty vegan nuggets has sparked innovation, resulting in products like meatless 'chicken' becoming mainstream in grocery stores?

Dive into the heart of compassionate cuisine with these Crispy Golden Vegan Nuggets! A dish that tells a tale of innovation and adaptation, vegan nuggets are a modern twist on a fast-food favorite, transformed to cater to those seeking plant-based alternatives.

Historically, nuggets have traversed from fast-food menus to home kitchens around the globe. Yet, their evolution took a leap when the vegan movement adopted this convenience food. By replacing meat with ingredients like tofu, chickpeas, and a variety of spices, vegan nuggets have become a beloved snack or meal component that doesn't skimp on flavor or texture. These golden bites are not only a testament to culinary creativity but also a nod to the ever-growing tapestry of vegan cuisine.


Celebrate the flavors of plant-based eating with a blend of hearty chickpeas, firm tofu, and a medley of spices in this easy, delightful recipe.

Chickpeas are renowned not only for their protein content but also for their versatility. This humble legume has been a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine for thousands of years and has traversed across continents to become a beloved ingredient in vegan cooking.

  • 400g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 200g firm tofu, pressed and crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 30g nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 100g all-purpose flour (gluten-free if desired)
  • 200g breadcrumbs (gluten-free if desired)
  • 120 ml plant-based milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying


The process of creating these nuggets is as joyous as it is simple. Follow these straightforward steps to achieve the perfect crunch and flavor that will please vegans and non-vegans alike!

  1. In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, tofu, onion, and garlic until well combined but still slightly chunky for texture.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Shape the mixture into small, bite-size nuggets.
  4. Setup three shallow bowls: one with flour, one with plant-based milk, and one with breadcrumbs.
  5. Dip each nugget into the flour, followed by the milk, and finally coat evenly in breadcrumbs.
  6. Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry the nuggets until golden brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Transfer the nuggets to a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil before serving.

Add some extra love

For an extra kick of flavor, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the breadcrumb mixture!

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