Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Homestyle Vegan Chicken Fingers

This is based practically entirely on my General Tso's Tofu.



This is for more of a spicier Cajun vegan finger, so replace any spices with what you see fit!

2 C dried bean curd skin/peel
2 C veg. chicken broth (1 bouillon cube = 2 C broth)
1 C cornstarch
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1/2 tsp oregano, dried
1/4 tsp cumin, ground
1/4 tsp garlic powder


1. Boil 2 C of water and add bouillon cube. Stir until dissolved.

2. Put dried tofu in a bowl. Pour 1 C of broth over to cover tofu. Stir around.

3. Let sit for 10-15 minutes (whenever you don't feel any hard parts). You may need to add more broth as needed.

4. Place cornstarch and spices in a tall bowl. Stir with a fork.

5. Heat 1/4" of oil in frying pan on Med/Med-High heat. Drop a small piece of batter in (a little of the cornflour + a little broth). When it sizzles, it's ready. (BE CAREFUL OF NOT GETTING ANY LIQUID IN THE OIL!)

6. When tofu is ready, drain the excess broth (don't let it sit in it).

7. One at a time, place about 10 soaked tofu bits in the bowl of cornstarch. Gently swirl it around to cover completely. They should look dry. If moisture is coming through, give them another swirl.

8. Gently place in the oil. Fry each side about 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to drain on a paper towel.

9. Repeat 7 & 8 in small batches until all gone (duh).



Serve with your favorite sauce! I used BBQ sauce and a homemade ranch.

*Dried tofu skin is ideal. I bought mine at an Asian grocery store.

10 comments:

chow vegan said...

So yummy looking! I'm going to try it. Have you ever use the fresh tofu skin knots before? I just saw some at my local asian supermarket. Thanks!

Jhenn said...

wow! I have never seen fresh ones before! The big one I go to in Cleveland seems to be getting more things in, so I will keep my eyes peeled!

chow vegan said...

The fresh ones work great! I just posted my results. I noticed one thing though - in the ingredients list it has cornflour instead of cornstarch. I assume you meant cornstarch and that's what I used and it came out great. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

Jhenn said...

thanks@ fixed it!

Sarah said...

I've never seen these before, I wish my town had an asian market!

Julie said...

I found the tofu skin knots and am going to try your recipe this weekend. Just one question though, what's the difference between using cornflour and cornstarch? I don't really use either of these ingredients so don't know the affects. Thanks!

Vegan Ronin said...

Cornstarch and cornflour are the same thing ^_^

Karen said...

I can't wait to try this one, but I am not a big fan of frying. Is there anyway to bake them?

Vegan Ronin said...

You can bake it, but it comes out dry and chewy. I think actual tofu instead of tofu knots would be good for baking!

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