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Crispy tofu nuggets that will remind you of vegan chicken nuggets! High in protein, crispy, and incredibly delicious!

homemade vegan chicken nuggets on a blue plate
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Tofu Nuggets – what’s that? Tofu chicken nuggets, feel free to call them vegan chicken nuggets, are marinated pieces of tofu with a crunchy crust made with cornflakes cooked in a little oil until golden brown and crispy.

Why call them vegan chicken nuggets? I am sure they remind you of real chicken nuggets as they are similar in taste, texture, and crispiness. Although, 100% plant-based! 

close up shot of vegan chicken nuggets with mango chutney

Tofu is high in protein, making these vegan nuggets an excellent and delicious protein source that can be served as a snack, finger food, or main dish. I love to serve vegan chicken nuggets with this Thai cucumber salad or polenta fries, which makes for a wonderful family lunch or dinner. Feel free to serve them with a side dish of your choice.

Don’t forget to include some dipping sauces such as ketchup, vegan mayo, or BBQ sauce. My recommendation: Dip them in mango chutney – incredibly delicious!

vegan nuggets with mango chutney dip

Homemade vegan chicken nuggets should be favored over the storebought version. Sure, there are plenty of vegan chicken nugget options to buy in the grocery store, but they often come with extra sugar and ingredients you better stay away from when following a balanced diet.

It’s ok to eat processed food from time to time, but I would rather suggest making them at home. Besides, the recipe is super easy to make. Plus, vegan nuggets are healthier, fresher, and more delicious when homemade.

Tofu Marinade

Tofu itself is relatively flavorless. Therefore, a marinade is non-negotiable – don’t skip it. The marinade consists of ketchup, soy sauce, mustard, maple syrup, curry powder, and salt! Enough salt is essential; otherwise, the vegan nuggets will taste bland.

You can marinate the tofu up to one day in advance and store it overnight in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Good preparation is half the battle! 😉

crispy tofu with cornflakes crust on a white plate

Crunchy Coating

There are three parts involved to make the most crunchy coated nuggets:

  1. Flour (white flour, whole wheat flour, spelt flour, or gluten-free flour).
  2. Dairy-free milk and cornstarch (e.g., oat milk or soy milk – preferably unsweetened)
  3. Cornflakes (preferably unsweetened or with only a little sugar)
tofu chicken nuggets coating

Toss the marinated tofu pieces in this order. The smaller the cornflakes (pulse in a food processor), the better they stick. 

How To Make This Tofu Nuggets Recipe

Read through this visual step-by-step guide with lots of extra tips. → Plus, make sure to watch the recipe video! 😉

  • Cover the tofu in a paper towel and press to remove excess water (or use a tofu press). Slice the tofu in 8 thin triangles (or sticks/square/rectangle – whichever you prefer).
  • Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl. Brush each tofu piece with it and place them in a deep dish or plate. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. → Feel free to marinate the tofu covered overnight in the fridge.
  • Place the cornflakes in a food processor and pulse a few times until it resembles coarse crumbs. → If you don’t have a food processor, place them in a zip blog bag and crunch using a rolling pin.
  • Prepare 3 deep dishes: 1. Flour, 2. Mix dairy-free milk and cornstarch, 3. Cornflakes.
Tofu Nuggets Recipe Step-1-4
  • Using two forks, dip each tofu first in the flour, then in the milk-cornstarch-mix, and then in the cornflakes. Make sure to gently press the cornflakes onto the tofu using your fingers. → To make the cornflakes stick better to the tofu!
Tofu Nuggets Recipe Step-5-8
  • Heat a skillet with oil and fry each side for about 5 minutes until golden brown. → Place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil before serving.
Tofu Nuggets Recipe Step-9-12
  • I love to serve them with mango chutney!
vegan tofu nuggets on a blue plate

Recipe FAQ & Tips

Can I keep leftovers? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, they lose their chirpiness when stored in the refrigerator. I like to eat them chilled out of the fridge, but you can reheat them in a skillet with some oil if you prefer crispy and warm tofu nuggets.

Which tofu to use? Make sure to go for extra firm tofu! Keeps its texture better and soaks up more marinade than any other tofu variation.

How to make gluten-free vegan chicken nuggets? Swap flour with gluten-free flour and use tamari, also known as gluten-free soy sauce. This recipe is not calling for breadcrumbs (as some other tofu chicken nugget recipes do). Instead, they are made with cornflakes, which are naturally gluten-free, and in my opinion, resulting in crispier nuggets. Win-Win!

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vegan tofu nuggets on a blue plate

Tofu Nuggets – Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Crispy tofu nuggets that will remind you of vegan chicken nuggets! High in protein, crispy, and incredibly delicious!
Author : Aline Cueni
5 from 3 votes

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Prep Time :20 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Servings : 8 Nuggets
Calories : 121kcal

Ingredients
 

Marinade

Tofu Nuggets

  • 2 cups (80 g) unsweetened corn flakes
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 3 tbsp dairy-free milk
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp oil

Instructions
 

  • Cover the tofu in a paper towel and press to remove excess water (or use a tofu press). Slice the tofu in 8 thin triangles (or sticks/square/rectangle – whichever you prefer).
  • Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl. Brush each tofu piece with it and place them in a deep dish or plate. Set aside to marinade while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. → Feel free to marinade the tofu covered overnight in the fridge.
  • Place the cornflakes in a food processor and pulse a few times until it resembles coarse crumbs. If you don't have a food processor, place them in a zipblog bag and crunch using a rolling pin.
  • Prepare 3 deep dishes: 1. Flour, 2. Mix dairy-free milk and cornstarch, 3. Cornflakes.
  • Using two forks, dip each tofu first in the flour, then in the milk-cornstarch-mix, and then in the cornflakes. Make sure to gently press the cornflakes onto the tofu using your fingers. → To make them stick better to the tofu!
  • Heat a skillet with oil and fry each side for about 5 minutes until golden brown. → Place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil before serving.
  • I love to serve them with mango chutney!

Notes

  • Leftovers can be stored for up to two days in the fridge. However, they lose their chirpiness when stored in the refrigerator. I like to eat them chilled out of the fridge, but you can reheat them in a skillet with some oil if you prefer crispy and warm tofu nuggets.
  • Gluten-Free? Use tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) and gluten-free flour. 

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3mg
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