Easy Vegan Chicken Tenders

Store bought plant based alternatives are so convenient, and easy to find now. That being said, you don’t really know everything that goes into it and lets be real here. Some of the plant based alternatives can be a bit on the pricy side.

This is also very easy to make and very affordable. You can make about 60 of these tenders for the price that you buy one packet of frozen store bought tenders. If you make nuggets you can make 120 nuggets for the price of one bag of the leading brands of vegan frozen nuggets. The cost for me to make this recipe for 10 tenders is less than $1.

If that isn’t enough to make you intrigued, I don’t know what is! You save money, get more bang for your buck, and know everything that goes into making it. What’s not to love?

Why You’ll Love These Vegan Chicken Tenders

  1. Ease These are super easy to make, you just rehydrate the TVP in some delicious broth, coat it in bread crumbs, fry or bake and that’s it!
  2. Customize This recipe can be very easily customized to your preference. Add any flavors that you would like and really make it your own, or keep the recipe as is for a delicious vegan chicken tender either way.
  3. Inexpensive: This recipe is about $2 to make and compared to store bought vegan nuggets or tenders, that is super cheap in comparison. Store bought vegan chicken tenders can get really pricy, but you can make your own with this recipe, and save yourself a lot of money.
  4. Know What’s In Your Food: I am always so skeptical of what goes into store bought plant based meats, because I have no idea what half of those ingredients are on the ingredients list! The good thing about this recipe is that, there is only two main ingredients, TVP and breadcrumbs.
  5. Storage: You can make a big batch of this recipe and and store it in a air tight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Possibly more I’m sure but that’s as far as we’ve push it. You freeze these once they are coated, before frying or making.
  6. Kid Friendly: Kids will absolutely love this recipe, even the little picky ones, like mine! My nephews who are not veg like my little ones, who are also picky little things, love these and I cant say I blame them because what is there not to love!

I love to make these for little day trips, kids lunches, and for road trips. However, these are also very adult friendly and eating these dipped in some barbecue sauce or ketchup is fantastic!

Can I bake this?

I made this recipe fried but it can also be baked.

I have added baking instructions in the recipe notes.

I prefer the fried version of almost everything, but the baked and fried version of these taste really similar.

Do I need any special ingredients?

The special ingredient for recipe is textured vegetable protein, aka TVP.

What is TVP you may ask and all it is, is a dehydrated vegetable protein.

It’s a highly processed, process because heavy machinery’s needed to make the TVP in large batches for wholesale.

Meat companies even use this ingredients in there, ground meat products like frozen store bought meatballs, burgers, and canned spaghetti and meatballs.

They use this ingredient to stretch out their meat, hence stretching out their profit.

It’s basically used as a filler, but it’s the perfect plant based meat alternative and it’s available in many different shapes and sizes.

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Easy Vegan Chicken Tenders

Homemade tasty, crunchy, flavorful, Easy vegan chicken tenders. These are much more budget friendly, then the store bought stuff.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack, Vegan Meats
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Tenders


  • 1 cup TVP textured vegetable protein
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ garlic powder
  • tsp poultry seasoning
  • ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cup bread crumbs
  • Batter
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • cup water
  • Vegetable oil for frying optional


  • In a medium sauce pan, bring vegetable stock and spices to a boil.
  • Add in TVP, mix well to saturate TVP with stock. Turn off heat and cover for 5 minutes, to rehydrate.
  • Mix in a 1/4 cup flour with TVP mix, and allow mixture to cool enough to handle.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix batter ingredients together, and separately add breadcrumbs into a wide bowl, set aside for breading station.
  • Take heaping spoonfuls of TVP mixture and form into tender shapes, or nugget shapes.
  • Dip formed tenders into the flour batter mixture, to coat and next cover in breadcrumbs.
  • Continue this process until all 10 tenders or 20 nuggets (if doing half the size) are formed and breaded.
  • If frying add enough vegetable oil into a frying pan to cover the tenders half way. Fry on high heat until each side is golden brown. This should take 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Remove from oil and place onto a paper towel lined sheet, to collect any excess oil.
  • If baking, preheat oven to 400F. and add the breaded tenders onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Lightly spray both sides of the tenders with oil spray (for a little added crispness) and bake for 30 minutes, flipping half way through.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce and ENJOY!

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