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Easy Vegan Chicken Tenders

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!