Vegan Takis Fried Chick'n Sandwich
Updated: Sep 24, 2020
Today we're taking some Takis, crushing them, and then coating some Vegan Chick'n with 'em and deep frying that dude! YOWZA!
This might sound like a crazy sandwich, but it's actually quite simple and easy to make! It's a basic Fried Chick'n recipe with one little trick. We're gonna take some Takis and put 'em in a ziploc bag, and then using a tenderizer, we're gonna crush 'em! Then we simply will coat the Chick'n with 'em before deep frying!
Tips for Fried Chick'n:
If using Gardein Chick'n products, thaw them overnight in the fridge or on the counter top for about an hour. DO NOT microwave or you'll end up cooking them and they won't be pliable.
Use an electric Deep Fryer like this FryDaddy.
If not using an electric deep fryer, get a deep fry thermometer. You can use a different one if you fry in a pan, but for my money, the deep fry thermometer has been a big help. I like to fry at 375° F.
Use a wire rack after frying to prevent the chick'n from steaming itself and getting soggy. You can also keep the Fried Chick'n warm in the oven on a wire rack. Just set the oven to lowest setting possible. Mine goes down to 170° F as an example.
Don't use olive oil to fry. You need to use something with a high smoke point, I usually fry with peanut or vegetable oil.
For the vegan buttermilk, really let the plant-milk and vinegar sit for a good 5 -10 minutes. I have found that different plant-milks will thicken more or less. If it's not thick enough, add some more vinegar.
The seasoning for the dry mix is something you can and should tailor to your tastes! I personally like using a Cajun Seasoning most the time.
Shake off the excess flour and batter when you dredge.
Make sure you press the flour into the chick'n so it sticks!
You can freeze these for later, just Air Fry to reheat (I would do it at 380° in 5 - 6 minute increments and check until it's heated through). Or if using an oven, preheat to 400° F and let the Chick'n sit at room temperature while the oven heats up. Then cook on a wire rack for 10 - 15 minutes.
I'm using Gardein Scallopini filets in this recipe, but you could just as easily use my recipes for Tofu Fried Chick'n HERE or my recipe for Fried Seitan Chick'n HERE or even my recipe for Fried Oyster Mushrooms HERE.
If you prefer less oil, you can use the same technique for Air Frying with THIS RECIPE.
Additionally, you can use half the ingredients for the dry and wet batter and Air Fry this recipe too. All you need to do is line your Air Fryer with some parchment paper that you've poked holes with (the parchment paper keeps the batter from sticking to the air fryer). Then do a single dredge and place your chick'n in the air fryer. Make sure not to crowd the air fryer, you don't want any pieces touching. Next, spray the chick'n with some cooking spray, you want to make sure you don't see any dry flour. Then flip them and spray again.
Air Fry for about 6 minutes at 380° F, then flip and spray them again, and repeat the process until they are at your desired doneness!
One important note, DO NOT preheat your Air Fryer with the parchment paper. Otherwise the paper will fly into the coils and cause a fire! NOOOO!
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Makes 1 Sandwich
2 Gardein Chick’n Scallopini filet
1-2 cups crushed Takis
1/3 cup plant milk
2 Tbsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
Dill pickle slices
1 burger bun
2 Tbsp of vegan Ranch
Bring a pot of oil to 375 degrees.
While your oil is heating up, microwave your chick’n filets for 1-2 minutes to thaw them. Combine the 2 filets together by mashing them until they form 1 big patty.
Put about 2 big handfuls of Takis in a ziploc bag (I crushed the entire bag of Takis so I'm guesstimating, you might need more) crush them with a tenderizer or hammer, or your hands if you gotta!
Prepare your dredging station. Combine the plant milk, hot sauce and apple cider vinegar in one bowl, let it sit for a couple minutes to form the buttermilk. Combine the flour and cajun seasoning in another bowl. Add crushed Takis to a third bowl.
Once oil is up to frying temperature, dredge your filet first in the flour, then the wet mixture and then liberally coat with the crushed Takis. Place carefully in oil and let it fry for about 5-6 minutes.
Add some vegan Ranch to both the top and bottom buns. Add your Fried Chick'n then top with pickles and the top bun.