Vegan Favorites: Crispy Cauliflower Chicken Wings
One of the guilty pleasures I crave the most after becoming vegan is Fried Chicken. My favorite childhood memories are of being with my mom in the kitchen , our hands covered in flour and listening to the satisfying sizzle of oil on the pan. Now that I choose not to indulge in meat anymore, my mind still craves the crispy outer texture and soft juicy inside that fried chicken always left my mouth watering for more. Once I became vegan, my mission was to try and replicate that childhood memory with a healthier plant based option. My life was forever changed once I discovered the incredible power of breaded cauliflower (wow she cooks and rhymes).
One of the first recipes I discovered was from the beautiful Sweet Potato Soul. Her recipes are amazing and her version is definitely killer and more refined. I was inspired by her spicy cauliflower fried chicken which you can check out on www.sweetpotatosoul.com . I played around with a few options until I came up with my favorite staple recipe. I'm still working on getting my frying skills more consistent while taking photos and filming, but the breading on this one never fails. Read more to discover how to create this amazing Cauliflower Fried Chicken.
1 head of Cauliflower
1/2 cup Pad Thai Sauce (vegan friendly)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Oil for frying (I use sunflower oil)
Dipping sauce ( I used mesquite barbecue sauce)
Breading Mixture which includes:
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup vegan friendly bread crumbs
- 1/2 tbsp corn starch
Seasoning is up to you but I use:
- 1 tbsp Total Seasoning
- Himalayan Pink Salt to taste
- Trader Joes Every Day Seasoning to taste
*Place half of the mixture in ziploc bag to use for next time
1. Start by placing all ingredients for the breading mix in a bowl
2. Mix until all parts are evenly distributed. Place to the side
4. In a separate bowl, Mix together almond milk and pad thai sauce until almond milk becomes thick and the pad thai sauce is dissolved.
5. Chop head of cauliflower into wing sized pieces. Or you can use your hands
6. Place oil in a pan on med/high heat and let the oil heat up until ready for frying (enough to evenly fry cauliflower)
7. One by one, dip cauliflower pieces once into wet mix and then into dry mix. Repeat on the same piece of cauliflower (yes this means double dipping)
8. When the piece is fully covered in batter, place in the frying pan.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with all cauliflower pieces. Make sure to flip them evenly until all sides are crispy and golden brown. (or if you're like me... dark brown)
10. When pieces are finished frying, place them on a paper towel over a plate to soak up the oil
11. Allow them to cool.
12. Place on a plate and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!!!!
When you're all finished they should be golden crispy on the outside and juicy /flavorful on the inside