Vegan Chicken Guide: Best Vegan Chicken Recipes & Vegetarian Chicken Brands

Vegan Chicken Guide: Best Vegan Chicken Recipes & Vegetarian Chicken Brands

This article was originally published on World of Vegan.

Looking for the best vegan chicken options? Welcome to the ultimate guide to vegan chicken! In this guide you’ll find a list of the top vegan chicken brands available in stores, as well as the best vegan chicken recipes on the internet. We’ve got vegan chicken nuggets, wings, strips, cutlets, cubes, slices, and shredded veggie chicken. We have seitan chicken, tofu chicken, mushroom chicken, vegan butter chicken, chicken adobo, and beyond. Vegan fried chicken, air-fried, baked, boiled, grilled — no matter how you cook it up, you can keep it cruelty-free. Vegetarian chicken, here we come!

Why did the chicken cross the road? To go frolic in the grass!

Chickens are highly social, intelligent, and caring individuals who deserve a life free from cruelty and exploitation. Luckily, there are plenty of animal sanctuaries around the world where you can visit chickens living their best lives while leaving them off your plate. And you can fully enjoy a delicious vegan chicken salad or make a delicious scallopini with vegan chicken made from ingredients such as wheat, tofu, mushrooms, and more!

In this guide we have an amazing round-up of some of the best vegan chicken recipes ever, from nuggets to wings. We’ve selected the best vegan chicken recipes out there so you can feel good about what you eat and enjoy it, too.

Best Vegan Chicken Brands (Store-Bought & Available Online)

If you’re wondering what kind of vegan chicken you can buy at the store, check out these awesome brands!

vegan chicken nuggets package from Alpha Foods plant based and vegetarian

Best Vegan Chicken Recipes (Wings, Nuggets, Cutlets & More)

Vegan BBQ Wings

These vegan barbecue wings have it all: texture, flavor, heartiness, and some beauty to boot. Made from seitan and a tangy mustard barbecue sauce, these wings will have your taste buds flying!


Vegan Chicken Fajitas

These vegan chicken fajitas from Make It Dairy Free are perfect for a large meal or for prepping for lunch throughout the week! Soy curls are the magic ingredient in this vegan chicken recipe, made even more delicious with the help of onions, peppers, and spices. Get some fresh tortillasbeans, and rice and you’ll be in fajita heaven.

Vegan Sesame Chicken

Perfect for a quick midweek meal, this vegan sesame chicken recipe from From My Bowl is totally worth a try! Made from soy curls and a sweet and salty sesame sauce, it comes together in just minutes and goes great with a warm bowl of rice or noodles.


Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Gluten and soy-free, these delicious vegan buffalo wings are made from crunchy cauliflower! Serve alongside from chopped veggies and vegan ranch dressing and you’ll have the perfect game day spread.

vegan cauliflower buffalo wings

Vegan Chicken Nuggets

One bite of these jackfruit chicken nuggets from The Vgn Way and you’ll think you were at a fast food restaurant! Soy-free and gluten-free, these nuggets are seasoned to perfection and make a great snack or party food.

Vegan Crispy Chicken Patties

Never have a boring sandwich again with these delicious vegan chicken patties thanks to our friends at The Hidden Veggies. Dress up with some vegan ranch dressing and pickles or just enjoy on their own! Crunchy, juicy, and all-around delicious!


Vegan Chicken Cutlets

Sometimes all you need for a great meal are some vegan chicken cutlets, a side of veggies, and mashed potatoes. This vegan chicken recipe from My Plantiful Cooking has our mouths watering! Made from vital wheat gluten, spices, and nutritional yeast, it’s a great recipe for an easy go-to throughout the week.


Spicy Vegan Chicken Fingers

Like things spicy and crunchy? Then this spicy and crunchy vegan chicken recipe from Vegan Haven is for you! Grab some vegan ranch dressing and dig right in!

Oyster Mushroom Buffalo Chicken Wings

Made from oyster mushrooms, these vegan buffalo chicken wings from My Pure Plants will hit the spot! Great as an appetizer or piled onto a sandwich. Gluten and soy-free, the breading is actually made from crushed up corn flakes!


Vegan Chicken Adobo

This traditional Filipino dish gets a vegan twist thanks to our friends at Sweet Simple Vegan. Using soy curls as the base, this vegan chicken recipe is naturally gluten-free and full of flavor! Enjoy alongside some steamed rice and sautéed vegetables.


Vegan Orange Chicken

This delicious recipe for vegan orange chicken by The Daily Dish is super easy! Tofu, cornstarch, orange juice, and maple syrup are the stars of this show. Add some scallions and sesame seeds for garnish and you’ll never want takeout again!


Vegan BBQ Chicken

Free from soy, gluten, and nuts, this awesome recipe for vegan barbecue chicken comes from Rachel Steenland. The stars of the show? Jackfruit and barbecue sauce, cooked together to perfection! Great for enjoying on sandwiches, in tacos, or alongside a picnic spread.


Vegan Butter Chicken

This mouthwatering recipe for vegan butter chicken from will quickly become your new favorite. Featuring cubed extra firm tofu and a variety of flavorful spices, this Indian-inspired dish is truly creamy perfection!

Vegan Butter Chicken | Indian Food Recipe

Vegan Fried Chicken

If you’re looking for a vegan spin on a true classic, then this vegan fried chicken from Vegan Punks is a must! Made with vital wheat gluten and tofu and seasoned, battered, and fried to perfection, you may feel inspired to open your very own vegan fast food restaurant after trying this recipe.


Jackfruit Chicken Salad

This gorgeous jackfruit chicken salad from This Healthy Kitchen truly has it all. Crunchy walnuts join forces with jackfruit, walnuts, celery, and grapes in a creamy cashew-dill dressing. Delicious on its own or enjoyed between two slabs of bread!


Vegan Shredded Chicken

There’s just something so satisfying about this recipe for vegan shredded chicken from heartful table. Made with just five simple ingredients, you’ll fall in love with the crispy texture and umami flavors. Great for enjoying atop a salad, mixed into a stir-fry, or wrapped up with some lavash and colorful veggies.


General Tso’s Tofu

Satisfy your cravings for Chinese takeout with this amazing vegan chicken recipe from Steph Sunshine for General Tso’s tofu. Sweetened and battered to perfection, you’ll be dreaming of this delectable dish for weeks to come!


Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Crispy, juicy, crunchy, and 100% satisfying, these vegan chicken nuggets from The Cheeky Chickpea are perfect for enjoying as a snack or even chopped up into a salad. Made using tofu, this recipe can easily be made gluten-free if you use the right flour!


2-Ingredient Vegan Chicken

This amazing vegan chicken recipe by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken calls for only two ingredients and a broth for simmering. The trick lies in washing the flour for a chewy and juicy texture, a method that’s been documented in China since the 6th century!


Vegan Cauliflower Fried “Chicken”

Sometimes all you need for a great vegan chicken recipe is a bit of cauliflower, some spices, and flavorful batter to get it nice and crunchy. This delicious recipe by Hannah Kaminsky at Bittersweet Blog is perfect for those who prefer a more economical and straightforward version of vegan chicken. Vegan fried chicken for the win! And if you’re looking for something a little closer to the “real thing,” did you get to try the KFC vegan fried chicken that launched in early 2022? Mind blowing!


Vegan Recipes Made With Vegetarian Chicken

The BEST Vegan Chicken & Waffles

Have you ever had chicken and waffles? If not, stop everything! You need to go whip these up right now. They will be life changing, we can almost guarantee it. While chicken and waffles may sound like an odd combo, something about the savory crunch and chew of vegan chicken pairs perfectly with the fluffy syrupy vibe of vegan waffles. You can make this recipe using any of your favorite vegan chicken nuggets — a store bought version or homemade. Just air fry the, bake them, or deep fry them and pop them over freshly made waffles with some maple syrup and you’ll be in vegan brunch heaven.

Vegan Chicken and Waffles Stacked on a Plate Topped With Air Fried Nowadays Nuggets and Maple Syrup

Delicious Vegan Chicken & Dumplings Soup

This is one of the best vegan soup recipes we’ve ever tried. It’s thick, flavorful, savory, and has the perfect balance of warming soup and filling dumplings. It’s made with dehydrated soy curls as the chicken, but if you don’t have those on hand you can substitute any vegan chicken—or leave the vegetarian meat out completely. Either way, expect to scrape your bowl clean and go back for seconds and thirds! It’s that good. This recipe is from the Plantiful cookbook by Francesca Bonadonna.

Vegan Chicken and Dumplings Soup Plantiful Cookbook Photo

Easy Vegan Chicken Pot Pie

I you’ve never made a vegan pot pie, you’ve gotta try this recipe stat! It’s one of the most delicious vegan comfort food dishes out there and will make you completely forget that you’re eating plants. Magic.

Vegan Chicken Pot Pie Recipe | Vegan Recipe for Carnivores | | #veganpie #carnivorefriendly #vegancookbook #vegan #pie

Vegan Chinese Chicken Salad

If you’re a lover of California Pizza Kitchen’s Chinese Chicken Salad, you’ll love this copycat recipe made using chickpeas instead of chicken! It’s fully veganized and really easy to make, with those classic delicious sweet-and-savory sesame infused flavors.

Vegan Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

Vegan Chicken Salad

You can whip up this vegan chicken salad easily using your favorite vegetarian chicken (or homemade veggie chicken using one of the recipes above). This recipe works great for meal prep because it only improves with time in the fridge. Make a big batch and use it in wraps, sandwiches, on salads, and beyond throughout the week!

vegan chicken salad recipe using plant based chicken strips

With so many delicious vegan chicken recipes to choose from, we hope this article gives you plenty of ideas on how to make and enjoy your own meatless chicken at home! Let us know in the comments below if you decide to give them a try!

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Vegan chicken recipes guide written by Amanda Meth and edited by Michelle Cehn. Photos by our vegan food blog contributors, shared with permission. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan. Although we love the brands mentioned above, this article is not sponsored by any of them!