Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets — Vegan Recipe

This one time, Chance the Rapper tweeted that he wanted Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets to return so Wendy’s brought them back. Who knew he had so much say in the fast-food community! So I thought to myself, “What better time than now to create a VEGAN version!?”

Feel free to share & print my recipe below to make your own Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets! Or you can watch me on YouTube show you how to make it!

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets

Related Recipe: Wendy’s S’Awesome Sauce Recipe

Hi, I’m Candice & welcome to The Edgy Veg! Where I try to veganize popular food for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or by-products of animals.

This vegan version of Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets is essentially a delicious marinated tofu, covered in a slightly spicy, crunchy coating that is fried to crispy perfection. Yup, perfection. These vegan chicken nuggets make for an easy and tasty snack or meal. Try them with a twist, and do them up buffalo style, with a spicy sauce, and side of ranch dip. Or, try my recipe for Wendy’s S’Awesome Sauce that’s usually served with these Wendy’s nuggets.

How To Make: Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets

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Spicy Chicken Nuggets

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Ingredients for Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets Recipe

To make my version of Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets, you just need:

HACK IT: The best way to make the nugget form is to press your tofu for about 2 hours to get it nice and dry. Then you’ll want to tear the tofu into nugget shapes, as opposed to cutting the tofu into square pieces.

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Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets — Vegan Recipe
 
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The vegan version of the Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets is essentially a delicious marinated tofu, covered in a slightly spicy, crunchy, fried to crispy perfection coating. Great for dipping.This recipe makes for an easy and tasty snack or meal. They're even better when they're done up buffalo style with a spicy sauce, and side of ranch dip.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: Serves 4
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Instructions
  1. Place tofu nuggets into a bowl and add chicken-style broth. Turn to coat each piece of tofu completely and let stand at least 15 minutes or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.
  2. In a medium shallow bowl, whisk together flour, breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Set Aside.
  3. Whisk together egg replacer and Franks Hot sauce.
  4. Dredge the tofu by removing each piece from the broth marinade and dip into the seasoned flour.
  5. Dip it into the egg replacer mixture, and once more into the seasoned flour.
  6. Place the dredged tofu on a wire rack, and continue until you’ve dredged all your tofu.
  7. Heat up your oil to 365F, and line a baking sheet, as the tofu rests.
  8. Carefully lower the tofu into the hot oil, cooking it in batches.
  9. Fry until golden brown, and heated through, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the oil and place on a clean wire rack, set over a lined- baking sheet. Repeat until you have cooked all the tofu.
  11. Serve with your choice of dipping sauces: vegan ranch, creamy Sriracha(recipe below), BBQ, Sweet & Sour, Maple Mustard, Habanero Ranch, or Side of S’Awesome sauce.
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To cook in oven
Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Place dredged tofu on the prepared baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 15 mins, flip, and bake for another 15 more minutes, or until golden.
 

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7 Comments

  • Ryan says:

    I tried this recipe and loved it! It’s a great alternative for kids or teens if they want spicy chicken nuggets from wendys. At least I know what’s in this recipe, versus a restaurant where who knows what goes in it

  • Barb says:

    I made this and it was delicious. I don’t eat gluten or soy because of a thyroid condition so I used Burmese tofu, which I make from chickpea flour and water. I used chickpea bread crumbs and chickpea flour for the coating and added turmeric for the orange color. The coating was crispy and tasted great. Burmese tofu has a different texture than traditional soy so it wasn’t the same as yours but it was still quite tasty
    Thanks

  • Kay says:

    I am concerned about the vegetable broth you used. It’s not organic or GMO free. Can I just use vegetable broth.
    Thanks

  • selena henry says:

    Haven’t tried this yet, but you deserve 5 stars for all your hard work in producing such wonderful recipes as this.

  • Tricia says:

    How would these be in the air fryer?

  • Cat says:

    Love it, thanks Edgy! Could I use tempeh though? I just don’t like tofu!

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