Best Vegan Chicken Drumsticks | Vegan Drumstick Recipe

By October 1, 2019Vegan Recipes

Vegan DrumsticksI’m SO excited to finally show you my vegan chicken drumsticks recipe. It’s so tasty and truly is a faux chicken drumstick to trick your friends & family!

You’ve probably seen many medieval movies or Game of Thrones episodes where they eat the stereotypical drumsticks at dinner and I figured I would challenge myself to make my own vegan drumstick! This recipe might seem a little tricky to a beginner cook, but don’t be scared!

I’ve created easy-to-follow instructions! You can also watch me on YouTube show you how to make it!

Give it a shot because you will surprise yourself and people you choose to eat it with. My non-vegan friends were shocked by how much this looked like “the real thing”.

People will be so shocked by how good this vegan chicken replacement is, that they’ll have a “bone” to pick with you for not cooking it earlier. Sorry, couldn’t resist that pun.

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How To Make: Vegan Chicken Drumsticks

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Typically, vegan chicken swaps are made of tofu, seitan, cauliflower, or jackfruit. This recipe uses all of my best vegan chicken hacks at once to create the ultimate vegan chicken drumsticks recipe

You can enjoy this recipe with family, use for meal prep, or freeze for future use! I’ve given you two sauce options for this recipe (one for my gluten-free friends!), whether you like your drumsticks saucy or breaded. I’ve given you the best of both worlds! Leave a comment below if you prefer saucy or breaded 🙂

Vegan Chicken from The Edgy Veg

Some of the most common recipes that people look for are tasty vegan swaps for chicken products. I’ve done lots on this blog, as well as on my YouTube Channel. From my Google #1 Ranked Vegan Chicken Wings, to the fan favorite Vegan KFC Fried Chicken or Vegan Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich.

INGREDIENTS FOR VEGAN CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

For the Vegan Drumsticks:

For Saucy Drumsticks:

For Breaded Drumsticks:

How To Make Vegan Chicken DrumsticksINSTRUCTIONS FOR VEGAN CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

  1. To start making the vegan chicken, in a medium-size pot, whisk together no-chicken broth, nutritional yeast, poultry seasoning, onion powder, and liquid smoke.
  2. Add jackfruit, and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for another 10 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Remove the pot from heat and set aside.
  5. In a small blender or bowl with a whisk, whip together mung bean starch and silken tofu.
  6. Add water 1 tsp at a time as needed (only if you feel that it is too dry).
  7. Add to the jackfruit mixture 1 tbsp at a time and mix until it starts to come together.
  8. Fill a shallow bowl with warm water and soften the rice paper by soaking each sheet for about 30 seconds. Remove the rice paper from the bowl and place the rice paper on a flat surface and using a sharp knife, cut in half.
  9. Place 2-3 tbsp of the jackfruit mixture onto the rice paper, then if you’re using a faux “bone”, place one ‘bone’ on top. For mine, I prefer to use small bamboo sticks. You can also use sugar cane swizzle sticks, cauliflower stems, or have boneless wings.
  10. Cover the faux “bone” with jackfruit and wrap the rice paper around the jackfruit mixture, leaving the bone exposed (exactly like a chicken wing). Set aside and repeat.

TIP: Make larger bundles if you are mimicking fried “chicken” instead.

NOTE: If you are using cauliflower for ‘bones’: Take your cauliflower and cut off all leaves as close to the stem as you can, whilst making sure to not cut off any of the stem. Cut the whole cauliflower into quarters, slicing from the stem to the florets of the cauliflower – you want to keep the stem attached to the florets as this is what will make your ‘bone’ and also hold onto the mixture of the jackfruit. Cut off the majority of the florets of each cauliflower quarter, so that you get the basic shape of a drumstick. See images for a guide as to how this should look before moving on to the next step.

Vegan Chicken DrumsticksIf you want Saucy Drumsticks (GLUTEN-FREE OPTION)

Whisk together the barbecue and hot sauces in a bowl. Add more of either or both sauces if you’d like your wings extra saucy. Coat each wing in the sauce and cook according to your preferred cooking method.

Air Fryer: Place wings into the air fryer basket and cook at 375F for roughly 10 mins.

OR

Oven: Place wings on a lined baking sheet and broil for 8-12 minutes, turning every 2 minutes until they are lightly charred on all sides.

Toss wings in more sauce and serve.

Vegan Drumstick RecipeIf you want Breaded Drumsticks

Heat a pot of vegetable oil, filled less than halfway to the top, to 350F.

In a shallow bowl, whisk together aquafaba and hot sauce. In another bowl, combine flour, cajun spice, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning, onion powder, and sea salt. Dredge each wing in the flour mixture, then the aquafaba mixture, back into the flour mixture, then into the hot oil.

Fry until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. Then place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any access oil.

Recipe for Vegan Chicken Drumsticks

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Get ready to devour these delicious vegan chicken drumsticks! This recipe will shock your non-vegan friends and show them vegan food tastes delicious.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
For the Wings:
For Saucy Wings:
For Breaded Wings:
Instructions
  1. In a medium size pot, whisk together no-chicken broth, nutritional yeast, poultry seasoning, onion powder and liquid smoke.
  2. Add jackfruit, and bring to a boil. Stirring stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 mins.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for another 10 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. In a small blender or bowl with a whisk, whip together mung bean starch and silken tofu. Add water 1 tsp at a time as needed (if any). Add to the jackfruit mixture 1 tbsp at a time and mix until it starts to come together.
  6. Fill a shallow bowl with warm water and soften the rice paper by soaking each sheet for about 30 seconds.
  7. Remove from the bowl and place the rice paper on a flat surface and using a sharp knife, cut in half.
  8. Place 2-3 tbsp of the jackfruit mixture onto the rice paper, then if you’re using a “bone”, place one 'bones' on top.
  9. If you are using a cauliflower: Take your cauliflower and cut off all leaves as close to the stem as you can, whilst making sure to not cut off any of the stems. Cut the whole cauliflower into quarters, slicing from the stem to the florets of the cauliflower - you want to keep the stem attached to the florets as this is what will make your 'bone' and also hold onto the flesh of the jackfruit. Cut off the majority of the florets of each cauliflower quarter, so that you get the basic shape of a drumstick. See images for a guide as to how this should look before moving on to the next step.
  10. Cover the bone with jackfruit and wrap the rice paper around the jackfruit flesh, leaving the bone exposed (exactly like a chicken wing). Set aside and repeat.
  11. NOTE: Make larger bundles if mimicking fried chicken.
Option 1: Saucy Wings
  1. Whisk barbecue and hot sauces in a bowl. Add more of either or both sauces if desired. Coat each wing in the sauce and cook according to your preferred cooking method.
  2. (Air Fryer: Place wings into the air fryer basket and cook at 375F for roughly 10 mins. OR Oven: Place wings on a lined baking sheet and broil for 8-12 minutes, turning every 2 minutes until they are lightly charred on all sides.)
  3. Toss wings in more sauce and serve.
Option 2: Breaded Wings
  1. Heat a pot of vegetable oil, filled less than halfway to the top, to 350F.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together aquafaba and hot sauce.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, cajun spice, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning, onion powder, and sea salt.
  4. Dredge each wing in the flour mixture, then the aquafaba mixture, back into the flour mixture, then into the hot oil.
  5. Fry until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes.
  6. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any access oil.

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17 Comments

  • Ryan says:

    Making these on the weekend! Can’t wait to try them and report back!

  • Ashley says:

    Looks amazing and I can’t wait to try!

  • Kristy says:

    I can’t wait to try this!! Is that the correct link to the bouillon ? It says made with chicken meat…

  • Cassandra says:

    Could I used mashed white beans instead of tofu? Or do you have another recommendation you think might work?

  • Steve Villa says:

    Gave this recipe a shot. Super easy and a hit with the family (both Vegan and non-Vegan). Thanks for sharing!
    -The Vegan Ranger

  • Fia says:

    For ingredient 1, when you say, “2 + 1 cups of no-chicken broth” do you just mean 3 cups?

  • Jasmin says:

    Hi Candice! Thank you for the recipe. I just tried it, but I think I did something wrong. tasted nothing like chicken, just like salty, sour jackfruit wrapped in rice paper 🙁 any tips on how to improve the jackfruit taste?
    best wishes from germany
    xx Jasmin

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I recommend getting young jackfruit in water, rather than brine, if you can find it. If yours comes in brine, just make sure you rinse it really really well to wash off the weird taste. Hope this helps!

  • Kris says:

    My liquid smoke doesn’t have a dropper. How much is that in teaspoon format?

  • Jake says:

    Hey guys just tried making these “chicken drumsticks” and I have to say I think this is one of the best recipes for disappointment I have ever seen. Wow went in with high expectations and boy were they not met. I followed the recipe to a T and wow does this recipe lack flavor. I would recommend taking this recipe, printing it out and then throwing it in your air fryer for a similar amount of flavor on the “chicken” filling. Despite air frying these maintained the texture of a wet bag wrapped around cat foot. Thank the lord my girlfriend made jackfruit pulled pork as a back up, because after three bites of this nonsense we both felt sick to our stomaches. Anyways I am giving this recipe one star * and that is only because clearly someone put time into thinking of it. Kind of like how someone made play-doh to be wall paper cleaner… maybe there is some use case for these pitiful pockets.

    TLDR: Would recommend to an enemy.

  • Jake says:

    Hey guys must be something wrong with the forum. My last well crafted post was not accepted. I think the world deserves to know how god awful this recipe is. It is a sure-fire bet to disappoint. Let me recap. One star *, texture of cat food, SCAM.

    Thanks XOXO,

    Jake the Rascal and his spoon band.

  • Anastasia says:

    How much servings is this recipe for? Can’t find it anywhere

  • Savanna Sweeting says:

    Suuuuch a good recipe. I made it the day the video came out with the KFC herbs and spices! If you buy your jackfruit in brine, reallllllly rinse it so it can soak up the other flavors.

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