KFC Popcorn ‘Chicken’ — Vegan Recipe

If you’ve tried my Vegan KFC Fried Chicken recipe, you’ll love my Vegan KFC Popcorn Chicken! This recipe is so quick, you can serve these within 20 mins! Although KFC is launching vegan versions, this homemade recipe is still faster to make then jumping in your car or walking to the nearest KFC and waiting for your vegan popcorn ‘chicken’, I’m just saying 😉Vegan KFC Popcorn Chicken

Related Recipe: KFC Vegan Chicken

The famous 11-spice seasoning at KFC is such an amazing combination that it’s loved worldwide. Use this mix of seasoning to make any of your favourite vegan chicken alternatives! This recipe is a great appetizer to share with friends or have it with fries and a vegan milkshake for an ultimate vegan junk food experience.KFC Popcorn Chicken

Vegan KFC Popcorn Chicken

DAIRY-FREE | NUT-FREE | MEAT-FREE

These vegan KFC copycat popcorn ‘chicken’ are marinated in no-chicken broth, tossed in aquafaba to coat, tossed in cornstarch to make an extra crispy outer layer, tossed in a flour mixture with the famous 11 spice mix, then fried until golden-brown perfection.

On my youtube channel and on this blog, I’m pretty notorious for veganizing your favourite comfort foods and famous junk foods (see: Vegan McDonalds recipe, Wendy’s recipes, Popeyes recipe, Chick-fil-A recipe, etc). For this recipe, we’re making KFC vegan popcorn chicken using soy curls, which I personally don’t think get enough love. Today, we’re appreciating the mighty soy curl by turning them into KFC popcorn chicken.

Full Recipe is down below!KFC Popcorn Chicken vegan

Interested in making more vegan chicken-style recipes? Check out my recipes on how to make Vegan Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, The Best Vegan Chicken Drumsticks, and Vegan Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets.

VEGAN KFC POPCORN CHICKEN INGREDIENTS

TIP: Don’t worry if you don’t have all the seasonings, just use what you have access too! I’ve also done vegan chicken using salt, pepper and paprika as seasonings, which is also good! Obviously these 11 spices will give you a more KFC flavour profile.

VEGAN KFC POPCORN CHICKEN INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl combine hot water and better than bouillon no-chicken until dissolved. Add dried soy curls and toss to coat in broth. Set aside to soak for a minimum of 30 mins. I like to do this overnight to really get the flavour in there.
  2. While the soy curls are marinating, mix the flour ingredients for dredging.
  3. To a large bowl, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, thyme, basil, oregano, celery salt, black pepper, mustard powder, paprika, garlic powder, ginger, white pepper and MSG.
  4. Meanwhile, in another bowl add; soy sauce, pepper, and aquafaba, and toss to coat. Add 1 tbsp cornstarch and toss to coat again. Set aside.
  5. When the soy curls are marinated; drain in a colander over a bowl to catch the liquid to use in soups or gravy. Using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Cut up the soy curls into popcorn-sized bites and place them into a large bowl.
  6. Give the soy curls a quick toss, and then toss into the flour mixture. Press into flour to coat well, dust off any excess flour, and place on a wire cooling rack.
  7. Meanwhile, heat the oil to 350F. Cook a few pieces of popcorn soy curls in hot oil until golden brown, about 3-4 mins, turning a few times. Do not overcrowd the oil or else they will not cook properly.
  8. Remove the soy curls from the fryer and place on a wire cooling rack to allow excess oil to drip off.
  9. Serve with your favourite dips!

KFC Chicken copycatHey, I’m Candice & welcome to The Edgy Veg! I veganize popular food recipes 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. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!

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Vegan KFC Popcorn Chicken Recipe

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Vegan KFC Popcorn Chicken
 
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If you've tried my Vegan KFC Fried Chicken recipe, you'll love my Vegan KFC Popcorn Chicken! This recipe is so quick, you can serve these within 20 mins with the famous 11-spice seasoning from KFC.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine hot water and better than bouillon no-chicken until dissolved. Add dried soy curls and toss to coat in broth. Set aside to soak for a minimum of 30 mins. I like to do this overnight to really get the flavour in there.
  2. When the soy curls are marinated; drain in a colander over a bowl to catch the liquid to use in soups or gravy. Using your hands, squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Cut up the soy curls into popcorn-sized bites and place them into a large bowl.
  3. To the large bowl add soy sauce, pepper, and aquafaba, and toss to coat. Add 1 tbsp cornstarch and toss to coat again. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in another bowl add; flour, ¼ cup cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, thyme, basil, oregano, celery salt, black pepper, mustard powder, paprika, garlic powder, ginger, white pepper and MSG.
  5. Give the soy curls a quick toss, and then toss into the flour mixture. Press into flour to coat well, dust off any excess flour, and place on a wire cooling rack.
  6. Meanwhile, heat the oil to 350F. Cook a few pieces of popcorn soy curls in hot oil until golden brown, about 3-4 mins, turning a few times. Do not overcrowd the oil or else they will not cook properly.
  7. Remove the soy curls from the fryer and place on a wire cooling rack to allow excess oil to drip off.
  8. Serve with your favourite dips!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 226 Fat: 3.5g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 37.75g Sugar: 2.5g Sodium: 1861mg Fiber: 4.75g Protein: 11.2g Cholesterol: 0mg

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6 Comments

  • Dorothy says:

    Whoa. Seriously amazing. I’ve been searching for a “nugget” recipe for a long time, trying to replicate chick fil a so my kids can stop asking for an equivalent. Tried cauliflower versions, tofu versions … none that were universally accepted… until tonight! Everyone devoured. I save a small handful to put in the freezer and see what happens with re-heating.

    Thank you so much!

  • Andrei says:

    growing up I use to go to KFC as a kid and after seeing your video on youtube I really wanted to try these so I bought some soy curls on amazon and HOLY OMG THESE ARE DELICIOUS! a must for anyone craving or wanting to surprise your partner or kids with vegan popcorn chicken

  • Jen says:

    These have me shook. Like, how was this not real popcorn chicken? Can I give these 10 stars? It all came together super easy. In fact, the hardest part was finding soy curls, but now that I know where to get them locally I’m all set. Candice is queen.

  • Anne says:

    I couldn’t find soy curls, but I have soy chunks so I used those instead, and just didn’t cut them. These were amazing, and come together so easily. They’re good on their own, and I also used them in a ‘chicken’ Caesar wrap and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Abby says:

    How much oil do you find you need and what kind do you use? What do you do with it after?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I fill a large skillet less than halfway to the top. When I’m done frying I strain the oil once it’s cooled and reserve it in a glass jar to use the next time I need to fry.

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