Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwhich

Updated: May 12

I have been on a mission to try out a vegan "fried chicken" sandwhich with oyster mushrooms. I decided to take a trip to H Mart in Chicago's West Loop. This is a big asian market with all kinds of vegan-friendly goodies. They had several varieties of mushrooms and the oyster mushrooms I picked up were organic and only about $4. So let's get right into it!


What you'll need:

2 bowls - One for a wet batter and other for dry batter (one with a lid for dry batter makes it easier)

A dish to place fried mushrooms in when they're done

Tongs

Paper towels

Cast iron/Frying pan

Ingredients:

1 pack of oyster mushrooms (mine was about 4-5 medium sized, 300 grams/about 10 oz)

Oil, enough to coat the bottom of your pan (I used about 1.5 cups of grapeseed oil)

1.5 cups of water 2.5 cups of flour (white, chickpea or spelt), One cup for wet batter, remaining for dry batter.

2 tbsp of smoked paprika, one for wet batter, one for dry batter

2 tbsp of garlic powder, one for wet batter, one for dry batter

2 tbsp of onion powder, one for wet batter, one for dry batter

2 tbsp of cayenne pepper, one for wet batter, one for dry batter

2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning, one for wet batter, one for dry batter

2 tablespoons of Old Bay, one for wet batter, one for dry batter

Vegan hamburger/brioche bun

Toppings:

2 tsp of vegan butter

1/8 Avocado

Jalapeno (just a few slices)

Red onion (cut one thin layer)

Spicy pickle slices (optional, I got mine from Aldi)

Spinach (optional)

Vegan sauce:

I made enough for one sandwich

Vegan mayo - 2 parts, I used about 1 tbsp

Sriracha - 1 part, I used about .5 tbsp

Dijon mustard - 1 part, I used about .5 tbsp


Directions:

-Pour oil in pan on low/medium heat

-Rinse off mushrooms then split them by hand by pulling them apart into the desired size (I split each mushroom into 3 sections) then put them to the side. Trim tough ends if any

-Make your wet batter by adding flour, seasonings and water into a bowl, then mix with a fork until blended

-Make your dry batter the same way, only without adding any water

-With tongs, place mushrooms into the wet batter, fully coating them, then place them into the dry batter bowl, fully coating them

-Ensure your pan is on medium heat and ready to fry

-Once mushrooms are placed in each batter, shake off excess flour and place in the frying pan

-While mushrooms are frying, toast your bun on low heat in a separate pan with vegan butter and prep your toppings

-Fry mushrooms for about 5-7 minutes on each side, ensuring they are a medium golden brown

-Use tongs to remove fried mushrooms and place in a dish with paper towels

-While they cool, dress your bun with avocado on bottom bun and sauce on top bun

-Place 2-3 mushroom portions on bottom bun and dress it with remaining toppings


Dig in! Did you try this recipe? Let me know how it turned out! Comment below or give me a shout on Instagram @plantbasedtamika

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