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Seitan Chick'n Tenders w/ Dipping Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Course Main Course, Snack


For the seitan

  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Broth Mixture

  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Flour Mixture

  • 1 cup water plus extra, as needed
  • 1 cup flour

Panko Mixture

  • 2 cups panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For frying

  • Canola oil

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegenaise
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave


  • Make the seitan: In a mixing bowl, whisk the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, and spices.
  • Add the 3/4 cup veggie broth and soy sauce to the vital wheat gluten mixture and mix until combined. Knead for a couple minutes until firm and stretchy.
  • Bring the remaining 2 1/2 cups broth and water to a boil in a large, tall saucepan.
  • Form the seitan into a long, oval-like patty and place into the boiling broth mixture.
  • Bring the mixture to a light simmer and cook for about an hour, flipping halfway through.
  • Once it has about doubled, remove it from the broth and let it cool.
  • Whisk together the flour mixture ingredients in one bowl and the panko mixture ingredients in another.
  • Once the seitan has cooled, slice the seitan into long ~1/2 inch thick pieces that resemble tenders.
  • Either pour oil in a deep fryer to the fill line or fill a large saucepan about 1 inch high with canola oil and heat to 350°F.
  • For each piece of seitan, coat in the flour mixture* then the panko mixture and place in the hot oil.
  • Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes until crispy.
  • Make the dipping sauce by mixing together all the ingredients.
  • Enjoy the warm tenders dipped in the sauce!


*The tenders should have be covered in a thin coat of the flour mixture. If the mixture seems too thick, add a little extra water.
Keyword plant-based, seitan, tenders, vegan