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Grilled seitan chicken on a grill pan.

The best vegan seitan chicken recipe

This easy recipe lets vegans enjoy the chicken dishes they used to eat with no animals harmed. Delicious and tender, and you can grill it!

Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword seitan chicken, vegan chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 172 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • 2 cups Vital wheat gluten
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chicken seasoning
  • 1 cup silken tofu
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp no chicken bouillon paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the 2 cups vital wheat gluten with the 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tbsp chicken seasoning until they’re completely combined.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the 1 cup tofu, ½ cup water, 1 tbsp no chicken bouillon paste, and 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce until the tofu breaks down into small pieces.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and when it forms a ball.
  4. On a clean flat surface dusted with vital wheat gluten, knead the dough for 1 minute then roll or press into a ½ inch thick circle. The dough will keep shrinking, just continue to press it back. If the dough tears, press it back together.
  5. Using a sharp paring knife, cut out the chicken cutlets. You can decide on how small or large you want them to be.
  6. Place a steaming basket in a large pot and fill with water until the water is just below the basket. You don’t want water to touch the cutlets. Bring the water to a boil.
  7. Spray a light coating of oil on the basket to prevent the cutlets from sticking and place the cutlets on the basket. If you need to layer the cutlets, spray a light coating of oil on the bottom layer so they don’t stick together.
  8. Reduce the water to a simmer, cover the pot, and steam for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the cutlets from the pot and refrigerate for at least an hour. This will let the seitan develop a better texture.
  11. Brush or spray a light coating of vegetable oil on both sides and grill for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until they’re heated through.
  12. Layer on our homemade BBQ sauce for added flavor.

  13. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes


You can freeze the cutlets in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and heat on the grill, stove, or in the oven. You can also eat them cold chopped in salads or on a sandwich. 

Nutrition Facts
The best vegan seitan chicken recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 654mg28%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 19IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.