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The BEST Southern Vegan Fried Chicken

Crispy and tender vegan fried chicken that vegans and non-vegans will love! We give you an oven fried option, too.

Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword seitan fried chicken, vegan chicken, vegan fried chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
To make the vegan chicken cutlets 45 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 384 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • 6 seitan cutlets see instructions for link to recipe
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup egg replacer see note


  1. Whisk the 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried sage, ½ tsp garlic powder, and black pepper to taste until completely combined.
  2. Prepare the vegan egg according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Dredge the cutlets in the flour to coat, then the egg, then once again in the flour to coat.
  4. Pour two inches of vegetable oil (canola or corn oil is best) in a heavy fry pan. We prefer to use cast-iron. Heat the oil until it’s between 350°F (176°C) and 375°F (190°C). We like to fry it at 375°F because the breading gets super crispy.

  5. The temperature of the oil will drop when you add the chicken, just keep it at the same heat as you started, don’t increase the flame to get it to go back up.
  6. Carefully place the cutlets one by one in the oil. Don’t crowd them, there should be some space between each one. If you have to cook in batches, allow the oil to go back to 350-375°F before frying the next batch.
  7. Fry for approximately 8 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy. Place on paper towel to drain excess oil.
  9. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C)
  10. Follow the preparation instructions, place the cutlets on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for approximately 10 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  11. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

We use Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg for this recipe and it works perfectly. It’s sold in most grocery stores and on Amazon. You can also use JUST egg, also sold in most grocery stores. We do not recommend any other egg replacer.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Southern Vegan Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 239mg80%
Sodium 1228mg53%
Potassium 341mg10%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 679IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.