Midweek Quickie; Vegan Spicy Chicken Breast

So, you may have noticed that until this week, I've been quiet for a while and my blog has had a little makeover (check the recipe by theme tab at the top of the page), well, lots of other changes have been happening too. The main big shift being that I no longer live anywhere near Kent, in fact, I am writing to you from West Yorkshire! Yup, I'm a northerner now! It sounds weird, but I bloody love it.

For now, at least whilst we're still unpacking, I'll be keeping the name Eating Kent, so you'll still be able to find me here, even if you're very unlikely to find me actually in or even near Kent. You may soon see another little change to the blog name in the future, but don't panic, I'll always be Eating Kent!

Anyway, since moving house, I've finally found the time and space to try making my own tofu, and I don't think I'll ever go back to buying it again, especially from a supermarket. It was a bit messy, but I think I've learnt my lessons on how to keep soy milk in recepticles. Plus, it's much more satisfying making it fresh, and you can flavour it, which is definitely something I'm keen to get stuck into. Anyway, when you make tofu, you get this leftover soybean pulp called okara, and it's texture is clearly well lent for making burgers, sausages and the such, I also used it to make a bolognese, so it's great - and everyone should stop throwing it away!

Anyway, my favourite thing was this quick little experiment in chicken breasts. It looked and tasted the part, even if some of it fell apart a little bit when stabbed with a knife, but I think I could work on that, perhaps an extra flax egg or some flour might help things along.

So, if you've got some okara and fancy a quick and easy chicken dinner, this recipe is the one for you!

Spicy Vegan Chicken Breasts
makes about 4 breasts

1 1/2 cup okara
2 tbsp KFC spice mix (recipe for spice mix here)
1 tsp salt
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
a little sesame oil

  1.  Preheat oven to 180 or equivalent.
  2. Mix all ingredients, except the sesame oil, together in a big bowl.  Shape into breasts, and pop on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Pop your breasts in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Place your breasts in the oven for 20 minutes, slide out, brush with a little sesame oil and then pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve however you like it. I think chips and coleslaw would be great with it.
  6. As someone who hasn't eaten KFC in about 15 years, I realise that I seem to be a little obsessed with recreating it.
  7. It's just nice, alright.
  8. Clearly the Colonel knows what he's doing when it comes to spices.



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