Homemade Seitan 'Chicken' Recipe
For all my non vegan readers out there- DO NOT BE AFRAID! I swear this recipe is going to taste great for both vegans and meat eaters. Also I promise it has a TON of protein! Seitan is like the best kept secret of the vegan world, it's so cheap to make and has as much protein as most meat. Great if you are ballin' on a budget or just trying to cut meat out of your routine, or both (like me).
This homemade seitan is a great replacement for your chicken recipes. You can treat it the exact same as chicken- marinate it, cut it into strips for a salad, grill it like a burger. The possibilities are endless. The garbanzo beans give the seitan a nice texture as well. Sometimes my homemade seitan comes out all chewy, but this is not the case when you add the blended beans. Also beans add in even MORE protein which is always a plus.
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten flour
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp of nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup garbanzo beans
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Combine vital wheat gluten, spices, salt, and nutritional yeast in a medium sized bowl and mix. Set this aside.
Blend up the beans, water, and oil in a blender until the garbanzo beans are totally blended up.
Pour the bean water into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir. You will get to a point when this gets super tough so that's when you start kneading it like dough. It should change consistency in about 2 minutes and become really dense and squishy.
Cut this dough into 4 equal peices, form into a cutlet like shape, and set aside for 10 minutes. This gives the gluten time to develop and gives the "meat" a richer texture.
While these cutlets are developing, set up whatever rig you use to steam things. This could be just a metal coriander in a pot with boiling water at the bottom. Or you can use my wok pan boiling rig. The goal is to just get a steamy little room for these cutlets, so do what you gotta do to make that happen. Once steamy, place the cutlets in, put the lid on, and steam for 30 minutes.
And ta-da! Homemade seitan! Now you can do what you want with this. I like to grill it a little to give it that charred chicken look.