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    I Made That Vegan "Chicken" That's All Over TikTok To See If It's As Good As Other Meat Alternatives

    All it takes is flour, water, and a whole lot of patience.

    If you've been on the food side of TikTok anytime in the past couple weeks, then you've probably seen this two-ingredient chicken replacement made by @futurelettuce.

    Basically, he combines flour and water to create a vegan chicken substitute called seitan. 

    I'm a vegetarian who's tried a lot of chicken substitutes, both store-bought and homemade, so I decided to see if this recipe was as easy as it looked.

    First, I mixed together two cups of flour and one cup of water. While kneading, I added a little more water because it was pretty dry. I kept kneading until it looked like this.

    pizza dough consistency

    Then, it was nap time for the flour blob. I let it rest for an hour.

    resting in a covered bowl

    Next came the part I was truly dreading — time to knead the dough while rinsing it.

    snot-looking dough in a colander in the sink

    After the now-wet blob rested for another hour, I pulled it back out to twist and knot it. I twisted it for about five minutes. It felt like making really slimy, gross balloon animals. I also added vegan chicken-less seasoning salt from Trader Joe's. Then, I fried it until it was brown on both sides (about two minutes her side).

    weird flour patty in hot oil

    Then, I drained the oil, added veggie stock, and let it simmer on low for 45 minutes. When it was done, it looked like this.

    fake chicken patty

    While waiting for it to cool, I made a TikTok of my own.


    I tried @futurelettuce’s vegan chicken substitute recipe!

    ♬ Dynamite - BTS

    I decided to try it plain so I could get the ~full experience~. After the first bite, I wasn't too impressed, so I decided to compare it to a few other vegan chicken alternatives I conveniently had on hand.

    baked cauliflower, chickpea nuggets, seitan from a vegan restaurant, store-bought "chicken" patties, and TikTok seitan "chicken"

    I tasted them all, then ranked them to get a better idea of how the homemade seitan measured up.

    from best to worst: restaurant seitan, chickpea nugget, baked cauliflower, TikTok seitan, frozen patty

    Overall, this TikTok seitan recipe is something I might try again on a day where I have a lot of free time. It takes too long to realistically be a go-to recipe, but I would like to keep trying and learn how to make it taste better.