12 Flavorful “Vegan Chicken” or Seitan Recipes to Enjoy this Viral Meat Substitute at Home!


Vegans have been making and buying seitan for quite a while. It’s one of the delicious plant-based foods that many of us enjoy when we’re in the mood for something meaty. Recently, however, a seitan recipe went viral on TikTok and now everyone wants to try making their own!

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With just water, flour, and a bit of time, you can have plant-based meat that has a realistic look and texture without harming any animals. Of course, you can’t forget about the seasonings! Once you’ve made your seitan, it’s time to figure out how you want to use it. There are so many different ways to prepare seitan and you can use it in pretty much any cuisine. If you need a little bit of guidance, we’re here to help! We have so many different seitan recipes, from burgers to empanadas to meatballs! Give them a try so you can experience the wonders of this viral vegan meat trend!

1. Seitan Burger

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Inspired by Indonesian flavors, this Seitan Burger by Nina Olsson is a delight for peanut lovers. Creamy peanut sauce, a.k.a. satay sauce, spiked with coconut and tamarind is the perfect companion to bean sprouts and spicy seitan. Seitan is a by-product of yeast. Here it’s used like an Asian version of faux pulled pork rather than formed into a firmer patty. It’s scrumptious with savory sauces like satay or other curries. You’ll find seitan in Asian supermarkets or natural foods stores. You can easily substitute seitan with other ingredients such as tofu, tempeh, roasted vegetables, or beans.

2. Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce

Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce [Vegan]

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This recipe uses seitan made from scratch, washing a plain flour dough to get to the gluten. It’s a pretty long process and not ideal if you have a very busy life, but it’s an interesting process. It’s also the only way for us to get seitan here with no gluten flour for sale. You can just as well use store-bought seitan for this recipe or your favorite homemade simmered seitan recipe. Oh and this is grilled in the English sense … so broiled to all of you in the states! You have to try these Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce by Josephine Watmore!

3. Carving Board Seitan ‘Pastrami’

Carving Board Seitan ‘Pastrami’

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This Carving Board Seitan ‘Pastrami’ by Joni Marie Newman is mouthwateringly delicious and tastes just like it has been sliced fresh and served up hot from the deli counter. This salty, savory deli-casy will make you the sandwich of your dreams or you can just eat it as is – it’s that good!

4. White Mac and Cheese With Buffalo Seitan

White Mac and Cheese With Buffalo Seitan

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This White Mac and Cheese With Buffalo Seitan by Melanie Sorrentino is easy to whip up on days you come home from work and school drained of energy. Let yourself be comforted by the creamy cheese sauce and the lovingly familiar flavors of buffalo sauce. All of the sauce-making and seitan preparing can be done in just the amount of time for the pasta to cook!

5. Seitan and Mushroom Empanadas

Vegan Seitan and Mushroom Empanadas

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Empanadas are a delicious meal that can carry any filling, even sweet! For savory dumplings you can choose from multiple options, however, this seitan with mushrooms option is one of the richest. In addition to the main ingredients, there are other vegetables, such as onion, pepper, and eggplant, hummus to add creaminess to the filling, and nuts and raisins, to create textures and add a sweet and festive touch to the filling. These Seitan and Mushroom Empanadas by Yana Chistyakova are delicious!

6.  Seitan Steak With Peppercorn Sauce

vegan seitan steak with peppercorn sauce

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This vegan Seitan Steak With Peppercorn Sauce by Stephanie Davies is hearty and satisfying – perfect for a nice night in. The delicious sauce is the perfect finishing touch!

7. Sticky BBQ Ribs

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Vegan BBQ ribs are a staple at family dinners and barbecues. There are so many different ways to make a meaty barbecue plant-based dish like mushrooms, lentils, tofu just to name a few. Seitan is such a great meaty substitute. You can buy seitan in the grocery store, but it’s actually quite easy to make your own. Then just slather it in barbecue sauce and fry it for Stephanie Davies‘ delicious vegan Sticky BBQ Ribs!

8. Root Beer BBQ Seitan ‘Wings’

Root Beer BBQ Seitan ‘Wings’

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The sweetness of root beer makes it a perfect ingredient for wings. Mixed with some spice and heat, these delicious Root Beer BBQ Seitan ‘Wings’ by Steven Seighman have the best flavor profile – spicy, smoky, and a bit sweet. YUM. You probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already. What’re you waiting for?

9. 10-Minute Seitan ‘Beef’ and Broccoli

10-Minute Seitan “Beef” and Broccoli

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This 10-Minute Seitan ‘Beef’ and Broccoli by Kristen Genton is a quick, easy version of the classic Chinese dish, beef and broccoli. The slightly spicey, sweet sauce coats the tender broccoli and the sautéed seitan and the whole thing is topped with fresh green onions and sesame seeds. You’ll never have to order delivery again.

10. Mexican Seitan Meatballs and Spiced Black Bean Stew

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These Mexican Seitan Meatballs and Spiced Black Bean Stew by Anna Sue are packed with warming flavors and served in a spicy and smoky tomato sauce. This Mexican meatball stew is the perfect comfort food. It’s easy to make, hearty and filling, and soooooo comforting! The stew can be made ahead and reheats perfectly. Simply the perfect pantry meal!

11. Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs

Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs

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Hot dog season is in full swing and it’s a bummer sometimes as a vegan to miss out on the traditional backyard party/picnic offerings – but of course, we know that there’s a vegan version for just about everything out there! These Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs by Annie Oliverio are super easy to make, are juicy and have that kind of eerily familiar mouthfeel.

12. Seitan Parmesan

Seitan Parmesan

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Meat-free chicken parm? Yes, please! This Seitan Parmesan by Melanie Sorrentino tastes just like the old classic, right down to the savory flavor and meaty texture. Serve it on top of your favorite pasta, tomato sauce, and plenty of melty vegan cheese.

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