Vegan Jackfruit “Chicken” and Whole Wheat Waffles

I never came to appreciate chicken and waffles until after I stopped eating meat. Growing up, chicken was a staple in my house. My mom would serve it fried, baked, broiled, and barbequed. And to the surprise of many, I have never liked the texture or thought of eating it. Although, I am keen on meatless versions and tend to buy ready-to-eat versions rather than make my own.

The only “chicken” recipe I have attempted to make was a spicy popcorn chicken made from extra firm tofu. Since I love trying new things, I figured I’d give this making “chicken” thing another go.

Over the last few years, I have been really into cooking with jackfruit and have found it to be a great substitute for creating various textures and meat styles. I specifically like jackfruit for creating pulled and shredded “meat” dishes.

So, I thought the jackfruit would work well for recreating a classic fried chicken. I am pretty pleased with how these turned out and plan to recreate them often. My next batches will be used in salads and zoodle pastas.

The waffle recipe is a basic whole wheat flour. Depending on the cravings or requests I have when I make them, I’ll add other ingredients. Like, chopped berries, spices, chocolate, coconut, etc.

Th jackfruit recipe takes about 45 mins-1 hour to make. The waffles should take 15-20 minutes at most to make. Yields 3-4 Servings. Make this for a friend’s brunch or for yourself when you want to binge eat and Netflix. 😉

Jackfruit Fried “Chicken” Recipe

Ingredients:

Jackfruit Preparation 

  • 1 20-ounce can young, green jackfruit, in water or brine
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or chioptle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup soy milk mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Breading

  • 1 ½ cup flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 1 teaspoon any other desired spices
  • Leftover soy milk ‘buttermilk’ marinade

Directions:

Jackfruit Preparation

  • Step 1: Mix soy milk with lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Step 2: Drain and rinse jackfruit. Next, you can cut away at the small triangle tips on each jackfruit if you want a traditional looking tender. I left them because I know it’s not chicken and I did not want to waste food. Also, you can remove the round seeds or leave them.
  • Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, add jackfruit, spices, and garlic. Mix well and then pour the soy milk mixture over the jackfruit. Next, cover the bowl with a cling wrap and let marinate in the fridge for at least an hour and a half.

Making Chicken Tenders

  • Step 1: Drain the jackfruit and set aside leftover soy milk marinade.
  • Step 2: The next step requires you to prepare two separate bowls. In one bowl, you will create a batter mixture by whisking the leftover soy milk marinde and 1/2 cup flour. In the second bowl, you will make the flour mixture by adding the remaining flour, spices, and herbs. Use a flour sifter or whisk until thoroughly combined.

Frying Chicken Tenders

  • Step 1: In a medium-sized pan, melt 2 1/2 -3 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • Step 2: You can individually dip each jackfruit into the flour mixture, dip in batter mixture. and dip once more in flour before frying.
    • You can also work in handfuls doing the same steps. I worked in handfuls and had the same results.
  • Step 3: Fry each side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Step 4: Remove from pan, let cool at room temperature, and enjoy.

Note: This recipe was adapted from one green planet.

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Whole Wheat Waffles Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 chia eggs (to make 1 chia egg: combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Let sit for about 10 minutes or until a gel forms.)
  • 1 1/2 – 2  cups lukewarm almond milk (or another plant-based version)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter spread or melted coconut oil

Directions

  • Step 1: Preheat wafflemaker while preparing the batter.
  • Step 2: Using a flour swifter or whisk, thoroughly combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Step 3: In a separate bowl, whisk together the 2 chia eggs, milk, and butter or oil.  
  • Step 4: Next you will combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Expect a lumpy batter. Add more milk if batter is too thick.
  • Step 4: Cook the waffles as per directions of wafflemaker. 

Serve with fresh fruit, syrup, and/or toppings of choice.

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Enjoy!

-Skye

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