This easy vegan chicken seitan recipe has no oil needed, with only two main ingredients. It’s a great homemade vegan meat substitute for dishes too!
Protein and Nutrition in Seitan
Seitan is an excellent source of protein, as it contains all 20 amino acids that are essential for human health. This makes seitan a great vegan protein source. It also contains high amounts of iron, which is important for preventing anemia and improving energy levels.
In addition to being high in protein and iron, seitan is also low in calories — one cup (120 g) of raw seitan contains only 130 calories and 3 grams of fat.
Why you should make this chicken seitan recipe
- It’s quick to make
- no oil
- You can use all whole wheat flour, which is a lot healthier and contains more nutritions
- high in protein
- All steaming, no frying or baking
- very easy to make, especially compared to other chicken seitan recipes
Suggestions to eat with chicken seitan
- savoury congee or porridge
- fried rice
Vital Wheat gluten – the base and main protein source.
Whole wheat flour – you can use whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour for this one. This is to make sure that the seitan doesn’t turn out chewy.
Nutrition yeast – flakes or powder. I like to add nutritional yeast to lots of my savoury recipes, like protein whole wheat crackers. This is just to add more vitamins and more flavour. Feel free to omit this if you don’t have it and substitute it with 2-3 tablespoons of flour.
Seasoning: all optional, but here are some suggestions.
- cayenne pepper
- onion and garlic powder
- organic no salt seasoning
- Italian seasoning
- soy sauce
How to store chicken seitan
To store, let the chicken seitans cool completely and put them in an airtight container or bag in the fridge for up to one week.
To freeze, spread the cooled chicken seitan on a baking pan and freeze for 5 minutes. Then take them out and transfer the seitan pieces to a freezer-friendly bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
The Easiest Homemade Chicken Seitan Recipe
- 1 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
- 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour (or all purpose flour)
- 2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast (optional)
- salt and pepper , organic no salt seasoning (optional) (optional)
- 1/2 cup water (or more)
- Put a large piece of parchment paper on a large bowl for easier cleaning. Add all the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix well
- Pour the water and mix with a big metal spoon. After a while, you might need to use your hands to knead the dough. Feel free to take the parchment paper out of your work area to knead until no flour is left. Limit the time you knead, or else the seitan will become chewy
- If the dough is too wet, sprinkle more flour and continue kneading, but remember not to knead too much. Check out the video to see what the dough should look like
- Get your steamer ready by either spraying with a small amount of oil or line it with a piece of parchment paper and bring the water to a boil
- using scissors, cut the seitan dough into bite size pieces and place them on the steamer. Steam for 15 – 10 minutes
- Enjoy while hot or warm