Introduction: Best Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets

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This is a very simple and delicious recipe for vegetarian chicken nuggets.  They have a crispy crust and tender center.  It only takes about 10 minutes to make and they are the best vegetarian chicken nuggets I have ever had. (that speaks volumes because I am not a vegetarian)

Step 1: Supplies

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For this instructable you need:
1 1/2 cup Flour
1/2 Tbsp Salt
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 Large Egg
(optional) 1/2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper

1 can of low fat Worthington Scallops
You can get them here:

For cooking you will need:
Deep fryer
Large bag (ziplock)
Can Opener 
Large Bowl

Step 2: Preparation

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Turn your deep fryer on to 375* F

Open can of low fat worthington skallops and empty some (NOT ALL) of the canning juice into the sink leaving about 2 Tbsp in the can.  

Empty the can and remaining juice into your large bag.  

Crack your egg and empty the contents into your bag.

Now for the fun part:

 Make sure your egg yolk is broken 

Step 3: Dry Mix

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Combine all Dry ingredients (flour, bread crumbs and salt) in large bowl.

Empty your skallops into the mixed bowl and stir.

You can add more flour if you see bare or wet spots on the fake meat.

If you like spicy chicken nuggets you can add Cayenne pepper to your dry mix before the skallops.

Step 4: Deep Fry

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 Do not crowd the "chicken" when you place it in the deep fryer or the food will not cook evenly. 

Cook for 4-5 Minutes 

After done cooking place the chicken nuggets on a napkin on a plate to absorb excess oil.

Allow the nuggets to cool for 1 minute

Step 5: Enjoy

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 After cooling serve enjoy!

1 can  of skallops can usually feed about 4 people making about  18-20 nuggets.

Other Ideas:
You can cut the skallops (before shaking) into small pieces to make popcorn "chicken"
You can also add variety of spices to the dry mix to change the flavor (Don't stray from the basic dry mix)


rbullwinkel (author)2011-10-21

Scallops are not vegetarian. They are bivalve animals.


ehyofranky (author)rbullwinkel2015-02-19

learn to read you dumbass

itsme12i (author)rbullwinkel2012-02-21

they are not sea scallops. they are vegetable scallops. in this case I believe they are using "scallop" to refer to the cut/shape of the food.

onijujitsu (author)2010-05-01

Vegetarians do not consume eggs, which are still considered to be poultry in the veggie community. And seafood is also off-limits.

People who still consume eggs and shellfish are called "pescatarians." A term coined to settle the derision in the veggie movement caused by a large influx of half-hearted trend followers in the 90's.

A general rule for veggie's, no flesh must be consumed. Whereas for vegan's no animal products of any kind may be used.

Does anyone know if replacing the egg with flaxseed or silken tofu would work?

Vegetarians may eat any food besides meat what you are thinking of is vegans they can not have any animal products. Also the scallops are made of vegges.

God bless

Steve Porter (author)onijujitsu2011-12-10

Eggs are not flesh. They are not an "animal" because they are not fertilized. They are agood source of protein. There are "lacto-ovo" vegetarians.

drademaker (author)onijujitsu2011-10-17

a pescatarian is correct for the shellfish, however, eggs being consumed by vegetarians are referred to as ovo-vegetarians, and vegetarians that consume dairy and egg are referred as lacto-ovo-vegetarian,


I am interested in trying this recipe, as the fake meat chicken nuggets in my area are probably more expensive then a nuclear reactor

ERCBIENG (author)onijujitsu2010-05-02

I live with and around strictly vegetarian people.  The school I used to go to is strictly vegetarian and taught principles of healthy eating.  Eggs were served for breakfast at the cafeteria.  The eggs you buy at the store are not fertilized nor living.  Simple bio matter. Eggs are the product of an animal, the same as milk or cheese, but eggs are not an animal. 

If you simply don't like the principle of eating an egg you can use flaxseed, arrowroot, and cornstarch.

Some cultures eat fertilized eggs called "blood eggs" (like in the Philippines) but you usually cant buy them in most markets.  Blood eggs would be considered poultry because they are embryos of a chicken. 

The inside of an egg is made of keratin (same as human hair). The egg white is made up of 40 different proteins.  
The yolk consists of the vitamins A and D as well as iron, calcium, riboflavin, and phosphorus.   
How is any of the contents of an egg living or poultry? There is no skin, lungs, heart, or any  other biologically living cells. Not even macrophages.  Simple protein and vitamins.  You would be surprised at how many protein shakes contain powdered egg whites.

zidakano (author)2010-05-05

Something you might want to try instead of the skallops, would be TVP(textured vegetable protein) it is a dried product so you have to rehydrate it with hot water but 1 pound of it is supposed to make ~3 pounds once rehydrated. IMO the chunks have a chicken like texture and the crumbles can be beef like if they are in something.

You can get a pound of it for ~2.50 on amazon I buy barry farm brand but there are others.

This was the difference of me eating mostly vegetarian as "I" am not vegetarian but my wife is, and well prepackaged veggie food is very expensive.

links for those who wanna see :)

ERCBIENG (author)zidakano2010-05-05

 There is a brand named Minute-Meat.  Its a super cheap gluten powder. It tastes about ten times better than the textured vegetable protein and its the same price

kaijura (author)ERCBIENG2013-09-16

i've been trying to find Minute-Meat and have been unsuccessful. can you point me to a source? thanks!

zidakano (author)ERCBIENG2010-05-06

I'll have to give it a look see. Always looking for new ways to feed my wife and myself without going broke. I've never particularly cared "what" was in the food I ate as long as it tastes good and and looks good.

I've seen some stuff on making Seitan both with pure gluten to skip having to wash out the starches and with wheat flour Might also give it a try as well.

ZackBlack (author)2011-08-21

I realize that I'm "flogging a dead horse" here by revising an old thread but nobody has the right to tell me what I can and can't eat or to try to fit me into a "special" category based on my diet.

If one chooses to not eat meat but does eat eggs, cheese and drink milk and then choose to call oneself a "vegetarian" then what right does "lemonie" (or anyone else for that matter) have to say any different?

Enough with the labels (and the silly debates) folks - you are who you are because of your choices - not because of some label. You are special and you are unique - Revel in that uniqueness!

lemonie (author)2010-04-20

Eggs are not vegetarian.
(but you're not a vegetarian)


Joe Martin (author)lemonie2010-04-20

I'm vegetarian and I eat eggs, as do my vegetarian friends and family. An unfertilized egg does not have any form of life which can be compared to the equivalent of a vegetarian drinking milk.

Vegans do not eat eggs as they come from an animal, this is where you may be confused.

lemonie (author)Joe Martin2010-04-20

If it don't breath or have a pulse it's OK, I can understand that. Are you at all concerned about the origin of eggs?


Joe Martin (author)lemonie2010-04-20

By origin do you refer to battery vs free range for example, as the welfare of the hens is a factor however at the end of the day to me it's no different that drinking milk, eating honey etc.

lemonie (author)Joe Martin2010-04-21

Hmm, they don't attach bees to an industrial pump though...
So it's just the ickyness of eating something that had a pulse then. So long as it didn't live you're not bothered where it came from? I've hardly ever encountered that position myself, most people seem to have been bothered about animals.


cornflaker (author)lemonie2010-07-15

Not if you buy free range eggs. You may have different personal values but as said before eggs are vegetarian, just not vegan.

lemonie (author)cornflaker2010-07-15

Eggs are animal protein (and other biological stuff) they are not vegetables.
If Vegetarians re-badged themselves as "not-land-animal-flesh-atarians" it would make sense.


cornflaker (author)lemonie2010-07-15

So going by your definition what is the difference between vegetarian and vegan?

lemonie (author)cornflaker2010-07-16

Well, you'd have do define "vegetarian" first. I just don't get a category which says "vegetables" but includes animal-protein....


Joe Martin (author)lemonie2010-07-16

Lacto-vegetarian: No animal flesh of any kind, no eggs, Dairy products are considered fine.

Ovo-vegetarian: No animal flesh of any kind, no dairy products, Eggs are considered fine.

Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: No animal flesh of any kind, is fine with eating both eggs and dairy products. 

I'm fine with eating eggs as to get eggs you don't have to kill or harm the animal, it is a by product of the animal and it is unfertilized. It has never been an animal or had a life. A chicken will produce eggs if we eat them or not, it's a natural product and in this sense completely comparable to drinking milk and eating honey. These products would over wise go to waste and be left to rot.

Bottom line is by definition that an unfertilized egg is NOT a animal and can be eaten by a lacto-ovo and ovo vegetarian 

lemonie (author)Joe Martin2010-07-16

It's an issue between "I don't like eating dead-things, that died" and " I'm not part of a food-chain, I eat what grows from the Earth".
Unfertilised eggs are not vegetable, they are animal, you can't define them otherwise on the technicality that they never breathed.


ceads (author)lemonie2011-04-28

I like to think of eggs as chicken's periods..cuz that's basically what they are:P :)

lemonie (author)ceads2011-04-28

No. Poultry does not have a menstrual cycle, they are eggs.


deathsmileyinc (author)lemonie2011-08-11

isnt the (human) menstrual cycle the rejection of the egg and the the inside of the womb?

i dont think a chicken has a womb but the still bolt reject the egg because its not sutable for fertilization anymore

lemonie (author)deathsmileyinc2011-08-11

Poultry are not mammals, they don't have wombs, the eggs keep on going fertilised or otherwise.


JMRaphael (author)lemonie2011-07-25

I hate to revive an old thread like this, but I'm seeing some misunderstandings here on a clearly sensitive topic.

Joe Martin hit the nail on the head with the different kinds of vegetarianism. In my personal experience, ovo- or lacto-ovo-vegetarians are typically branded as simply "vegetarian." Their diets typically consist of fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, eggs, and (if they're lacto-ovo) milk and yogurt. "True" vegetarianism, where a person consumes food solely derived from plants, is generally referred to as veganism. This generally entails eating fruits and vegetables, while taking particular care to avoid things which contain animal by-products or derivatives. Veganism is a particular hard lifestyle to maintain, as many foods contain milk sugars or proteins. Additionally, pescatarianism is typically the same as lacto-ovo-vegetarianism, with the addition of fish and other seafood to the diet.

Ceads makes a good point with what he's saying. Though poultry may not have a menstrual cycle, their regular, cyclical expulsion of an unfertilized egg is analogous to the monthly cycle seen in humans, which similar involves the expulsion of an unfertilized egg.

If you eat, you're part of a food chain. If you eat only vegetables, then you're pretty close to the bottom of that chain, strictly speaking, but you're still part of a food chain.

An egg is a single cell, and has never been any more alive or dead than the cells which make up plants.

Ultimately, the choice is up to you what you eat. People choose different sorts of vegetarianism based on their personal principles and level of comfort. It is not the place of one person to judge another based on his or her diet. I'm lacto-ovo-, but that doesn't mean I look down on pescatarians or vegans for having different tastes or preferences.

lemonie (author)JMRaphael2011-07-25

Don't hate to revive old threads if you've got a nice piece like that to add.
Thanks for the explanations.


JMRaphael (author)lemonie2011-07-26

Thank you :]

cornflaker (author)lemonie2010-07-16

Unfertilized eggs are made of animal protein but I don't think you can really class them as animals as they never were or would have been living, and egg is just a protective cell full of food for the developing fetus that would have occupied it if it had been fertilized. But seeing as there is not fetus to eat this food then I don't see any reason why we shouldn't.

(Yes I know about battery hens but I only buy free range eggs)

i wouldnt see a problem with unfertilezed egg if we got them from wild chickens (and other birds) but keeping them as farm animals is demanding to nature because the need to eat a lot, need light and water. im not sure but i think most chickens not able of laying eggs anymore will be slaughtered.

im not realy strict about eating eggs when the are in other products but i dont eat them straight anymore, i think its importent to watch our egg consuption and dont let it get out of hand.

lemonie (author)cornflaker2010-07-17

It's an interesting discussion, I am trying to learn/understand things, so I do appreciate your input.


cornflaker (author)lemonie2010-07-17

Yeah I agree there has been some interesting points raised

cornflaker (author)lemonie2010-07-16

Yeah but if we all accepted what your definition of vegetarian appears to be to me then the word vegan would be completely redundant.

 Im a vegetarian and I eat eggs but my family always buy free range eggs.

ERCBIENG (author)lemonie2010-04-20

 My family (who is vegetarian) and all of my friends who are vegetarian consider eggs to be "vegetarian"  the people I know who don't eat eggs are vegans not vegetarians

troseph (author)ERCBIENG2010-04-20

But eggs aren't vegetable matter, they're chicken embryos. Would you eat a fetus would you?

otherscott (author)troseph2010-04-20

 Eggs that are sold in stores are not fertilizied meaning they are not embryos.
We does every vegetarian 'ible turn into a debate about what is or isn't vegetarian?

lemonie (author)otherscott2010-04-20

It's important for something that's published world-wide to sort out these technicalities, in order that people know how "vegetarian" it is.


ERCBIENG (author)lemonie2010-04-20

 To be a vegetarian can mean different things to different people.  For most vegetarians eggs are OK because they are not living (and never will be). Eggs are more of a product of a chicken. Like otherscott said, eggs sold in super markets are not fertilized, making eggs simply biological stems cells. You can kinda compare it to dairy.  Dairy is a product from an animal but not necessarily living.  The principal is the same with eating eggs.  Now if you are vegan and wanting to make this recipe you can buy powdered "egg whites"  which actually aren't made of eggs.  

lemonie (author)ERCBIENG2010-04-21

I might ask about yoghurt/yogurt but I don't think we want to get into alive/dead discussions...
Thanks for the details.


wolfe.chris (author)lemonie2010-11-18

Wait a minute now, what "alive/dead discussion" regarding yogurt? The only thing that may be "living" in most yogurt is not from the animal kingdom. If you're going to go that far then there is nothing on this planet (or any other for that matter) that is suitable for consumption. In order to prevent us from ingesting anything that is living we would have to seal our faces with some impermeable barrier. Microorganisms are everywhere, if it makes a person non-vegetarian to consume such, then there isn't a vegetarian in the cosmos and there never has been. If you are playing the devil's advocate here, I think you're getting a little ridiculous with it, but if you are genuinely trying to decide what makes a person a vegetarian you are not going to find anything but argument here. This is a decision that you have to make on your own. Some people consider fish and other seafood to be vegetarian. Personally, I will not consume factory farmed eggs. That is only due to the way the hens are stored while they are producing eggs, not due to eggs being animals (they aren't). My family raises chickens, the roosters are kept in completely different areas from the hens so as to prevent any possibility of fertilization. I don't eat milk due to an intolerance to lactose, but if I did it would only be locally produced and free-ranged. There are many different reasons why a person may choose to be a vegetarian (ethical, health, religious belief) and that will determine what they are willing to accept as "truly vegetarian". There is not a person on the planet who can be considered an authority on what is or isn't vegetarian.

troseph (author)wolfe.chris2010-11-18

eat rocks, hippies

Una (author)ERCBIENG2010-04-26

Powdered egg whites are made of eggs. They are dehydrated egg whites. However there are lots of good egg replacers or you can make substitutes with flaxseeds, arrowroot, and cornstarch. Just do a google search, there are lots of options on those. (The flaxseeds add lots of fiber and is really good for you.)

troseph (author)otherscott2010-04-20

because meat is good for you :)

lemonie (author)ERCBIENG2010-04-20

Eggs are not vegetables.
Do you know under which conditions the eggs were produced and do they fit with your family's moral / ethical position upon intensive rearing of animals for food?


Una (author)lemonie2010-04-26

There really is no reason to question what other people eat, nor why they eat it. I am a vegetarian. I don't eat eggs but I do consume dairy, and occasionally shellfish.
Some would call me not at vegetarian. Others would say I am nearly vegan.
It is best to concern yourself with with what is on your plate, and what you put in your body. That way these friendly debates become unnecessary.

caitlinsdad (author)lemonie2010-04-20

There is a product recall on Skallops because of some mislabeled cans that did not identify milk and eggs as ingredients for those allergic to it.

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