Best Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets





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

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

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

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

 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

 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)



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    57 Discussions

    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.

    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?

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    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

    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.

    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.

    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 :)

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     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

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

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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?


    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.

    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.


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

    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.