Hot Fried Maitake Chicken

Wicked Healthy

Vegan food

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  • 1 lb / 450g Maitake Mushroom clusters
  • 1 Cup / 250ml Oil for frying
  • 3 Cups / 375g Panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 Cups / 375g Crumbled BBQ potato chips
  • 3 Cups / 375g Flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt, coarse grind Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper, fine grind
  • 3 Cups / 360ml Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg wash mixture (or similar)
  • 1/2 Cup / 120ml hot sauce

Delicious, fun and finger licking good! Dig into our wicked take on HOT southern fried chicken’ that kicks ass!

Serves 4

Recipe courtesy of Wicked Healthy, for Veganuary
Imagery © Derek Sarno
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  • Heat cast iron skillet or heavy-duty saucepan to med heat. On 1/2 sheet pan lay out all mushrooms in whole clusters, drizzle and lightly dab 1 t of oil to the mushrooms. Apply a light coat in which the seasoning will stick to, sprinkle dry seasoning then add to heated cast iron pan and weigh down with additional cast iron pan, a brick wrapped in tin foil or heavier cover to create a press. Cook for 2 -3 minutes then flip over being careful not to tear the mushroom breasts. Sprinkle a bit more of seasoning and then press with pan again. Repeat this process several times until mushrooms are condensed and pressed into light golden brown pieces with no liquid in the pan.

NOTE: Depending on the mushrooms (cause they’re all different) some will leach more liquid than others. Don’t fret it might take a couple minutes longer to cook but the liquid will dissipate. After they are pressed and golden, remove mushrooms from heat and cool.

  • In medium-size bowl or container add pressed shrooms and Haute sauce to marinate for at least an hour or overnight.
  • In three separate bowls get the breading station ready.
    • Seasoned flour with a little salt and pepper
    • Make Vegan egg wash mixture by following directions on Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg
    • Make panko crumb crust by adding panko, BBQ potato chips, and seasoning to food processor and pulse until coarse grind consistency.
  • Lightly dredge each piece of shroom, first in flour to coat, then in vegan egg mixture, then in seasoned panko, so it’s fully coated.
  • In medium cast iron pan add oil so it’s between 1/4 & 1/2-inch deep and heat on medium heat, once hot begin to fry each piece for several minutes on each side until golden brown, when done let sit on newspaper or paper bag to catch excess oil.

NOTE: if you’re doing a big batch and allow to cool – pieces may be reheated before serving by assembling on a baking sheet and reheat in a 350-degree oven for 5 – 10 minutes until hot.


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