This vegan orange chicken recipe is intended to be comforting, delicious and fun. You may see the word “healthy” in my blog name and assume I only post salads and low calorie foods. However, the definition of healthy is not low-calorie or strictly veggies. Being healthy also means taking care of your mental health and allowing yourself to eat foods that bring you happiness. After all, food is huge part of our culture, community and family.
This orange tofu recipe brings me happiness. Orange chicken was one of my favorite weekend meals as a kid. I loved it so much that I would look forward to orange chicken and movie night every week. After a few trials, I’m happy to announce that I have veganized my favorite orange chicken — orange tofu style! Oh, and if you’re wondering… yes it is better than panda express orange chicken.. and these are the only ingredients that you’ll need:
Making vegan orange chicken in 4 easy steps:
- Break tofu into small pieces.
- Make batter and coat tofu in batter.
- Fry tofu until golden brown.
- Make sauce, heat it up and add tofu!
Better than take-out and it will even be ready by the time your food delivery would arrive anyway! There is a bit of cleaning involved but trust me, this vegan orange chicken recipe will be worth it.
Avoiding oil? No problem! Make this recipe in an air fryer to get that same texture. If using an air fryer: set to 375 F and air fry for 18-22 minutes while flipping every 7 minutes.
If you want to bake the tofu I recommend coating it in cornstarch only instead of coating it with the batter. Mix 1/3 cup corn starch with garlic powder and salt before coating the tofu. This will help the tofu achieve a more crispy texture in the oven. Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes flipping halfway through.
Substitutes and tips:
Can’t have tofu? Try cauliflower! It’s equally as delicious. Click here for a delicious cauliflower orange chicken recipe!
Corn starch is absolutely necessary for this recipe, don’t skip it!
If using oil, I recommend: avocado, canola or vegetable oil. Avoid olive oil, smoking point is too low and can become toxic when frying at high heat.
Soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos are all great to use in this recipe.
BONUS TIP: Freeze tofu and fully defrost before using for a chicken-like texture that will make it taste like real orange chicken!
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