For today's recipe, we revisited a classic American favourite: crispy nuggets. And we gave them a plant-based spin using fried jackfruit chunks instead of chicken. We seasoned them with a special spice combo and made them super crispy. Sounds exciting? Let us show you how to do it!
While chicken nuggets are a no-go in a vegan diet, it doesn't mean you can't get enjoy something equally tasty using plant-based ingredients. That's where our beloved jackfruit comes into play! The young, unripe fruit has a neutral taste and a wonderfully meaty texture. Its flesh consists of stringy filaments that look exactly like chicken meat, making it the perfect vegan replacement.
The great thing about jackfruit is that it takes on the flavours of the ingredients it's mixed with. So, we decided to coat our nuggets with homemade Cajun seasoning, with spices like paprika, oregano, and garlic. We'll give you the full list of Cajun spices so you can make it from scratch as we did. But you can also use the ready-mixed, store-bought Cajun seasoning if you already have it at home.
The secret to perfect fried nuggets is in the breading and the frying. For the coating, you'll need starch, vegan buttermilk, and breadcrumbs. It's a three-step coating process where each layer adds flavour, thickness, and crunchiness to the nugget. And if you want extra-crispy nuggets, then flaky panko breadcrumbs are the best choice. Trust us, they'll make a difference!
As for the frying, we rarely fry food in our recipes, as it's not a very healthy way of cooking. But enjoying a few fried nuggets with moderation every once in a while won't compromise your overall health. For best results, a cooking thermometer is in order. But we'll share some tips and tricks on how to get great results even if you don't have a thermometer.
Once you bite into one of these vegan nuggets, you won't believe they're made with jackfruit. They're so crispy, flavourful, and meaty they won't last more than 5 minutes. Ours certainly didn't! Drizzle them with lemon juice and dunk them in ketchup, no-egg mayo, buffalo sauce, or any dip you like. Enjoy!