I have been cooking food for dozens of years and watched thousands of hours of television cooking shows.  Yet, somehow, I never knew about the magic of seitan (pronounced say-tahn, with the emphasis on the second syllable).

Seitan is sometimes called wheat meat or gluten meat since it is made from wheat gluten.  This has been a popular food in Asia since the the sixth century, so it must be good if it’s lasted this long!

My first several attempts had mixed results.  The following recipe is now producing a flavorful meat substitute that can probably fool your friends.  We have used it in many recipes (chicken fajitas, buffalo wings, orange chicken, stir fry, etc.)  Although, be warned if people have gluten allergies since this would be a problem as it is mostly made of gluten.

To make the seitan, mix dry ingredients with one cup of vegetable broth and form a dough ball.  

Once dough has come together, shape it into a flat disc about an inch thick.  Then place it in a bath of cold water for a minute to help solidify the dough and prepare for slicing.

Take it out of the water bath and squeeze out excess water.  Spread out the seitan mixture and slice it into small bite-sized pieces.

Now cook the seitan in a shallow pan with vegetable broth that just covers the individual pieces.  This process will essentially braise the seitan and add some extra flavor.  Place in a 400 degree oven for 45-60 minutes.  
Around 30 minutes into this process, half the liquid will be gone.  Flip the pieces of seitan and continue to cook until the liquid is gone.

The faux chicken is now ready to cook or put in a sealed container to use later.  For many recipes, fry in a non-stick skillet with some olive oil until golden brown.  Serve in place of chicken and be amazed!

 

Faux Chicken Seitan
Serves 4
An amazing chicken meat substitute made from vital wheat gluten.
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  2. 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  3. 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  4. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  5. 1 cup vegetable broth
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients with one cup of vegetable broth and form a dough ball.
  2. Once dough has come together, shape it into a flat disc about an inch thick. Then place it in a bath of cold water to help solidify the dough and prepare for slicing.
  3. Spread out the seitan mixture and slice it into small bite-sized pieces.
  4. Now cook the seitan in a shallow pan with vegetable broth that just covers the individual pieces. This process will essentially braise the seitan and add some extra flavor. Place in a 400 degree oven for 45-60 minutes.
  5. Around 30 minutes into this process, half the liquid will be gone. Flip the pieces of seitan and continue to cook until the liquid is gone.
  6. Fry pieces in a non-stick skillet in olive oil until golden brown. Allow edges to crisp up for extra flavor.
Notes
  1. Add extra spices to match your chicken dish. For fajitas, add chile powder and cumin. For chinese stir fry, add ground ginger, etc. This will help carry the flavors of the dish through the faux chicken.
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3 COMMENTS

    • You can buy poultry seasoning at most grocery stores in the spice section. Otherwise, you can make this at home. Use as many of these ingredients that are in your cupboard to get a close approximation:

      2 teaspoons ground sage
      1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground thyme
      1 teaspoon ground marjoram
      3⁄4 teaspoon ground rosemary
      1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
      1⁄2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

  1. Looking forward to trying this. I’m on a big seitan kick lately. I love how flexible it is in accepting the different spices and preparation methods. I’ve tried steamed, boiled, and baked. The baked-in-broth method would be a new one for me but, like I said, that’s a good thing.

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