No-Meat "Chicken" Nuggets

These vegetarian "chicken" nuggets taste (and look!) way better than regular meaty nuggets. Get your food processor out to make it!
6 servings
Prep Time
20 Mins
Active Time
20 Mins

We came into this with every intention of making this vegetarian nuggets recipe taste as close to actual chicken nuggets as possible. We failed, and have resolved into thinking you can't really recreate that without meat. But our effort led us to something better. And honestly, what are you doing looking for vegetarian nuggets expecting it to taste like McDonald's?

This recipe needs a lot of ingredients. However, this mix of vegetables and spices gives it its unique taste and helps it mimic the shape of real nuggets. You'll definitely need a food processor to make this recipe. You can go old-school and crush them all together. But that's probably going to take you a couple of hours.


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 cups oyster mushrooms
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • salt, to taste
  • neutral oil, for frying


  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups cold water
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