This Vegan Chicken and Waffles is made with pan fried, (then oven baked) cauliflower. Topped with the traditional hot sauce and maple syrup combo, It’s incredibly tasty and won’t have you missing the real version. Enjoy for any meal of the day!
Honestly, I’ve only had “real” chicken and waffles maybe twice in my entire life. It’s just not something that ever sounded good to me. Eric, on the other hand, LOVES it. I had a bunch of leftover cauliflower from making this nacho cheese sauce, and wanted to create a recipe to get rid of it ASAP. Using the last of my cauliflower for this dish was one of the better choices I made last week. Let’s all take moment to appreciate my good decision making skills.
I mean, come on! You can’t tell me that doesn’t make you want to lick the screen. Even if you HATE cauliflower, you’re bound to love this. It’s the perfect combo, and you don’t even have to feel guilty about stuffing your face with this.
Eat this for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or a snack. Hell, eat it all day if you’d like! I can promise you that none will go to waste. Give it a go & let me know how it turned it!
Vegan Chicken and Waffles
This Vegan Chicken and Waffles is made with pan fried, (then oven baked) cauliflower. It's incredibly tasty and won't have you missing the real version. Enjoy for any meal of the day!
For the Cauliflower Breading
- 1 C all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp cornmeal
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
For the Egg Wash (Egg replacer)
- 1/2 C chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour
- 1/2 C almond milk
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- pinch of salt
- pinch of black pepper
For the Waffles
- Your favorite waffle batter/box mix
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 3 tbsp warm water
Wash and chop cauliflower into desired sizes*.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Make the Breading & Egg Replacer
Mix the breading ingredients together in a separate shallow dish. Set aside.
Mix the Egg Replacer ingredients together in a shallow dish. Set aside and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, or until it gets to an "egg-like" consistency.
Make the Cauliflower and Waffles
Pour around 1 cup of vegetable or canola oil in a large, deep skillet and heat on high.
Cover each cauliflower piece in egg replacer and then dredge in cornmeal breading. Fry in oil until golden brown - about 3-4 minutes on each side.
Transfer cauliflower to a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender.
While the cauliflower is baking, make your flax egg by combining the ground flaxseed and water.
Follow the instructions for your waffle mix, but substituting the flax egg for the regular egg **
Once cauliflower is done, take out of the oven and plate with waffles. Top with butter, maple sypup, hot sauce, or condiment of choice!
*The larger you cut the cauliflower pieces, the longer it will take to cook. Whatever size you choose, make sure to cut every piece the same to ensure even cooking.
** 1 tbsp ground flaxseed: 3 tbsp water is the ratio for 1 egg substitute. Depending on your waffle mix/how many you plan to make, you may need to double, or adjust accordingly.