Crispy, Golden, Baked Vegan Chickpea Nuggets

Eat the Rainbow

Crispy, Golden, Baked Vegan Chickpea Nuggets

These vegan chicken nuggets, made with chickpeas, oats, and tofu get a satisfying crunch from a cornflake-panko coating, and come together in a flash.

Serves: 4

These chickpea-based nuggets from the Eat the Rainbow: Vegan Recipes Made with Love cookbook take just 30 minutes to come together and are delicious dipped in ketchup and served with a side of homemade fries or roasted potatoes.

What you need:

For the crust: 
1¼ cups cornflakes, crushed
¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
½ cup aquafaba

For the nuggets: 
1 tablespoon vegetable or sunflower oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
½ cup rolled or whole oats
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
⅔ cup firm tofu, drained
½ teaspoon yellow mustard

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. For the crust, onto baking sheet, place cornflakes and panko breadcrumbs. Bake 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. For the nuggets, in a small frying pan over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes until soft and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a food processor or blender, place oats and process to a fine flour. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until crumbly. Divide mixture into 16 nuggets. 
  5. Into a medium bowl, add aquafaba. In another bowl, add panko mixture. Coat each nugget with aquafaba, then panko mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake in oven 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm. 
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