I posted a sneak peak of these Vegan Cajun Wings on twitter and I received a ton of messages about when this recipe will be live. Well, it’s finally here! If you are here because you saw that post on twitter, hi! Welcome! And I’m so excited to share these Vegan Cajun Wings with you all. They are the most delicious vegan wings I’ve had yet. Cauliflower and tofu are wonderful but these are better. Way better. Chicken-style seitan wrapped in rice paper, fried until crispy, then tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce… Come on! The sauce is made from maple syrup, lime, and cajun spices so it’s sweet, it’s spicy, and it’s so damn good. You have to try these out! Make these vegan cajun wings on Super Bowl Sunday, for a party, or simply because you deserve a treat.

Before we get cooking, I want to give credit to Candice from the Edgy Veg for bringing rice paper “skin” in to my life. It’s truly brilliant so major props to her! Also, be sure to tag me on instagram and leave a review down below if you try this recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Servings: 12 Wings

Total Prep & Cook Time: Between 1 hour 45 minutes & 2 hours

Chicken-Style Seitan:

  • 1 1/4 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 1/2 cup Silken Tofu, soft + firm will work
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 3/4 cup Vegan Chicken Broth, I recommend No Chicken Bouillon Base
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Sage
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme 
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 8-10 cups Vegan Chicken Broth, for boiling

Seitan Wing “Skin” and Dredge:

  • 6 Sheets Rice Paper, cut in half to make 12
  • 1/2 cup Non-Dairy Milk, or sub Aquafaba
  • 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • Oil, for frying

Cajun Sauce:

  • 1/3 Cup Melted Vegan Butter, I use Earth Balance
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

Step 1:

  • Add the silken tofu, nutritional yeast, vegan chicken broth, salt, onion powder, sage, thyme, and black pepper to a food processor. Blend until smooth. 
  • In a medium sized bowl, add the vital wheat gluten. 
  • Add the tofu mixture to the bowl with the vital wheat gluten and combine with a wooden spoon until just combined. Knead the mixture with clean hands for about 1-2 minutes until it comes together. 
  • Bring a large pot of vegan chicken broth to a boil. 
  • Divide the dough in to 12 pieces.
  • Shape them in to wings. See video for reference.
  • Carefully place them in the no-chicken broth and boil for 40 minutes.
  • Drain and place the wings on a wire rack and let sit for a few minutes until they are cool to the touch.

Step 2:

  • Add hot water to a large bowl.
  • Carefully cut the rice paper in half.
  • Dip 1 piece of rice paper in hot water and soak for a few seconds until soft. Then, wrap one seitan wing in the rice paper. Try to cover all sides. Set wing back on wire rack. Once the rice paper dries and gets slightly sticky, you’ll be able to press the rice paper down and it won’t stick out as much. Continue until all wings have been wrapped in rice paper.
  • In a small shallow bowl, add the non-dairy milk or aquafaba.
  • In a separate shallow bowl, add the all purpose flour and seasonings.
  • Toss a wing in to the dry flour mixture. Coat evenly and shake off excess. Then, toss in non-dairy milk. Finally, toss back in to the dry mixture. Evenly coat the wing and shake off excess. Then, place your skewer stick in to the bottom part of the wing. Set back on wire rack. Continue until all wings have been tossed in the dredge.

Step 3:

  • Set a baking tray under the wire rack.
  • Place a small pot filled halfway with oil on medium-high heat. * I use a small pot so I can use less oil. Just fry 2 or 3 at a time.
  • Once oil is about 300°–325°, fry the seitan wings about 3-5 minutes OR until golden brown and crispy. Flipping with tongs, if needed.
  • Remove golden brown seitan wings and place on the wire rack.
  • Continue until all wings have been fried.

Step 4:

  • Whisk together the melted vegan butter, lime juice, and maple syrup.
  • In a small dish, mix together the cajun seasonings.
  • Add the cornstarch and seasonings to the butter mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Then, pour the sauce in to a large pan on low heat.
  • Whisk until it thickens slightly.
  • Toss the wings in the sauce until evenly coated.
  • Serve and enjoy!!!

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  1. Bruce Standen says:

    Hi Liv
    Just joined your group. My son is vegan and I cook for him quite regularly. I prepared the wings last night and they are amazing. After the swearing about the sticky rice paper I tried one and am sold. My daughter who is not a big eater loved them too!!! The sauce was a bit hot for her but my wife, son & I loved it. This is a keeper and I’ll get better with the rice paper. Thank you for providing lots of options for us. The Chocolate chip cookie tart tonight!!!

    1. Liv says:

      This is amazing to hear!! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe! It’s one of my favorites for sure.

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  4. Charlie says:

    Thank you for sharing. These look amazing and easy enough so that even I can make them. Loved the video and I can’t wait to make them using your easy to follow recipe. Thanks so much !!!

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