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Chick-Fil-A Style Cauliflower Bites

In case you haven't noticed, the chicken sandwich wars are officially on. Every fast food joint is claiming they have the best chicken sandwich. It started with Chick-Fil-A but now everyone is trying to knock them off the podium. You have Popeyes, Shake Shack, KFC, and now even McDonalds, Wendy's, Burger King, and Panera. Well, I wanted to try to recreate it at home only vegan style using cauliflower. Feel free to substitute chicken instead, but note, cooking times may very.

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice (or pickled jalapeno juice)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened milk substitute
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (if oven baking)
  • 3-4 cups frying oil (if frying)
  • side of pickles and hot sauce
  • Preheat 450 degrees or oil to 375 degrees.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry the cauliflower chunks.
  • Mix all the batter ingredients except the panko bread crumbs together in a bowl or Ziploc bag.
  • Add the cauliflower chunks and toss until coated with the batter.
  • Remove the cauliflower chunks from the batter and drain off any excess batter.
  • If frying, gently slide 1/2 of the cauliflower chunks into the frying oil and fry for 7-10 minutes until the coating turns golden brown. Then repeat with the other half making sure the oil returns to 375 degrees between batches.
  • If baking, return the cauliflower to a clean bowl or Ziploc bag and add the panko bread crumbs and toss to coat. Place the cauliflower chunks on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve with pickles and hot sauce on the side for pairing and dipping.
As a footnote, my inspiration for this recipe comes from the following blogs: