Vegan Chicken Nuggets: Easy Recipe with Chickpeas | Soul in the RawThese vegan chicken nuggets are about to blow your mind. They are extremely easy to make, ready in a few minutes, and made entirely of healthy ingredients!

So, the truth is that I have not had chicken in over 10 years. But when I made this recipe for a good meat-eating friend of mine, she told me it tasted exactly like chicken. I think we can trust her on that…

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Vegan Chicken Nuggets or Vegan Omelet?

The interesting thing about this vegan chicken nugget recipe is that its fate had been quite different than the result. I originally intended to create an oil-free omelet, only to have it completely stick to my pan.

(Perhaps one day I will come up with a good recipe, and will definitely share it with you! Have any of you ever successfully made an oil-free vegan omelet before?!?!?!).

Then, I gave it a little try and found out that the flavor was awesome. So I just turned it into “omelet chunks”, aka, vegan chicken nuggets!

When I brought it over to my friend’s house, I didn’t explain what it was. I just told her it was yummy. When she tried it, “vegan chicken nuggets” was her first response!

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The reason why I love these vegan chicken nuggets so much, besides their amazing flavor and beautiful color, is that they are actually super healthy. They are made of completely whole food, plant-based ingredients, and are even pretty low in salt (that would be a first for me, aren’t you proud?)

Some Tough to Swallow Facts

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some facts with you about chicken. Even though I personally have never liked the flavor of chicken, I was forced to eat it as a child at least once a week. And I know that many people are very addicted to the flavor and texture of chicken. So perhaps these facts (along with this amazing recipe) will allow you to step away from the chicken.

Here are some health facts about chicken from The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: 

  • First off, chickens can soak in “fecal soup” (their feces) for up to an hour before being packaged
  • In addition, Peracetic acid and chlorine are both commonly used to treat chicken for contaminants (and, of course, they end up in the food)
  • Most chicken is contaminated with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics
  • Arsenic in chicken could lead to increased risk of lung and bladder cancer deaths
  • Lastly, both 4 ounces of beef and 4 ounces of chicken contain approximately 100 milligrams of cholesterol (which can lead to heart disease, the #1 killer in the USA)

And some more chicken facts:

  • Firstly, chickens can distinguish between more than 100 faces of their own species
  • They form complex social structures called “pecking orders”, and every chicken knows their place in the chicken social ladder
  • Also, chickens love to sunbathe
  • These little babies experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, so they dream just like humans
  • In addition, chickens have pain receptors that give them the ability to feel pain and distress. This means that more than 452 million caged hens are currently suffering, most moments of the day.
  • Hens defend their young from predators, and they put them under their feathers to protect them. The babies become pretty much invisible under mama’s feathers – it’s so cute!
  • Chickens have more than 30 types of vocalizations to distinguish between threats.
  • And lastly – mamas talk to their babies while they are in the womb, teaching them calls before they even hatch

So, now that we are all in the clear that chickens do not = food, we can proceed to enjoy my version of chicken: chickpea vegan chicken nuggets!

Vegan Chicken Nuggets Recipe, with Hemp Yogurt, Quinoa, and Peas

Don’t let this amazing recipe fool you. It’s just as fancy as it sounds…

Just kidding – it’s very, embarrassingly simple to make, but tastes absolutely incredible.

Also, you can serve these with the amazing provided yogurt sauce, or with one of these incredible oil-free vegan sauces.

Ready? Let’s turn chicken into a cruelty-free, healthy treat!

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Vegan Chicken Nuggets Recipe, with Hemp Yogurt, Quinoa and Peas

A delicious, simple version of chicken nuggets that is made entirely of healthy, whole ingredients and takes minutes to make. 
Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes


For the vegan chicken nuggets:

For the hemp yogurt sauce:


For the vegan chicken nuggets:

  • Blend flour, water, salt, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, and chophouse seasoning in a blender until well incorporated. 
  • Heat a non-stick pan over high heat. Test it by sprinkling a drop of water. If it sizzles, then it is ready.
  • Pour blender mixture into the pan, and swirl it around the pan so that it's evenly spread out on the entire pan. 
  • Continue to cook until the top is no longer wet and shiny, and is completely dry.
  • At this point, start to cut up the omelet with a spatula inside the pan, and fold pieces together. I show how to do this in the video here
  • Add the coconut aminos, and flip the pieces over, making sure they are completely dry on both sides. 

For the hemp yogurt sauce:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until completely smooth. 

For serving:

  • I served my chicken nuggets on top of some quinoa and defrosted green peas, with the sauce drizzled on top. 


Optional: serve with quinoa, brown rice, or millet, and frozen defrosted green peas. 
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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.