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Vegan Chickpea Tender Mandarin Asian Salad Fix’ns

Chicken-Mandarin Asian Salad is one of those fresh Spring and Summer favorites. I absolutely adore toasted sesame dressing. But, of course, standard chicken tenders or grilled strips don’t really fly in our house. I’ve made chickpea cutlets before as well as chickpea taquitos. So, working from that recipe, I altered the spices a bit as well as the size of the cutlets to create chickpea tenders. Top it off with mandarin oranges, sesame dressing and chow mein noodles for a simple instant salad topping from your freezer.

Vegan Chickpea Tender Mandarin Asian Salad Fix’ns

Author/Source:

Kristi @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounces chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 0.5 cups vital wheat gluten, adding more if necessary
  • 0.5 cups breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 11 ounces mandarin oranges, drained, liquid reserved
  • 0.25 cups oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 0.5 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 0.25 teaspoon red pepper, dried crushed
  • 0.5 cups chow mein noodles

Directions:

Mash chickpeas. Combine with poultry seasoning, wheat gluten, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper. Form into 3-inch strips similar to chicken fingers. If tenders do not form easily, add a bit more wheat gluten until the strips hold together. Fry chickpea tenders in a skillet with about 1/4-inch of oil about 3-5 minutes per side.

Combine drained oranges, 2 tablespoons of reserved liquid, oil, white wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper and set aside.

Top lettuce salad with tenders, mandarin sesame dressing and chow mein noodles.

Freezing Directions:

Before frying, wrap chickpea tenders in plastic wrap and divide among pint freezer bags. Divide dressing among quart freezer bags.

Bag chow mein noodles in pint freezer bags. Add all three bags to separate gallon freezer bags to keep them together in portions.

To serve: Thaw. Fry chickpea tenders in a skillet with about 1/4-inch of oil about 3-5 minutes per side. Top lettuce salad with tenders, mandarin sesame dressing and chow mein noodles.

Servings: 4

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2 Responses to “Vegan Chickpea Tender Mandarin Asian Salad Fix’ns”

  1. I love the chickpea tenders! My kids would never go for it so I would end up eating them all, which isn’t a bad thing. How do they keep in the refrigerator?

    • kristi says:

      If I don’t freeze them, I’ve kept them refrigerated in the fridge for up to four days with no issues. There’s no egg in the recipe, so I would think up to a week would be fine.

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