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Chicken-less Nuggets

Crispy beans and tofu make the perfect vegetarian nuggets approved by everyone in the family.
4 Servings Meet The Cook Print
Chicken-less Nuggets

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces rinse and drain Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas), Canned
  • 8 ounces Tofu, Firm
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil #1
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • ¾ cups Bread Crumbs
  • ½ teaspoons Thyme, Dried
  • ¾ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil #2
  • Serving Day Ingredients

    These ingredients are added AFTER your meal has been frozen — for the day you serve and eat it.

  • 4 tablespoons Ketchup

Freezer Containers

  • 1 Gallon Freezer Bag

Supplies

  • Baking Sheets
  • Labels

Nutritional Information

  • Not available.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. In a bowl, mash beans, tofu, olive oil # 1, and soy sauce.
  2. On a large plate, combine breadcrumbs, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Divide bean mixture into indicated number of nuggets.
  4. Cover in breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Heat oil #2 over medium heat in a pan.
  6. Cook nuggets until cooked through and golden, about 10 minutes per side.
  7. Serve with ketchup.

Freeze For Later Cooking Directions

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. In a bowl, mash beans, tofu, olive oil # 1, and soy sauce.
  2. On a large plate, combine breadcrumbs, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Divide bean mixture into indicated number of nuggets.
  4. Cover in breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Heat oil #2 over medium heat in a pan.
  6. Cook nuggets until cooked through and golden, about 10 minutes per side.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and flash freeze.
  8. Divide among indicated number of gallon freezer bags, label, and freeze.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Serve with ketchup.

4 Comments

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  1. my family did not care for these. the flavor was fine, but they fell apart way to easily, and since i hate to waste, we ended up eating the ‘crumbled tofu’ with spoons! 😉 i wont be making this again.

    1. Kaye – So sorry this didn’t work for you. It happens to me sometimes as well, I just make sure that I make a mental note (or margin note if in a cook book) that it wasn’t a favorite.

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