Seitan chicken

Easy Seitan Chicken (Chickwheat style)

This is our recipe for Easy Seitan Chicken. Essentially it’s a chick wheat recipe but I’ve tweaked it so it’s easier and quicker to make, and you can use a regular steamer to cook it.

Nearly every recipe I’ve looked at calls for the use of an ‘Instapot’ or pressure cooker, with my method you just mix it and steam it and you are good to go!

This is such an easy make, if you only have a tin of chickpeas and some gluten in the cupboard then it’s still pretty good but of course it’s next level if you have everything on the list.

Like most Seitan it benefits greatly from being left to cool and even rest in the fridge overnight. If you’re tearing bits off to make nuggets or for stir-fry then just watch your hands on the steam when it’s hot, but if you’re wanting to slice it up for sandwiches then rest it overnight and you’ll be able to slice it much thinner.

This is the basic product, you can use this for roast dinner, sandwich slices, curries, burritos, stir-fry and fried chicken. Yes you heard that right, this is the base for crispy fried chicken…. more on that to follow x

Seitan chicken

Seitan Chicken (Chick wheat)

This is my simple and quick recipe for making chick wheat without a pressure cooker!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Main Meals, Snacks, Lunches
Cuisine: Vegan, English
Keyword: chickpeas, seitan
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Paul


  • Food Processor
  • Steamer
  • Baking paper
  • String
  • Table spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Cooling rack
  • Scales


Wet Ingredients

  • 400g tin Chickpeas inc. liquid
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • 4 tbsp Nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 0.5 tsp salt

Dry Ingredients

  • 250 g wheat gluten


  • Tip the entire contents of the tin of chickpeas (including the juice) in to the food processor.
  • Add the rest of the wet ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Tip the wheat gluten into the food processor.
  • Blend until a moderately firm but slightly sticky dough has formed.
    Blend for another 2 minutes on high.
  • Remove the dough and split in half.
    Weigh each half and adjust until they weigh the same.
  • Kneed and form each half into two loaves around 20cm long.
    Seitan chicken before steaming
  • Loosely wrap each loaf in baking paper then tie with string. Leave a little room for expansion during steaming.
    Seitan chicken loaf wrapped for steaming
  • Pop them both into the steamer then put the lid on.
    Seiten chicken in the steamer
  • Steam for 45 minutes.
  • When the time's up, take them out of the steamer, unwrap them and place them on the cooling rack for 30 minutes to rest.
  • To make strips/shreds just pull open a loaf with your thumbs in the centre, then peel of strips to suit your dish. Watch out it they are still a bit hot!
    Seitan chicken shreds
  • Fry the pieces in a little oil to get crispy on the outside, or oven bake at 200c for 15 minutes to get crispy without oil.
    You can also just cook the pieces in your favourite dish without getting crispy first, enjoy!
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