February 12, 2014

Chicken Stylee Seitan

by IsaChandra

Makes 2 pounds
Total time: 1 hour || Active time: 10 minutes

That isn’t a typo! This is Chicken Styl-ee Seitan. Perfect for where ever someone might use a chicken. I know, people sometimes eat chickens, weird right?

PS This recipe was designed for the Seitan & Waffles. But you can use it in anything, of course!

Recipe Notes

~ For the most chicken-y seitan, use an unchicken broth, like Better Than Bullion brand.

For the broth:
8 cups vegetable broth
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 bay leaves

For the seitan:
2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup chickpea flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons olive oil

Fill a stock pot with the broth, smashed garlic and bay leaves, cover and bring to a boil.

In the meantime, together the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast and chickpea flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add broth, soy sauce, and olive oil. Mix with a fork and then use your hands to knead for about 3 minutes, until it’s a firm dough and everything looks well incorporated. Divide into 8 even pieces. An easy way to do this is to divide the dough in half, then divide those halves and then divide those halves. Ta-da! 8 pieces. Stretch each piece into a cutlet, pressing the cutlet into the counter to smooth the surface. Let rest until the broth has come to a full boil.

Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer. This is important, the broth should not be at a rolling boil or you risk the seitan getting water logged (AKA turning into brains) Add the gluten pieces and partially cover pot so that steam can escape. Let simmer for 45 minutes, turning occasionally. Make sure to keep an eye on the heat, because it may start to boil again, in which case, just turn it down a notch to keep at a slow, steady simmer.

When seitan is done, you can let it cool right in the broth, or remove a portion to use right away. Once cooled, keep stored in a tightly covered tupperware container, submerged in broth.



  • February 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm: Chels

    Nice. I love the softer texture the mix of chickpea flour & gluten gives seitan. Looking forward to the whole recipe… :o

  • February 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm: Jules

    Do you have a suggestion for the leftover broth? I’ve yet to make my own seitan because I both am uncreative and can’t bring myself to throw out the remaining broth. Thanks, Isa! You rock!

  • February 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm: Dana

    I have never been able to get the hang of simmered seitan. If I were to steam this, how long should I steam it for?

  • February 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm: Christy

    Thanks for the recipe Isa! I have been wanting to make my own seitan for some time now and I’ll try this weekend. Could you clarify when the onion powder and sage are added, or does it even matter?

  • February 14, 2014 at 4:25 am: Whina

    I love this. I made seitan for the first time with this recipe. It was super easy! I don’t know why I use to buy this stuff. The texture and flaour were spot on!

  • February 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm: Andrea

    Jules- last time I made seitan I used the leftover broth to make the lentil soup in Veganomicon.

  • February 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm: Alexa

    Found great way to practice my fake-chicken-making skills. I make baked no-chicken nuggets! You know, this werid nuggets made with bird corpses are sometimes extended with starchy stuff, so if my corpse-free nuggets are a bit brainy and starchy, they still taste, well, like nuggets. Just like cheap nuggets or like higher quality nuggets, but it still is what it says.
    Hell, “everything tastes like chicken”, so why it’s so hard to make a vegan thing tasting like chicken?! It’s not fair.

  • February 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm: jenn

    Hey Jules,
    I know you’re asking Isa, but when I make seitan I make the broth into gravy and pour it over the seitan. After you simmer the stuff, take the broth, add some black pepper and taste it. If its bland, add more of the spices you put in the seitan, .5 t of each I’d guess, but I don’t usually measure. Then add 3 Tablespoons flour to a little bit of water in a cup, mix it up till theres no chunks, and add it to the broth. Bring to a boil, 5 min, stirring. Then simmer on lower temp till thick-ish. Turn off heat and let stand 5-10 more min. and it will be all the way thick. Never waste the broth again, make some chicken/garlic gravy for your seitan!

  • February 18, 2014 at 5:34 am: ruchama burrell

    Thanks to a vegan slow cooker cook book, I’ve found a fool proof way to simmer seitan; on high in the slow cooker for about 3 hours. Works like a charm. I’ve used the left over simmering liquid as liquid for gravy or even to add in place of broth in a stew or soup recipe.

  • February 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm: Patricia

    Only thing I’d add to what jenn says is that I’d use almond or soy milk instead of water; I’ve found it makes the gravy creamier. Can’t wait to try this seitan recipe.
    Dana, I use my rice cooker to steam my seitan. The only problem I have with that is I am sometimes tempted to take it out before the timer on the cooker goes off, but that is my own problem. Just make the pieces, wrap in foil, and put in the vegetable rack of a rice cooker, with water in the main part of the cooker for steaming. This works really well for me (as long as I don’t get antsy and take the seitan out before the timer goes off)

  • February 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm: Heguiberto

    Hi There,
    I finally got around making this Seitan with excellent result! Will be making more and experimenting with different flavors too. I never knew making this could be so easy. From now on home made seitan it is! Love it.

  • February 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm: MB

    Made the waffles this morning, very good! Need some time to brown, but neither my husband nor I could eat just one. Had to have more. We are not vegans (yet), just trying some good plant based recipes to improve our health as we age (mid fifties) and SO Glad I found this website!

  • February 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm: Becca

    Help! It might be because I don’t have my glasses on, but are the sage and onion powder not in the directions? I just tossed them into the dry ingredients and kept my fingers crossed. :/

  • February 25, 2014 at 1:46 am: Amy

    Is there a substitute/flavoring alternative for soy sauce? Even if it turns this into another style than chicken. I can’t do soy right now and soy free seitan would be so useful!! Thanks for any suggestions

  • March 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm: Bree

    Amy, have you tried Bragg’s Liquid Aminos? It tastes better than soy sauce (at least for me, I think it’s more flavorful) and it soy free. I use it in place of soy sauce or tamari. It’s amazing.

  • March 12, 2014 at 10:27 am: Seb

    Interesting, never thought of mixing the gluten with something else than spices before. Sounds like something I have to try next time :) Thanks for the great recipe!

  • March 23, 2014 at 10:51 am: Patricia Sj√∂berg

    I used regular vegetable broth, and it turned out great. I was very careful not to let it boil. Only zombies want brains for dinner. We ate some of it in a broccoli/seitan stir fry with peanut sauce. YUM

  • March 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm: Janie

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for Isa Does It! I’m cooking my way through and enjoying every single dish….you are an awesome cook and have been my salvation in my vegan lifestyle!

  • April 16, 2014 at 8:49 am: NT

    This was a success! I didn’t use it for the intended purposes of fried un-chicken though. I marinated small pieces (along with a bunch of veggies), skewered them and stuck the skewers on the grill. Non-veggies loved it too! Grills up very well, and has a great texture. Anyone frozen this successfully after making a large batch?

  • April 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm: Emma

    Thanks, @Ruchama! Love the slow cooker idea. I’ve always had good luck with Isa’s seitan recipes, but it is kind of a pain to monitor things so the broth doesn’t boil, and given my attention span, I’m always in danger of walking off and doing something else, leaving all my hard work to cook down into brainy mush.

  • May 6, 2014 at 4:07 am: Annalise

    Isa,
    I’m a body builder competitor and in the past 4 months I’ve gone vegan, so I’ve been exploring the nutritional background of seitan in all its prep states. I’ve read info about seitan lacking complete aminos and that the simmering broth (with soy) adds the lysine addition. I don’t like that I can’t account for the carb contents of the simmering broths into my macro-counting, so I’ve been adding coconut aminos (I prefer it over actual soy products) to my actual wet ingredient portion of my recipes, then I steam my pieces after I’ve sectioned and weighed the pieces for macro accountability. Am I still achieving the activation and addition of lysine into my process?

  • May 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm: Kaitlin

    RE: Annalise the Body Builder

    Hi Annalise, I’m a vegan and also a nutrition student (going for my Registered Dietician’s license!). While I’m not familiar with the amino-profile of coconut aminos, I do know that some lysine is being added to this recipe from the chickpea flour (legumes are good sources of lysine). This website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in vegan protein, and it lists common foods and the essential amino acid composition of each: Lentils are an excellent source of lysine, and I highly recommend Isa’s recipe for Ancho Lentil Tacos here on the PPK! I always make a double batch :)

  • May 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm: Kaitlin

    RE: Annalise the Body Builder

    The website didn’t post, sorry! Try Vegan Health (dot) org

  • June 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm: Zach

    How densely packed should the gluten be in the cup? Is there a weight measurement that I could use instead?

  • June 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm: christine

    Wow! These were so yummy! We cut them into 1 1/2 in squares to have “chik’n” nuggets, but they expand so much in the water they were like chik’n strips. We will definitely make this recipe a keeper!

  • June 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm: Pam G

    When I want to make cutlets I roll the dough into a tube shape and use a scissor and cut into the circles and then squish them. works great and you get a nice cutlet shape.