Our Favourite Vegan Chicken Alternatives (UK, US, & Recipes to Try at Home)


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Our Favourite Vegan Chicken Alternatives (UK, US, & Recipes to Try at Home)

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It is estimated that over 60 billion chickens are slaughtered each year and over 70% of them are raised in intensive industrial farming systems.

Fortunately, chicken is one of the easiest meats to replicate and there are now plenty of amazing plant-based alternatives.

Here are some of our favourite substitutes, simply click on a link in the contents to your left to skip to that section.

Whilst you’re here, why don’t you check out our egg alternatives?

UK Vegan Chicken Brands

  1. THIS™ Isn’t Chicken Soy & Garlic Pieces
  2. Vivera Plant Chicken Pieces
  3. The Vegetarian Butcher’s What the Cluck
  4. Fry’s Chicken-Style Strips
  5. Quorn Vegan Fillets
  6. VFC (Vegan Fried Chicken)
  7. Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Chicken Bucket
  8. Plant Kitchen’s No-Chicken Kiev’s
  9. Lazy Vegan Chicken-Style Pieces
  10. Squeaky Bean Chicken Kebab Style Sandwich Slice


This may not be chicken, but it IS a gamechanger! Oh my days, the taste and texture of these soy and garlic chicken pieces are insanely good. Perfect in every single way, you will never know that these aren’t meat.

They also do vegan chicken nuggets, tikka pieces, and sea salt and cracked black pepper pieces (and the bacon we mentioned in this post, of course).

Made from: soy and wheat protein

2. Vivera Plant Chicken Pieces

Made from soy protein and pea fibres, this brand is a little bit blander than the other alternatives but the real thing isn’t exactly bursting with flavour anyway. The texture of Vivera Plant Chicken Pieces are great and they taste amazing when paired with a good sauce.

As part of their vegan chicken range, Vivera also makes plant-based versions of chicken tenders, escalopes, and BBQ goujons.

Made from: soy protein and pea fibres

3. The Vegetarian Butcher's What The Cluck

A Southampton-based vegetarian butcher making plant-based chicken…who would have thought it? This particular soy-based product takes the form of chunks, which can easily be added to a delicious curry or pasta sauce.

 They also sell Little Peckers (plant-based nuggets), escalopes, and chicken burgers!

Made from: soy protein

4. Fry’s Chicken-Style Strips

Did someone say vegan chicken waffles?

Lucy and I LOVE Fry’s products. Their chicken strips are divine, high in protein, and are available in Australia, the UK, South Africa, and the US! Pretty sure they’re also exporting to Asia as well now. 

They also make THE BEST vegan chicken burgers!

Made from: soy and wheat protein

5. Quorn Vegan Fillets

There are definitely better alternatives for taste and texture…we’re not really selling these, are we? However, they are really high in protein, are great to store in the freezer for a quick mid-week dinner, and taste good in a sauce.

Plus, they also make vegan chicken pieces, nuggets, escalopes, chicken-free slices, Tex-Mex nuggets.

Made from: mycoprotein, pea protein, and wheat protein

6. VFC (Vegan Fried Chicken)

Move over Colonel, you’ve got competition! These bundles of vegan fried chicken are insanely tasty and no animals were harmed in the process. If you’ve got a lickin’ for some crispy fried chicken, then we seriously recommend you check these guys out.

Not only does VFC produce one of the tastiest meat alternatives available on the UK market, but they also campaign for animal rights. Their latest campaign involved taking vegan activists and celebrities undercover to chicken farms to demonstrate to the world that these poor little factory-farmed hens deserve better.

Co-founded by Matthew Glover and Adam Lyons, this UK brand is on a mission to change the food system and we salute them for their efforts! Go grab a bundle of their fried fillets and bites and feel good knowing that you’re supporting an active brand.

Made from: vital wheat gluten (wheat flour/seitan)

7. Linda McCartney's Vegetarian Chicken Bucket

Did somebody say family size? Haha just kidding, we devour this bucket all by ourselves! We’re sorry Linda, but this product is not built for sharing 😅

Made from: soy and wheat protein

8. Plant Kitchen's No Chicken Kievs

For years Lucy and I were searching for a vegan chicken kiev and then, lo and behold, plenty of brands started making them.

We rate the Plant Kitchen version at M&S for its delicious garlic sauce that oozes out of the centre…mmm!

Made from: soy and wheat protein

9. Lazy Vegan Chicken Style Pieces (free from soy & wheat)

Looking for some plant-based meat that’s free from soy and gluten?

 It can be hard to find but luckily, Lazy Vegan make some delicious chicken style pieces using pea protein – no animals, no soy, no hassle!

Made from: pea protein (soy- and gluten-free, yippee!)

10. Squeaky Bean Chicken Kebab Style Sandwich Slice

If it’s plant-based deli meat you’re craving, then look no further than Squeaky Bean’s Sandwich Slices…seriously, we eat these straight out of the packet. But you can use them in a sarnie, on a vegan cheeseboard, or sliced up into salads – whatever floats your boat.

p.s. You HAVE to try their pastrami, it’s honestly to die for!

Made from: you guessed it…soy and wheat protein!

US Vegan Chicken Brands

  1. Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini
  2. Tofurky’s Plant-Based Lightly Seasoned Chick’n
  3. Quorn’s Meatless Pieces
  4. Daring’s Breaded Chicken Pieces

We’ve spoken to our friends across the pond and they’ve recommended these as the best vegan chicken brands in the US:

1. Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini


We don’t have this one in the UK unfortunately, as it’s an American meat alternative brand (available to buy from Walmart, Safeway, and Amazon Fresh), but it looks amazing…let us know your thoughts if you’ve tried it!

Made from: soy protein (gluten-free)

2. Tofurky's Plant-Based Lightly Seasoned Chick'n

Tofurky can be found in Whole Foods and other popular stores across the US.

 In addition to the lightly seasoned, they also make Thai basil, sesame garlic, and barbecue flavoured chicken alternatives.

Made from: wheat & soy protein and tofu (more soy)

3. Quorn's Meatless Pieces

Quorn’s vegan chicken is available in the US too!

Watch out though, as some of their products contain egg.

Made from: mycoprotein, pea fiber, and wheat protein (soy-free and non-GMO)

4. Daring's Breaded Chicken Pieces

Wok, sauté, or fry these bad boys and add your favourite sauce or seasoning for a great meat alternative.

Daring products are palm-oil free and available to buy at Costco, Sprouts, Foxtrot, Erewhon, and many more US stores. Grab yourself a bag of their non-breaded products for gluten-free options.

Made from: soy protein

DIY Vegan Chicken Recipes

  1. Easy Seitan Chicken – Chick Wheat Style
  2. Easy Seitan Chicken – Chunkier Style
  3. Vegan KFC Tofu Fried ‘Chicken’
  4. Fried Oyster Mushroom Chick’n
  5. Vegan Chicken Nuggets (Free From Soy, Gluten, and Nuts)

Want to cook your own meat alternatives? Nowadays, you can make plant-based chicken out of pretty much anything and the great news is, there are plenty of soy- and gluten-free options. From mushrooms to vital wheat gluten and good old tofu, here are our favourite recipes to try at home:

1. Easy Seitan Chicken - Chick Wheat Style

Vital wheat gluten (seitan) is the secret to the shredded texture of this vegan alternative to chicken. Seitan recipes can be long and bothersome but this one is relatively simple to make and really tasty!

2. Easy Seitan Chicken - Chunkier Style

More delicious seitan. You can eat this one in thick cuts, thin slices, or chunks.

3. Vegan KFC Tofu Fried ‘Chicken’

Want to learn how to turn the humble tofu into the crispiest, tastiest, vegan fried chicken?

You’re welcome 😉

4. Fried Oyster Mushroom Chick’n

Anyone who knows me knows that I love mushrooms. I’m a bit obsessed with them actually and deep-fried mushroom chicken is the ultimate comfort food.

5. Vegan Chicken Nuggets (Free From Soy, Gluten, and Nuts)

These nuggets are super inclusive! And you can even use an air fryer to cook them oil-free.

Other Chicken Alternatives

Whether you’re looking for something a little less processed or you simply want to add more variety to your diet, here’s a list of ingredients commonly substituted for chicken:

    1. Tofu
    2. Tempeh
    3. Jackfruit
    4. Soy Curls
    5. Chickpeas
    6. Cauliflower
    7. Seitan

Plant-Based Chicken FAQs

All of those questions you’re clucking to ask? We answer them here:

What is vegan chicken made of?

We’re spoilt for choice with chicken alternatives. Nowadays, vegan substitutes can be made with anything from seitan (vital wheat gluten) to pea fibre, fresh tofu, dehydrated soy, jackfruit, potato starch, and even mushrooms. The majority of commercial products are made using soy or wheat but more and more brands have started to use pea protein.

Does vegan chicken taste like chicken?

We honestly think that some brands taste even better than the real thing. For example, THIS™ have fooled plenty of meat-eaters into thinking they are eating meat – watch the video below to see their PR stunt!

What can I replace chicken with for protein?

There are so many alternative protein sources out there and each one comes with an array of different benefits. We would recommend eating a variety of protein sources to make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need. For example, you could replace chicken with tempeh, tofu, chickpeas, soy curls, or a product with a high protein content (e.g. THIS™).

n.b. We are not nutritionists so always consult a trained professional or your doctor before making any dietary changes.

But what about bacon?

Discover the scrummiest vegan bacon alternatives here:

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