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Fried Oyster Mushrooms (Vegan Fried Chicken)

You will definitely love this Fried Oyster Mushrooms (Vegan Fried Chicken) recipe! It’s so irresistible and finger licking tasty!🤩 

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Crispy and flaky on the outside crust, and tender and juicy on the inside—This vegan fried chicken is highly addictive! 

This is my KFC copycat recipe- oyster mushrooms dipped in vegan butter milk then dusted with a spiced coating mix. Deep fried oyster mushrooms are juicy and tender, with a gorgeous golden brown crust. I’m not gonna lie. You won’t believe plant-based chicken can be this delicious! They’re even better than the real thing.

The awesome part is that this vegan fried chicken recipe is gluten-free and soy-free. You would be amazed how easily you can make them at home.

Here are more fried vegan food you would like: Puffed Tofu, Vegan Spring Rolls, Vegan fish fingers, Panko Tofu Steak.

Vegan Oyster Mushroom Fried Chicken

a basket of fried oyster mushrooms (vegan fried chicken)

We use golden oyster mushrooms as our meat substitute. Oyster mushrooms have a very velvety and juicy texture after being cooked. This makes oyster mushrooms a popular meat replacement among vegans and vegetarians.

In terms of the cooking process, it is similar to Kentucky/Southern Fried Chicken. First, dipping oyster mushrooms in our homemade dairy free butter milk, then breading them in rice flour, corn flour, spices with crushed corn flakes (which make our vegan fried chicken extra crispy!) The end result is absolutely stunning! Even your non-vegan friends will raise their white flags and clamor for more!😆

a basket of fried oyster mushrooms (vegan fried chicken)
Oyster mushrooms makes them look like vegan chicken wings.

Recipe for fried oyster mushrooms (Vegan Fried Chicken)

a bowl of fresh oyster mushrooms
  • Oyster Mushrooms- You can buy them at a cheaper price from most Asian markets. In terms of the color, golden, pink, or blue oyster mushrooms will all work for this recipe.

How to Make Vegan Butter Milk

It’s very easy to make your own dairy-free/lactose-free buttermilk at home, simply by adding vinegar or lemon juice to your plant-based milk. It only takes two minutes, and you’re all set!

ingredients for vegan butter milk
  • Plant-Based Milk – you can use soy, oat, cashew, or almond milk…etc. Most unfavored plant-based milks with high levels of protein are suitable except coconut milk. (coconut milk doesn’t curdle).
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – you can also use distilled white vinegar or lemon juice, they all work equally well. It only takes a small amount to curdle and thicken our plant-based milk.

Vegan Gluten Free KFC Coating

ingredients for kfc batter
  • Rice flour+ Corn Flourthis gluten free combination of rice flour and corn flour makes our mushroom batter extra crispy.
  • Corn Flakes- unsweetened corn flakes. Put them in a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin or a bottle to slightly crush them into smaller pieces. Corn flakes make the outer crust of fried oyster mushroom extra crispy and flaky.
  • To season our batter mix, we can use vegan no chicken bouillon or vegetarian bouillon powder.
  • Spices & Herbs- Paprika, mixed herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, ginger powder, ground black pepper.

How to Make Fried Oyster Mushrooms

how to make fried oyster mushrooms (vegan fried chicken)
  1. In a large mixing bowl, place rice flour, corn flour along with paprika, mixed herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger, ground black pepper, and vegetable bouillon powder.
  2. Seal the zip lock bag with the cornflakes inside. Use a rolling pin or a bottle to slightly crush corn flakes into smaller pieces.
  3. Add crushed corn flakes to the dry batter mixture and mix everything together. Set aside.
  4. Place plant-based milk in another large mixing bowl and add apple cider vinegar and vegetable bouillon powder. Mix well then set aside.
  5. Clean oyster mushrooms if needed (use wet kitchen paper towels to wipe the surface). Separate them individually by hand.
  6. Heat oil to 370° F /187° C (you can use a deep fryer or in a heavy-bottomed pot). The way to test if the oil is hot enough is when you stick the end of a wooden spoon or chopstick into the oil. If you see many bubbles form around the wood and they start to float up, your oil is ready for frying. If it is bubbling hard, that means the oil is way too hot; turn the heat down and let the temperature drop a bit. Or alternatively, you can use a temperature probe.
  7. Dip the mushrooms into vegan butter milk and then into the dry batter mixture. Gently press the dry mixture onto the mushrooms to ensure they are coated well. If you’re fast enough, you can drop them into the hot oil one by one while breading them. Alternatively, you can finish the breading before deep frying.
  8. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook them in batches, give them room to float around. Deep frying the breaded mushrooms for about 3 minutes until they become golden brown (you can feel the surface become crusty and crunchy when you use a tong to grab them). Remove them with a kitchen tong and place them on kitchen paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Repeat until all the mushrooms are cooked. Serve hot with dipping sauces(vegan mayo, vegan aioli, Lemongrass sauce, or vegan spicy mayo) and enjoy.
how to make fried oyster mushrooms (vegan fried chicken) with vegan aioli

Serve hot with dipping sauces like vegan mayo, vegan aioli, Lemongrass sauce, or vegan spicy mayo.

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Have you tried these KFC fried oyster mushroom chicken? Hope you like this recipe! 😘 

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Fried Oyster Mushrooms (Vegan Fried Chicken)

You will definitely love this Fried Oyster Mushrooms (Vegan Fried Chicken) recipe! It’s so irresistible and finger licking tasty!🤩 
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 452kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Oyster Mushrooms approx. 350 grams

Vegan Butter Milk

Vegan KFC Dry Batter

Frying

  • Cooking Oil for frying (Note2)

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, place rice flour, corn flour along with paprika, mixed herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger, ground black pepper, and vegetable bouillon powder.
  • Seal the zip lock bag with the cornflakes inside. Use a rolling pin or a bottle to slightly crush corn flakes into smaller pieces.
  • Add crushed corn flakes to the dry batter mixture and mix everything together. Set aside.
  • Place plant-based milk in another large mixing bowl and add apple cider vinegar and vegetable bouillon powder. Mix well then set aside.
  • Clean oyster mushrooms if needed (use wet kitchen paper towels to wipe the surface). Separate them individually by hand.
  • Heat oil to 370° F /187° C (you can use a deep fryer or in a heavy-bottomed pot). The way to test if the oil is hot enough is when you stick the end of a wooden spoon or chopstick into the oil. If you see many bubbles form around the wood and they start to float up, your oil is ready for frying. If it is bubbling hard, that means the oil is way too hot; turn the heat down and let the temperature drop a bit. Or alternatively, you can use a temperature probe.
  • Dip the mushrooms into vegan butter milk and then into the dry batter mixture. Gently press the dry mixture onto the mushrooms to ensure they are coated well. If you’re fast enough, you can drop them into the hot oil one by one while breading them. Alternatively, you can finish the breading before deep frying.
  • Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook them in batches, give them room to float around. Deep frying the breaded mushrooms for about 3 minutes until they become golden brown (you can feel the surface become crusty and crunchy when you use a tong to grab them). Remove them with a tong and place them on kitchen paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Repeat until all the mushrooms are cooked. Serve hot with dipping sauces(vegan mayo, vegan aioli, Lemongrass sauce, or vegan spicy mayo) and enjoy.

Notes

(Note1)- you can use soy, oat, cashew, or almond milk. Most unfavored plant-based milks with high levels of protein are suitable except coconut milk. (coconut milk doesn’t curdle).
(Note2)- Choose an oil with a high smoke point such as vegetable oil, peanut oil, avocado oil, or grape seed oil…etc. (I always use grape seed oil)

Nutrition

Serving: 1people | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 1842mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 8mg

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4 thoughts on “Fried Oyster Mushrooms (Vegan Fried Chicken)”

  1. 5 stars
    Hi,

    I really like most of your recipes.

    But for this fried mushrooms, I have no idea what to do with the oil after deep frying (it seems like wasteful because it can’t be reused)

    Do you have any suggestions? Like air fry or bake?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Sara,

      Unfortunately, you won’t get the crispy texture from cooking in the air fryer or oven.

      You can try shallow-frying, it will work for this recipe.
      Use less oil and a small pan, cook them in batches.

      Hope this helps.

      Shu-Chun xx

      Reply

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