Vegetarian Chinese Mandarin Chicken

Vegetarian chinese mandarin chicken

Feel free to use real chicken, but this vegetarian version is indistinguishable from the real thing! The battered and fried meat is crucial in the recipe. Not only does it provide a crispy texture, but it's also a medium that soaks up the delicious sauce. You can even marinate the meat in the sauce, but I think it's easier to batter the meat when it's drier. Either way, this is a quick and easy dish to serve on a busy week night.



¼ cup (62g) orange juice
1 tsp (6g) orange zest
3 tbsps (18g) soy sauce
1 tsp (4g) sugar
2 tbsps (12g) vinegar
2 cloves (10g) garlic, finely minced 1 minute
1 tbsp (12g) ginger, freshly grated 1 minute
½ tsp (3g) white pepper, freshly ground
1 tsp (4g) sesame seeds
1 tbsp (14g) sesame oil
1 tsp (6g) all-purpose flour

Chicken and Garnish

1 cup (135g) vegetarian chicken meat
1 (50g) egg, lightly beaten
¼ cup (30g) all-purpose flour
¼ cup (15g) scallion, chopped 1 minute


  1. Preheat the oven to 200F degrees. In a frying pan, heat on medium high heat an inch of peanut or canola oil.
  2. If the vegetarian chicken meat isn't already in bite sized chucks, cut them into the desired size. 1 minute
  3. Dredge each piece of chicken through flour, then egg, then flour. Set aside until all pieces are well covered and ready to fry. 1 minute
  4. Fry both sides of the chicken chunks until golden brown. Place on a baking pan and keep warm in the preheated oven. You'll now make the sauce. 5 minutes
  5. In a saucepan on medium heat, heat up the sesame oil. 1 minute
  6. While the oil is heating, combine the orange juice, zest, soy sauce, vinegar together and stir thoroughly. 1 minute
  7. Saute the garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds until you can smell their fragrances in the air. 2 minutes
  8. Add the flour and stir until a paste forms. 1 minute
  9. Gradually add the sauce mixture and stir constantly to prevent any lumps of dough from forming. 1 minute
  10. If necessary, reduce the sauce to your desired consistency. It should be a thick and viscous sauce that will cling onto the fried chicken. 1 minute
  11. Once the sauce is ready, toss the fried chicken in the sauce, coating each piece thoroughly. 1 minute
  12. Serve hot with rice and garnish with chopped scallions.
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