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How To Make Air Fryer Vegan Fried Chicken


Choosing a vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean having to give up your favorite comfort foods- including fried chicken! Here’s an air fryer vegan fried chicken that will satisfy that craving while also still being healthier for you. 

You may not have been expecting healthy and fried chicken in the same sentence, but it really is possible. By utilizing oyster mushrooms as the base and cooking them with an air fryer, this recipe is going to give you amazing crunch and flavor without the extra fat or calories.

What Is Vegan Chicken Made Of?


Vegan fried chicken can actually be made of many things! Other recipes use seitan (otherwise known as wheat gluten), tofu, or plant-based faux meats.




This particular recipe utilizes mushrooms because the grooves of the mushroom are great for soaking in all the flavors of the spices while providing proper tear-away texture and juiciness.


Mushrooms are also full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals such as B6, iron, and potassium while being low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

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How To Make Vegan Fried Chicken


There are a few factors that go into making this as tasty as possible! 

  • The grocery store may carry oyster mushrooms or king oyster mushrooms. Ensure that you’re getting regular oyster mushrooms as king oyster mushrooms have a large stalk and won’t provide the proper texture.  
  • There are three parts to the ingredients- creating a dry batter, a wet batter, and a vegan buttermilk. 
  • When creating the vegan buttermilk, the milk has to sit for at least five minutes in order for the mixture to curdle.
  • Allow for the mushrooms to marinate in the buttermilk for 15 minutes so more flavor can soak in.
  • When air frying, give some space between each mushroom in one layer so that each mushroom can get crispy. 

For even more ways to utilize this recipe, you could make it as a base for a vegan fried chicken sandwich or even dipped in some of your favorite sauces. However, this recipe is amazing on its own, as well. 

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Recipe below was inspired by Live Eat Learn for directions and the spices and ingredients were taken from Live Eat Learn and The Edgy Veg

Air Fryer Vegan Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Vegan Fried Chicken

Yield: 4-6
prep time: 15 M cook time: 30 M total time: 45 M


  • 2 heaping cups of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard powder
  • 4 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 cup plain soy milk (or your favorite plant-based milk) - For Wet Batter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar) - For Wet Batter
  • 1 tbsp oil (or cooking spray) - For Wet Batter


How To Make Air Fryer Chicken

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F
  2. Clean the mushrooms by washing and drying them thoroughly
  3. Create a wet batter by combining the lemon juice and soy milk to create a vegan buttermilk
  4. Set aside for five minutes to allow the mixture to curdle before tossing in the mushrooms
  5. Marinate this mixture for fifteen minutes
  6. Make your dry batter by combining all the spices and flour in a large bowl
  7. Put the mushrooms on a plate and dip them into the flour mixture. Shake off the excess
  8. Redip in the buttermilk and then in the flour mixture once more
  9. Brush the bottom of the air fryer lightly with oil (Or spray with cooking oil)
  10. Place the mushrooms into the air fryer in a single layer with space in between each mushroom
  11. Cook them for five minutes before turning them over and brushing them lightly with oil before cooking for another 5-10 minutes
  12. Check when they turn crispy and golden brown
  13. Remove from the air fryer to cool down slightly and enjoy while hot!
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