Make “Chicken” Using Flour and Water

This food hack is one of the easiest ways to make a meat substitute for vegetarian or vegan meals. It’s also a great alternative for those who are allergic to soy. Using just flour and water, you’ll be able to make a seitan that looks like chicken meat. The effort it takes to make it is definitely worth it.

What is Seitan?

Seitan (pronounced say-tan) has been around for decades and is a common meat substitute for Buddhists. But it was not until recently that the 2-ingredient chicken replacement went viral online, thanks to a Tiktok video made by a user called Future Lettuce. By washing the starch out of the dough, the wheat gluten becomes a high-protein source that’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly.

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What ingredients do you need?

Aside from flour and water, you’ll want to add seasonings to your seitan. All-purpose flour or bread flour works best because of the amount of gluten in it. Adding some onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, dried herbs, and chicken-flavored broth will make the dish even more flavorful.

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How to Make Washed Flour Seitan?

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and water.
  2. Knead until it’s smooth and forms into a ball. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water. Conversely, sprinkle some dough if it’s too sticky.
  3. Cover and let it rest for an hour.
  4. Knead underwater. Continue the process until you’re left with clear-ish, but not clear, water.
  5. Add your seasoning of choice and let it rest, uncovered, for another hour.
  6. Twist and tie it as much as you can. This will create the “shredded chicken” texture.
  7. Fry the wheat gluten until it’s golden brown on both sides.
  8. Then add veggie stock and simmer for 45  minutes.
  9. Shred and enjoy

The recipe is actually easy to follow, just time-consuming so a lot of patience is needed. And, no animals were harmed in the process.

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