The burning question of "Will it Vegan?" (#WillitVegan) is applied to the well known and often sought after KFC Nashville Hot Chicken in this video. This is the first video in Candice's new "Will it Vegan?" segment that will feature a new vegan recipe every Monday.
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Since chicken isn't an option for vegans many of them turn to cauliflower, which surprisingly makes for an excellent substitution. Candice has chosen cauliflower for her KFC Nashville Hot Chicken recipe so be sure you have some top notch cauliflower on hand. Once you have found the perfect head of cauliflower you are going to section out some florets. The shape is completely up to you. You could go with a more classic drumstick style, a larger breast sized piece, or ever a thinner, longer wing shape. Keep the pieces a bit on the bigger side though as they will shrink a bit during the cooking process.
After you've sectioned up your cauliflower it's time to create a brine marinade to give your cauliflower a little punch. In a bowl or large measuring cup, as seen in the video, combine soy milk, Louisiana hot sauce and salt and pepper. Whisk this all together well. Next put your florets into a large freezer bag, preferably one that you are reusing, and pour your brine marinade in. Seal it up and massage the marinade into the florets being sure to get an even coating. Let it marinade in your mixture for a minimum of two hours, if possible Candice recommends letting it sit overnight.
Once properly marinated place your florets on a baking sheet and put them in the oven on 425' for about 40 minutes, be sure to give them a flip about half way through. Save your leftover marinade as you will need it for the next step. While your cauliflower is baking it's time to get together your egg wash mixture. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine your leftover marinade, soy milk, apple cider vinegar, two eggs worth of egg replacer, and hot sauce. Whisk this all together as well.
Next up is the creation of your seasoning flour. In another medium sized mixing bowl combine your choice of flour, regular salt, chili powder, garlic salt, paprika, celery salt, dried sage, garlic powder, all spice, oregano, basil, marjoram, and finally onion salt. In case you weren't counting that was a grand total of 11 spices, not including the salt which is just a given in any seasoning flour recipe. These 11 spices are the secret spices that make the KFC Nashville Hot Chicken recipe special. These are also the very same spices that KFC has been using in their seasoning flour since they started frying chicken. Secret Recipe? Not anymore.
Put all of your cauliflower into the seasoning flour and mix it up thoroughly, make sure you get a good solid coating of flour on each floret. This is crucial to the frying process. After you have coated them in seasoning flour drop them into your egg wash and repeat the same process. Then, finally, they go back into the seasoning flour for one last coating. What you are doing here is building up your breading one layer at a time. This method will yield a delicious crunchy, crispy breading the truly emulates the KFC style in every way.
Now it's time to fry your Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken pieces. If you are fortunate enough to have a deep fryer on hand that is definitely the recommended way to go. If you are trying to get that authentic KFC flavor then you need to keep in mind they are using deep fryers to make their chicken. If you are deep frying about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes in the basket should do it. Just be sure to not overcook them. If you are pan frying cook them for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
Lastly, you need to create your Nashville Hot Chicken sauce. In a small bowl combine oil, cayenne, brown sugar, paprika, and garlic powder. Whisk that all together and put it in a saucepan on the stove. Cook it on medium heat for about 15 minutes making sure it does not boil at any time. Once cooked drizzle it over your vegan chicken creation and toss it to get an even coating. Now plate it up and don't forget to add a slice of pickle.
There you have it. KFC Nashville Hot Chicken Vegan style thanks to Candice and a little help from the world wide web.
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