Baked Cauliflower makes the perfect replacement for ‘Chicken’ in this popular Asian Recipe. With a sweet and sticky sauce that’s bursting with flavor, this savory Vegan Sesame Chicken will be sure to be a brand new favorite!
I was out shopping with my wife several weeks ago, and we walked past one of those Asian Buffet Restaurants – the “All You Can Eat” ones……. And there, taped to the front window was a menu showcasing some of their more popular recipes.
Wait a minute… Sesame Chicken? Could there be a Vegan Sesame Chicken in the future?
Now why haven’t I converted that recipe yet? It’s another one of my wife’s favorite take-out meals! So I snapped a photo of the menu with my trusty Smartphone so I wouldn’t forget…..and …..
Immediately forgot about it.
Yeah… that happens more times than I care to admit. Shush….
But obviously….. I remembered that photo this weekend because, well – HERE is the new recipe. Better late than never…..right? MY version of Vegan Sesame Chicken, and according to my wife and daughter….. it’s another keeper.
Vegan Sesame Chicken
The sauce for this recipe is what makes it so good. It’s just sweet and sticky enough to remind us of Sesame Chicken, without all the refined sugar commonly used in restaurants. And just a tablespoon or two of Tahini will add that yummy Sesame Flavor without adding a ton of oil.
In a small saucepan, mix ¾ cup of Veggie Broth, 1 Tbs Rice Wine Vinegar, 3 Tbs Molasses, 2 Tbs Soy Sauce, and 1 Tbs Tahini. Stir in ½ tsp Garlic Powder, ¼ tsp Ground Ginger, and 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Seeds as well. Stir until bubbly. Make a slurry of 1 Tbs Corn Starch and 1 Tbs Hot Water and stir this into the sauce to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat your oven to 450 ° F. Clean and chop a small head of Cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
To make your batter, mix 1 cup flour, 2 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Seeds, and ¼ tsp Salt and ¼ Pepper. Stir another tablespoon of Tahini into 1 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk, and pour into the flour mixture to make a thick batter.
Whisk well to mix all the ingredients and then one by one, dip your Cauliflower pieces into the batter to coat. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
At this point, how you assembly your dish is up to you….. I mixed the ‘chicken’ and the sauce together in my big wok so that everything was well coated, but that’s another pan to clean.
I suppose you could also arrange the cauliflower on your plate and just spoon the sauce over the top. Your choice.
Serve over White or Brown Rice and garnish with chopped Green Onions and additional Sesame Seeds if desired. This dish goes great with a side of steamed Broccoli.
As always – let me know what you think. I LOVE the comments so keep them coning.
- 1 small Cauliflower, broken into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
- 1 Tbs Toasted Sesame Seeds
- 1 Tbs Tahini
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 3/4 cup Vegetable Broth (low sodium)
- 2 Tbs Molasses
- 2 Tbs Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbs Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tbs Tahini (or a few drops of Sesame Oil)
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 Tbs Corn Starch
- 1 Tbs Hot Water
- 2-3 Green Onions for Garnish
In a small saucepan, combine all the Sauce Ingredients
Stir well until mixed thoroughly and heat until bubbly
Whisk Corn Starch and Hot Water together and stir into sauce to thicken
Preheat Oven to 450 Deg F
Clean and chop Cauliflower into uniform bite-sized pieces
Mix remaining 'Chicken' Ingredients together to make a thick batter
Dip Cauliflower into batter to coat
Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet for 20-30 minutes
Mix baked Cauliflower Pieces with Sauce and serve
Serve over White or Brown Rice
Goes great with steamed Broccoli
Garnish with Green Onions and additional Sesame Seeds