Pepper Recipe Series: Buffalo Tempeh Tenders by Chef Leanne Castelli

Via Leanne Castelli

Looking for a plant-based alternative to chicken tenders?

Tempeh is a must try. Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and is a great source of protein. It contains a handful of important minerals and vitamins as well. Tempeh has a different, nutty-type flavor but does an awesome job of absorbing the flavor of any sauce or marinade added to it.

That being said, let’s make some buffalo tempeh tenders!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favorite buffalo sauce
  • Tempeh
  • Flax egg
  • Panko breadcrumbs

Here’s how to prep:

  1. Cut the tempeh into the length and width you desire.
  2. Put the tempeh tenders in a plastic bag along with your hot sauce, let it marinate for 30–60 minutes.
  3. Once the marinating is done, make the flax egg → 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds + 2 ½ tablespoons of warm water in a bowl. Mix gently and let it sit for a few minutes. It will turn into a yolky consistency.
  4. While you let the flax do its thing, get your Panko crumbs out and put them on a plate. Depending on my mood, sometimes I throw the breadcrumbs in a blender for a few seconds to give it a finer texture. (I also like to add garlic powder to my breadcrumbs!)
  5. Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 375 degrees and get an oven pan ready.

Here’s how to make:

  1. Dunk a tender in the flax egg wash, making sure it’s as evenly coated as you can get it.
  2. Transfer the tender onto the plate with breadcrumbs and evenly coat it again.
  3. Place it on your pan and repeat with the rest of the tenders.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes.
  5. Once they’re out of the oven, brush on some more buffalo sauce and you’re ready to munch.

Enjoy this delicious finger food with some vegan ranch and fries!

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