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Crispy Tofu Chicken shown with bbq sauce sprinkled with green onions

Crispy Tofu Chicken

This Crispy Tofu Chicken recipe is the perfect fried chicken dupe. Use it as a base to re-create your favorite chicken recipes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Tofu
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 33 kcal
Author Megan Kerry


Ingredient check:

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

For BBQ Tofu

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

For Asian Sesame Tofu

  • 1 tsp anise or fennel seed
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger or 1 tsp dry powdered ginger
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil **optional


  1. Place a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Alternatively, plug in a large, family sized electric grill.

  2. Break tofu into 1/2 inch to 1 inch pieces. The more rough the edges there are the better the texture will be and the closer the tofu will resemble chicken.

  3. Add tofu pieces to the hot pan and dry fry it. You do not need to add water. It is incredibly important to make sure there is enough room in the pan for the tofu to "breathe". If the tofu is sitting on top of each other you will not get the crispy result.

  4. Sprinkle the tofu with the garlic and onion pwder and cook for 5 minutes before turning.

  5. Don't be too quick to turn your tofu. You want it to develop a beautiful browned crust before turning.

  6. Continue to cook the tofu, stiring every 5-7 minutes until it has browned on all sides. You may need to turn the heat down to prevent burning.

For BBQ Tofu

  1. Sprinkle the base tofu chicken with smoked paprika

  2. Add 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and stir.

  3. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, until the sauce has caramelized

For Asian Sesame Tofu

  1. Sprinkle the Tofu Chicken with anise or fennel seeds.

  2. Add the fresh grated ginger and stir.

  3. Top with the teriyaki sauce and stir to combine.

  4. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, until the sauce has caramelized.

  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve and top with a touch of sesame oil for flavor (if using).

Recipe Notes

***Calorie and nutritional information is an estimate only. It has been calculated for the based tofu recipe only.