Restaurant-Style Vegan Chicken Parmesan

The BEST vegan chicken parmesan we've ever tasted! You won't believe these cutlets are made with tofu after you're done with them, and that peppery breading really knocks it outta the park. Gluten-free option, and the cutlets are freezer-friendly! // plantpowercouple.com

This is the BEST vegan chicken parmesan recipe! Make your own vegan chicken cutlets with frozen and thawed tofu, marinate them in a garlic and chickeny flavor bath, then bread and bake them with a peppery crust. Melt some dairy free mozzarella on top and serve it over pasta or as a vegan chicken parm sandwich with plenty of marinara! 


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When my brother and I were kids, we were super picky eaters. So much so that for a long time, whenever our parents would take us out to eat, the only two things we ever ordered were chicken nuggets or pasta with butter sauce. We were a little ridiculous.

So, when I first ventured into the unknown world of the adult menu, it should come as no surprise I chose and fell in love with the classic chicken parm. Because this is the logical next step, yes? 😋

From that point on, chicken parm was my dish. I loved everything about it: The crispy breaded chicken that was full of pepper-y parmesan flavor POW, the melty gooey mozzarella, the mountain of pasta it lied atop. My mouth legit waters when I think about it.

Veganized Chicken Parmesan

Obviously, these days, I like to practice a more “hug it, not nugget” relationship with those sweet little chickens (and interestingly enough, my brother does too), so I knew I eventually had to create a killer version of my favorite childhood restaurant order.

I’ve tried a few different recipes for vegan chicken parmesan over the past 4 years. All were good, but none were truly great. None of them took me back to that table surrounded by family, digging into my favorite comfort food.

There is a chicken parm sandwich our favorite vegan pizza shop, Blackbird Pizzeria, makes that comes damn close (legit – I have dreams about this sandwich), but I haven’t found a recipe that 100% hit the nail on the head…until now, that is. 😎

Friends, allow me to introduce you to our restaurant-style vegan chicken parmesan recipe, made with TOFU!

Okay, okay, I know how oh so typically “vegan” it sounds, but please believe me when I say this is not an ordinary tofu recipe. We have a few tricks up our sleeve to make the most tender, meaty, flavor-filled tofu you’ll ever taste, thanks to The Tofu Freezer Trick.

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The BEST vegan chicken parmesan we've ever tasted! You won't believe these cutlets are made with tofu after you're done with them, and that peppery breading really knocks it outta the park. Gluten-free option, and the cutlets are freezer-friendly! // plantpowercouple.com

How To Make This Vegan Chicken Parmesan

  1. Freeze, thaw, and press your tofu! If you’ve frozen tofu before, you know what a kickass texture it takes on after being thawed. So meaty! We call this method the Tofu Freezer Trick
  2. Slice + marinate! We used a hefty dose of our vegan chicken bouillon recipe in the marinade to really get that nostalgic flavor going.
  3. Bread + bake! I love this part, mostly because it means I’ll be eating vegan chicken parmesan soon. 😋 We use a mix of breadcrumbs and our cheesy garlic butter blend here, which is the secret WOW factor that makes the breading so reminiscent of that pepper-y restaurant-style chicken parm.
  4. And finally, top with vegan mozzarella and get it all melty under the broiler for a few minutes. You can use any vegan mozzarella – store-bought or homemade – you like. We used some of our marinated vegan mozzarella balls, which worked so beautifully.
  5. Lay it atop a mountain of saucy pasta, pour yourself a glass of sangiovese, and dig in!

This is the BEST vegan chicken parmesan recipe! And we do NOT say that lightly; EVERYONE will love this stuff. Make your own homemade chicken cutlets with frozen and thawed tofu, marinate them in a garlic and chickeny flavor bath, then bread and bake them with a peppery crust that will 100% take you back to those big plates of chicken parm you ate growing up. Melt some vegan mozzarella on top and serve it over pasta or as a vegan chicken parm sandwich with plenty of marinara! The tofu cutlets can be frozen for later too!

This is the BEST vegan chicken parmesan recipe! And we do NOT say that lightly; EVERYONE will love this stuff. Make your own homemade chicken cutlets with frozen and thawed tofu, marinate them in a garlic and chickeny flavor bath, then bread and bake them with a peppery crust that will 100% take you back to those big plates of chicken parm you ate growing up. Melt some vegan mozzarella on top and serve it over pasta or as a vegan chicken parm sandwich with plenty of marinara! The tofu cutlets can be frozen for later too!

And wait, there’s more: The tofu cutlets freeze so well, friends! Just bread, bake, let ’em cool, and freeze. I have so much nerdy excitement for the freeze-ablitiy of this recipe!! 🤣

The BEST vegan chicken parmesan we've ever tasted! You won't believe these cutlets are made with tofu after you're done with them, and that peppery breading really knocks it outta the park. Gluten-free option, and the cutlets are freezer-friendly! // plantpowercouple.com

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And I’m not the only one who has fallen head over heels for this vegan chicken parmesan: When T first tried it the other night, he looked at me and said, “You know, I used to love chicken parm too, and this is definitely among the best I’ve ever had.”

I happen to agree. 😁

I can’t wait to make this vegan chicken parmesan for my family and basically every single person I’ve ever known! 😄

If and when you give it a try too, let us know about it! Leave a comment and rate the recipe below or tag us in your mouthwatering photos on Instagram. We’re @theplantpowercouple with the “the”.

Enjoy the hell out of this, friends!

And side note: If you dig chicken parm as much as we do, check out our Vegan Chicken Parm Pizza recipe too!

Yield: 8 cutlets

Serving Size: 2 cutlets

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Restaurant-Style Vegan Chicken Parmesan

This is the BEST vegan chicken parmesan recipe! Make your own vegan chicken cutlets with frozen and thawed tofu, marinate them in a garlic and chickeny flavor bath, then bread and bake them with a peppery crust that will 100% take you back to those big plates of chicken parm you ate growing up. Melt some dairy free mozzarella on top and serve it over pasta or as a vegan chicken parm sandwich with plenty of marinara!

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  1. PREP THE TOFU: Place the package of tofu in the freezer overnight or until frozen through. In the morning, take it out of the freezer and place it in the fridge or on the counter to thaw. When the tofu is thawed (about 8 hours), squeeze the tofu gently over the sink to expel excess liquid and press it as you normally would. It should be pretty sturdy and spongey, but still handle with care, so you don't break the tofu.
  2. MARINATE THE TOFU: Next, slice your tofu into 8 equal "cutlets" and mix all the ingredients for your marinade in a small bowl with a whisk. Pour the marinade over the tofu slices and cover. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. BREAD THE TOFU: When you're ready to make the cutlets, turn your oven to 350F and grab a large baking sheet. Get out two shallow bowls or pie plates. To one, add the starch. To the other, add the bread crumbs and cheesy garlic butter blend and mix with a whisk. Dip each tofu cutlet in the starch, then back in the marinade, then in the bread crumb mixture. Be sure to coat the cutlet completely during each phase.
  4. BAKE THE TOFU: Place your cutlets on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flip each one carefully, and bake another 20 minutes. If you're freezing the cutlets, stop here, let them cool, and freeze. Otherwise, continue.
  5. MELT THE CHEESE: Top each cutlet with a slice of vegan mozzarella. Turn on your broiler and broil for about 5 minutes or until the mozzarella is all melty and beautiful.
  6. SERVE: Serve these cutlets on top of a mountain of pasta or a long hoagie roll with marinara sauce and cheesy garlic blend !
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The BEST vegan chicken parmesan we've ever tasted! You won't believe these cutlets are made with tofu after you're done with them, and that peppery breading really knocks it outta the park. Gluten-free option, and the cutlets are freezer-friendly! // plantpowercouple.com

23 thoughts on “Restaurant-Style Vegan Chicken Parmesan

  1. This recipe is utterly delicious. Thank you so much. I am a new vegan and my husband is half-way there. This was the best dinner we've had so far. We are looking forward to checking out your other recipes. I LOVE the bouillon too. :D
    1. Hi, Susan! This comment totally made our day. We're THRILLED to hear how much you love the recipe! It's one of our all-time favorites. :) And congratulations on going vegan; what an exciting time!!
  2. This recipe is so wonderful I have no words. You have returned a major comfort food back into my life. I now always have a pressed block of tofu in the freezer so I am always ready to make this without having to wait until tomorrow :D I would rate this 10 stars if I could. Thanks so much!
  3. We aren’t vegan, but we do try to eat meatless 1-2 times a week. This chicken parm was amazing! We will definitely be adding it to our rotation of meatless meals. Thanks for a great recipe :)
  4. I have never commented on a recipe in my life, but THIS. The freezing of the tofu was a game changer. When my husband took his first bite...well..lets just say the very explicit words he used were a gigantic compliment! 😂 so I thought I would let people kmow..they NEED to try this 😋 Will be making this over and over again, and cannot wait to play with that tofu texture for other recipes. Thank you!!
  5. I made this recipe for my daughter and her boyfriend, who is vegan. They both absolutely loved it! The flavor and texture were just like actual chicken parm! Thank you, this will become a regular dish when they are home from college on semester break!
  6. This was the best thing I ever made out of tofu! I had meat eaters so I made them regular chicken. They all tasted this recipe and could not tell the difference. Actually I like mind better flavorful and Juicy. This will be a main staple at my dinner table!
        1. In all honesty, Thomas, we haven't used it in this recipe. As I said, it's less common where we live. I'd still freeze and press it, if it were me...for science. Sorry I can't be more direct in an answer.
  7. I did it the same way as directed in the recipe and it was wonderful! By far the best tofu recipe I have ever made, I could barely tell it was tofu, it tasted so much like chicken and that cheesy butter blend in the breading just perfected the flavors. Thank you guys so much, I will be making this recipe many more times!

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