Tasty Vegan Chicken Parm Recipe- A Crunchy And Cheesy Fusion!

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A vegan twist on the classic, this dish features a succulent plant-based chicken cutlet lovingly coated in crispy breadcrumbs. Smothered in a rich, tangy tomato sauce and crowned with a generous sprinkle of melty vegan cheese, it’s baked to golden perfection. This Vegan Chicken Parm Recipe offers a delightful fusion of textures and flavors, a testament to culinary innovation.


  • Utilizes accessible ingredients like breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast for a crunchy exterior and cheesy flavor.
  • Homemade tomato sauce ensures freshness and allows the customization of spices.
  • Plant-based chicken offers a high-protein, ethical alternative to traditional meat.
  • This recipe provides a satisfying comfort food experience without any animal products.
  • Perfect for both vegans and those looking to reduce meat consumption, it’s a crowd-pleaser.

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Finding a delicious, plant-based alternative to classic comfort foods can feel daunting. Many of us crave the flavors and textures of our favorite dishes but are often left disappointed by vegan versions that just don’t measure up. That’s where my journey to perfect the Vegan Chicken Parm Recipe began.

After countless trials, I’ve crafted a version that captures the essence of the beloved classic, without compromising on taste or texture. This recipe not only satisfies those comfort food cravings but does so in a way that’s both ethical and healthy.

Let me guide you through how to recreate this mouthwatering dish, ensuring you can indulge guilt-free with all the savory satisfaction of the traditional favorite.

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What Is Vegan Chicken Parm?

Vegan Chicken Parm is a plant-based rendition of the traditional Chicken Parmesan, a popular Italian-American dish. It replaces chicken with a vegan alternative, such as soy-based cutlets, seitan, or breaded cauliflower steaks, maintaining the classic’s essence without using animal products.

These vegan cutlets are coated in breadcrumbs, fried or baked to achieve a crispy exterior, then smothered in a rich, homemade tomato sauce and topped with melted vegan cheese.

It’s a dish designed to offer a cruelty-free, environmentally friendly option that still indulges the craving for a hearty, comforting meal with all the familiar flavors and textures.

Fact– Studies show that incorporating plant-based meals like Vegan Chicken Parm can reduce environmental impact and promote heart health by lowering cholesterol levels.

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Recipe Directions 

  • Prepare for Baking: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to prevent sticking.
  • Make Almond Milk Batter: In a medium bowl, combine almond milk, 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk these ingredients until smooth. Set this bowl aside.
  • Set Up the Breading Station: Prepare two more bowls. Place the Italian breadcrumbs in one and the remaining 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour in the other.
  • Breading: Arrange your breading station in this order – almond milk batter, all-purpose flour, breadcrumbs, and then the prepared baking sheet. Use four forks, two for handling the wet ingredients and two for the dry, to avoid clumping.
  • Coat the Vegan Chicken: Using your “wet forks,” dip a piece of vegan chicken into the almond milk mixture, ensuring it’s fully coated. Let any excess batter drip off before transferring it to the flour bowl. Use your “dry forks” to coat it in flour. Dip it once more into the almond milk batter (again, allowing excess to drip off), then into the breadcrumbs, ensuring it’s well-coated. Place it on the baking sheet. Repeat this process with all pieces of vegan chicken.
  • Bake: Once all pieces are breaded, bake them in the oven for 25 minutes, flipping them halfway through for even cooking.
  • Cook Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil while the chicken bakes. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions.
  • Add Toppings: After baking, remove the vegan chicken from the oven. Top each piece with 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and 1 tablespoon of vegan mozzarella cheese. Return them to the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted to your liking.
  • Serve: Drain the cooked pasta and divide it among four plates. Spoon over additional marinara sauce as preferred. Place a piece of the vegan chicken parmesan on top of the pasta on each plate. Garnish with basil and vegan parmesan cheese if desired.

Recipe Directions 

Variations, Add-Ons And Toppings 


  • Protein Choices: Besides store-bought vegan chicken, you can use homemade seitan, breaded tofu, or cauliflower steaks as the base for a different texture or nutritional profile.
  • Sauce Options: Experiment with different tomato-based sauces, such as arrabbiata for a spicy kick or a roasted red pepper sauce for a sweet and smoky flavor.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and flour for the breading and serve over gluten-free pasta to make the dish accessible to those with gluten sensitivities.


  • Vegetables: Integrate sautéed spinach, mushrooms, or eggplant slices between the vegan chicken and sauce layers for added nutrition and flavor.
  • Herbs: Fresh basil, oregano, or Italian parsley can be mixed into the sauce or sprinkled on top before serving for freshness.
  • Spice it Up: Add crushed red pepper flakes to the breadcrumb mixture or sauce for an extra spicy version.

Variations, Add-Ons And Toppings 


  • Cheese Alternatives: Explore a variety of vegan cheeses, such as vegan parmesan, mozzarella, or homemade cashew ricotta, to find your preferred level of meltiness and flavor.
  • Crunch Factor: To add texture, sprinkle crispy fried onions or breadcrumbs on top before serving.
  • Drizzles and Dollops: A drizzle of balsamic reduction or a dollop of vegan pesto can add an exciting flavor that contrasts with the rich tomato and cheese flavors.

Variations, Add-Ons And Toppings 

Vegetable Substitutions 

  • Breaded Eggplant Slices: Known for its meaty texture, eggplant makes an excellent base, absorbing flavors well.
  • Portobello Mushroom Caps: Their rich, umami flavor and satisfying texture are ideal for a hearty meal.
  • Cauliflower Steaks: Sliced thick and breaded, they offer a crunchy exterior with a tender inside.
  • Butternut Squash Slices: contrast with a sweet, nutty flavor when thinly sliced and roasted.
  • Zucchini Slices: Breaded zucchini brings a lighter, refreshing taste without compromising the classic crispy coating.
  • Seitan Cutlets: Though not a vegetable, seitan’s wheat-based composition mimics the chewy texture of chicken, making it a popular choice for those seeking a high-protein alternative.

Quick Tip– For extra crispy breading on your vegan chicken parm, let the breaded cutlets rest for 10 minutes before baking. This ensures the coating adheres well.

Vegetable Substitutions 

Best Side Dishes

  1. Garlic Bread Vegan garlic bread, crispy and fragrant, is a classic accompaniment.
  2. Caesar Salad A vegan Caesar salad adds a refreshing contrast with its creamy dressing and crunchy croutons.
  3. Roasted Vegetables Seasonal vegetables, like asparagus or Brussels sprouts, roasted to perfection.
  4. Pasta A simple spaghetti aglio e olio (garlic and oil) or a light basil pesto pasta pairs wonderfully.
  5. Quinoa Salad A lemony quinoa salad with fresh herbs offers a nutritious, light side option.
  6. Sauteed Greens Greens like spinach or kale, sautéed with garlic, complement the richness with their simplicity.
  7. Polenta Creamy polenta serves as a comforting, hearty base.
  8. Ratatouille A traditional French stew of summer vegetables for a more elaborate side.
  9. Zucchini Noodles Zucchini noodles (zoodles) are light and healthy for a low-carb option.
  10. Caprese Salad A vegan version of the classic Italian salad using plant-based mozzarella and fresh tomatoes.

Best Side Dishes

How To Serve?

  • On a Bed of Pasta: Plate the vegan chicken parm atop a generous serving of spaghetti or your pasta of choice, lightly tossed in marinara sauce.
  • With a Side Salad: Offer a refreshing contrast by serving a crisp side salad on the side, such as a mixed green salad or a vegan Caesar.
  • Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle freshly chopped basil or parsley over the top for a pop of color and a fresh flavor boost.
  • Drizzle Extra Sauce: Warm extra marinara sauce over the vegan chicken and pasta for added moisture and flavor.
  • Add Vegan Cheese: A final sprinkle of vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast before serving can add a cheesy, umami finish.
  • Side of Garlic Bread: Place a slice of toasted vegan garlic bread on the side of the plate to dip into the sauce.
  • Layered Presentation: For a visually appealing plate, layer slices of vegan chicken parmesan between layers of pasta and sauce.
  • Individual Portions: For a formal touch, serve each vegan chicken parmesan cutlet on small plates accompanied by sides.
  • Top with Vegan Mozzarella: Before the final bake with the marinara sauce, add a slice of vegan mozzarella on each cutlet for a melty topping.
  • Serve Hot: Ensure the dish is served hot, with the vegan cheese melted perfectly and the breadcrumb coating crisp.

Quick Tip– Use homemade marinara sauce for the best flavor in your Vegan Chicken Parm. It’s richer and more aromatic than store-bought, elevating the entire dish.

How To Serve

Storage And Make Ahead

  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container. They’ll keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven for the best texture.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare the breaded vegan chicken cutlets and freeze them. When ready to serve, bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Fact– The origin of Chicken Parmesan traces back to Italy’s Parmigiana, which is traditionally made with eggplant, not chicken. This demonstrates the versatility of this beloved dish across cultures and dietary preferences.

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Time-Saving Tips

  1. Pre-Breaded Vegan Chicken: Opt for pre-breaded vegan chicken cutlets available at most health food stores to skip the breading process.
  2. Batch Prep: Prepare and bread your vegan chicken in large batches. Freeze them on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer bag for easy future meals.
  3. Jarred Marinara Sauce: Choose a high-quality marinara sauce to save time when making sauce from scratch. Look for options with simple, whole-food ingredients.
  4. Pre-Shredded Vegan Cheese: Utilize pre-shredded vegan mozzarella to eliminate the step of grating cheese.
  5. Multi-Task: While your vegan chicken is baking, cook your pasta and prepare any side dishes to make efficient use of time.
  6. Oven Over Frying: Baking the breaded vegan chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet helps achieve a crispy texture without frying, saving time and cleanup.
  7. Use a Food Processor: A food processor can save significant prep time for making homemade breadcrumbs or quickly chopping ingredients for making homemade marinara sauce.
  8. Prep the Night Before: Assemble the dish up to the point of baking and store it covered in the refrigerator overnight. Simply bake the next day for a quick meal.
Tasty Vegan Chicken Parm Recipe- A Crunchy And Cheesy Fusion!

Tasty Vegan Chicken Parm Recipe- A Crunchy And Cheesy Fusion!

Recipe by Julia

Vegan Chicken Parm is a compassionate twist on a classic Italian-American dish featuring breaded plant-based cutlets smothered in savory marinara sauce and melted vegan cheese. Baked to perfection, it offers a crispy exterior, tender interior, and rich flavors. This dish is a crowd-pleaser that satisfies cravings for comfort food while adhering to a vegan lifestyle.

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Ingredient List 

  • Breaded Vegan Chicken
  • 1 package (4 pieces) 1 Gardein Chicken Scallopini OR Homemade Seitan Chicken

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Unsweetened Almond Milk

  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp 1/2 All-Purpose Flour

  • 1/2 Tsp 1/2 Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 Tsp 1/2 Onion Powder

  • 1/4 Tsp 1/4 Salt

  • Pinch Pinch Black Pepper

  • 1/3 Cup 1/3 Italian Bread Crumbs

  • 1/2 lb 1/2 Vegan Spaghetti Noodles

  • 1/4 Cup 1/4 Shredded Basil

  • 1/2 Cup + more for serving 1/2 Marinara Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup 1/4 Vegan Mozzarella Shreds

  • For garnish For garnish Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Step-By-Step Directions

  • Preheat the Oven: Start by heating your oven to 425°F (218°C). Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone mat to prevent sticking.
  • Prepare the Almond Milk Batter: In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk with 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Whisk these ingredients until they’re thoroughly mixed. Set this bowl aside.
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  • Set Up Breading Ingredients: Place 1/3 cup of Italian breadcrumbs in a second medium bowl. In a third bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup all-purpose flour. These will be used to bread the vegan chicken.
  • Create a Breading Station: Organize your workspace by placing the almond milk batter, the bowl of all-purpose flour, the bowl of breadcrumbs, and the lined baking sheet in a line. This will be your breading station. Have 4 forks ready to use for handling the ingredients.
  • Bread the Vegan Chicken: Take the vegan chicken pieces. Use one set of forks (wet forks) to coat a piece of chicken in the almond milk batter. Ensure it’s well coated, then let the excess drip off before moving it to the flour. Use a second set of forks (dry forks) to cover it in flour. Then, dip it back into the almond milk batter with the wet forks, and finally, coat it generously in breadcrumbs with the dry forks. Place the breaded piece on the baking sheet. Repeat this process with all the pieces, using the wet forks for wet ingredients and dry forks for dry ones to avoid clumping.
  • Bake: Once all pieces are breaded, bake them in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remember to flip each piece halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking.
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  • Cook the Spaghetti: While the vegan chicken is baking, boil a large pot of salted water. Cook 1/2 lb. of vegan spaghetti noodles according to the package instructions.
  • Add Toppings: After baking, remove the vegan chicken from the oven. Top each piece with 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and 1 tablespoon of vegan mozzarella cheese. Return them to the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve: Drain the cooked pasta and evenly divide it among four plates. Spoon extra marinara sauce over the pasta, then place the baked vegan chicken parmesan on top. Garnish each serving with shredded basil and vegan parmesan cheese to taste.

  • Equipment List
  • Oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Medium bowls (3)
  • Whisk
  • Forks (4)
  • Large pot
  • Colander
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula


  • ardein Chicken Scallopini can be replaced with any preferred vegan chicken alternative or homemade seitan for a personalized touch.

  • Ensure Italian breadcrumbs are vegan; some brands may include dairy or egg.

  • For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free all-purpose flour and breadcrumbs.

  • Unsweetened almond milk can be substituted with any plant-based milk, though almond milk’s neutral flavor is ideal for this recipe.

  • Vegan mozzarella melts best when finely shredded; consider shredding your own for optimal meltiness.

  • Homemade marinara sauce elevates the dish, but store-bought sauce saves time.

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Frequently Asked Questions  

Can I Make Vegan Chicken Parm Gluten-Free?

You can easily adapt vegan chicken parmesan to be gluten-free by using all-purpose flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs for the breading. Ensure your vegan chicken substitute is gluten-free, as some brands may contain wheat.

Additionally, choose gluten-free pasta to serve with your dish. Remember to check all product labels to ensure they meet gluten-free standards.

What Vegan Chicken Substitutes Work Best For Vegan Chicken Parm?

The best vegan chicken substitutes for Vegan Chicken Parm include brands like Gardein, Beyond Meat, or any homemade seitan that mimics the texture and flavor of chicken.

The key is choosing a substitute that holds up well to breading and baking, ensuring it remains juicy and tender with a crispy outer coating. Textured vegetable protein (TVP) cutlets or breaded cauliflower steaks can also serve as excellent plant-based alternatives.

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How Can I Ensure The Breading Sticks To The Vegan Chicken?

To ensure the breading adheres well to the vegan chicken, follow a three-step breading process: first, dip the cutlets into a wet mixture (such as seasoned almond milk and flour), then dredge them in all-purpose flour, and finally, coat them in breadcrumbs. Allow the breaded cutlets to rest for a few minutes before baking. This process helps the coating to set and reduces the chances of it falling off during cooking.

Can Vegan Chicken Parm Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Yes, Vegan Chicken Parm is an excellent make-ahead dish. You can prepare and bread the vegan chicken cutlets in advance, then refrigerate them for up to a day before baking. Alternatively, you can bake the breaded cutlets, cool them, and freeze them for later use.

When you’re ready to serve, simply bake from frozen and add a few minutes to the cooking time. Prepare your marinara sauce and vegan cheese in advance to assemble and bake the dish quickly.

What Are The Best Ways To Serve Vegan Chicken Parm?

Vegan Chicken Parm is versatile and can be served in several delicious ways. The most popular is atop a bed of spaghetti or your favorite pasta, smothered in extra marinara sauce and sprinkled with vegan cheese.

It also pairs well with a crisp green salad, roasted vegetables, or garlic bread for a complete meal. For a low-carb option, serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. Garnish with fresh basil or vegan parmesan for an added touch of flavor and presentation.

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