Southern Style Boneless Tofu aka Vegan Fried Chicken

Crunchy, comforting, and delicious. But also nearly fat-free and plant-based. So good and good for you. 

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 12 oz extra firm tofu
  • 2 cups corn flakes, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour regular or gluten-free


  1. Freeze and thaw the tofu then press until most or all of the water has been squeezed out. Use a tofu press or two cutting boards or plates. Squeeze the tofu until little water comes out.  

  2. Crush the corn flakes in a ziplock bag. Use your hands, a heavy glass, or a rolling pin. Crush the cornflakes until they're finely ground and then add the 1/2 cup flour, basil, oregano, thyme, sage, garlic, onion, paprika, celery salt, ginger, cayenne, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir and incorporate well. Make sure the flour and spices are evenly distributed. 

  3. Pour a cup of plant-based milk in a wide bowl and stir in the tapioca and lemon juice until smooth. 

  4. In a third wide bowl, place a cup of regular or gluten-free flour. 

  5. Pull the thawed and pressed tofu apart into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick nugget and cutlet sized shapes. 

  6. Dip tofu pieces in the milk and tapioca mixture until well coated. 

  7. Dredge the pieces in the flour, then dip again in the milk and tapioca mixture. 

  8. Dredge the tofu in the crushed cornflake mix with the spices until well and evenly coated. 

  9. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes, until they're crunchy and slightly browned.