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Eco-Friday: How to make chicken out of tofu

One of the best and easiest ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint is to eat more plants and less animal products, preferably switching to an entirely plant-based diet. The task can seem daunting at first. Most of us grew up with plenty of meat, eggs and dairy and we’re also used to cooking with these ingredients. But there are so many cool and useful plant-based recipes to learn and try out. The learning experience can actually be quite fun.

Today I’d like to share one of my absolute favourite kitchen hacks: turning tofu into a tasty mock-meat with the texture of chicken.

First thing you’ll need is of course tofu. You can make your own or use store-bought. Just make sure to press it properly. Once that’s done you need to freeze the tofu block overnight.

How tofu can look after freezing

The next day, take the tofu out and let it taw for a few hours. When it’s ready you can press all the water out and then start with the marinade. 

There are different one’s you can make. I’m using the one from this recipe.

Mix together:
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder

Rip the tofu block into small chunks (about 4-5 cm). Put in the bowl with the marinade and mix together until the sauce covers all the bits. Then add 0.6 dl (1/4 cup) of corn starch and another 1 tsp of smoked paprika. Mix again until everything is well incorporated.

Now spread all the ‘chicken’ chunks on a baking sheet and cook in 190 C° (375 Fahrenheit) for about 25 minutes.

Here’s the result:

Delicious on its own but it also goes well with some dip, in tacos, burritos or on pizza.

Bon appétit!

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