Our Breaded Chickenless Nuggets are a delicious vegan substitute for traditional chicken nuggets. Not only are they made without any animal products, they’re cholesterol free and contain no hydrogenated oils. They’re terrific on their own with your favorite of dipping sauces
After 3 years of eating vegetarian, Jon and I have tried a lot of imitation chicken products at this point. It takes a lot to impress me, and I have to say, these Chickenless Nuggets absolutely blew me away the first time I tried them. Do they taste high quality? No. Absolutely not. They’re chicken nuggets. But they’re REALLY GOOD chicken nuggets. What is most impressive is that they may have the most realistic chicken-like texture I’ve seen yet in an imitation chicken product.
What Is It?
These Breaded Chickenless Nuggets aim to imitate the chicken nuggets you probably grew up eating. You know the ones I’m talking about – the nuggets that come in fun dinosaur shapes made out of chicken pulp and god knows what else.
These are made by 365 Everyday Value, which is Whole Foods flagship “generic” brand, focusing on, well… whole foods. These Chickenless Nuggets can be found in the freezer section in resealable plastic bags, 14 nuggets to a bag.
The cooking instructions on the bag are clear and simple – reheat in a microwave, or oven. Microwaving them leaves the coating a little spongier, so if you’re looking for a crispy fried coating I recommend cooking them in an oven or even a convection oven or air fryer.
How Does It Taste?
The taste is pretty inoffensive, borderline tasty. While the flavor doesn’t scream chicken, it tastes about as chicken-y as any REAL store-bought chicken nuggets you’ve ever had in your life. With the main ingredient of these nuggets being “textured wheat protein”, it is pleasantly surprising that they don’t have that signature wheat flavor that a lot of seitan based “meat” products have.
Where these Chickenless Nuggets really shine is in the coating and overall texture. The coating seems to be made up of super fine breadcrumbs, and crisps up to perfection when baked or air fried. The texture of the “meat” itself may be the closest to real chicken texture that I’ve tried in any imitation meat. It really nails that stringy meatiness and bite that chicken has. They could maybe be a bit juicier, but for a premade frozen nugget, I can’t be too picky. I can’t say this often about fake meat, but this really could fool any meat eater.
The biggest fault of Whole Food’s Chickenless Nuggets is that, well… they’re just chicken nuggets. They are exactly what they’re meant to be. Nothing more, nothing less. I wouldn’t really want to eat these with anything other than some frenchfries and dipping sauce, or maybe cut up on a mashed potato bowl.
Overall, these Chickenless Nuggets will absolutely hit the spot if you’re looking for quick,easy, greasy, crispy childhood favorite. They’re surprisingly filing and the meatiness is extremely satisfying. To date, they really can’t be beat in terms of their level of imitation. It’s well worth a tip to Whole Foods just to grab a few bags of these for those lazy days when you just want finger food.
Overall Rating : 9/10 – Delicious
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Serving Size 2.1 oz (69g/about 3 nuggets)
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 130Calories from Fat 45
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 5g8%
- Saturated Fat 0g
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 350mg15%
- Total Carbohydrate 12g4%
- Dietary Fiber 2g8%
- Sugars 1g
- Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
WATER, TEXTURED WHEAT PROTEIN, BREAD CRUMBS (UNBLEACHED ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR [WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, SEA SALT, YEAST, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL, CORN FLOUR, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, ROSEMARY EXTRACT), EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL, VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN, NATURAL FLAVORS, BATTER (UNBLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, CORN FLOUR, SEA SALT, EXPELLER PRESSED CANOLA OIL, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, BAKING SODA [SODIUM BICARBONATE], GUAR GUM), CELLULOSE GUM, WHEAT STARCH, PEA FIBER, PEA PROTEIN, ONION POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, SEA SALT, GROUND CELERY SEED.
CONTAINS WHEAT INGREDIENTS. MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF SOY. PRODUCED IN A FACILITY THAT PROCESSES MILK AND EGGS.