Vegan Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

by Erin

Love Buffalo chicken? Try this vegan buffalo chicken sandwich made with seitan, topped with broccoli slaw and vegan Ranch.

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
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I feel like I finally won the battle of Ranch versus Blue Cheese when it comes to Buffalo chicken, solely based upon the fact that it’s a lot easier to make vegan Ranch than it is vegan Blue Cheese. That’s it, that’s my only piece of evidence.

Personally, I think the flavor combo of Buffalo and Ranch is superior to Blue Cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I love blue cheese, just not with Buffalo sauce. I may have grown up in Western NY and several friends will scoff at me but it is what it is. Blame it on me being born in Texas or something, IDK.

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Slaw

While today is technically National Fried Chicken Day, I faked you out with this vegan version. Honestly, I love fried seitan just as much as fried chicken, especially when served in a sandwich. But if you prefer fowl options, check out that other bloggers shared today, listed below:

Vegan Buffalo Seitan Sandwich

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Sandwich


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1-1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk


  • 3/4 cup hot pepper sauce (like Frank's RedHot)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • Salt, to taste



  • 4 toasted brioche rolls


  1. In a large bowl whisk together vital wheat gluten, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, garlic, paprika, and salt. Add water and stir until a ball forms. Transfer to a clean surface and knead for about 5 minutes, or until dough comes together and is elastic. Cut into 4 pieces and form into chicken breast shapes. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large pot, add the broth, vinegar, and liquid smoke. Place over high heat until boiling, then lower to a simmer. Carefully place the seitan into the broth, ensuring it is covered by the broth (if not, transfer to a smaller pot). Partially cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from pot and let cool enough to touch.
  3. Meanwhile in a small pot, combine hot sauce, butter, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat while stirring frequently with a whisk. As soon as the liquid begins to bubble on the sides of the pot, remove from heat, and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet and spray the rack with cooking spray. Set aside.
  5. Place breadcrumbs in a wide, shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, mix the flour, cayenne powder, and season with salt and pepper. Finally, add the dairy-milk to a third dish.
  6. Pat the seitan dry. Dip in the flour, then the milk, and finally the Panko mixture. Press the Panko onto the chicken to completely coat. Transfer to the prepared wire rack.
  7. Brush the tops of the chicken with Buffalo sauce, flip and brush the other side. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the slaw and Ranch dressing.
  9. Assemble sandwich by spreading more Buffalo sauce on the bottom bun, place one piece of seitan on top, followed by coleslaw, more Ranch is desired, and top bun. Serve immediately.
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Source: Adapted from my Vegan Spicy Chicken Sandwich and AllRecipes.

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Karen's Kitchen Stories July 7, 2022 - 3:22 pm

That is interesting. I’ve seen seitan packages in the grocery store in the vegan section and always wondered what it was!

Erin July 7, 2022 - 5:29 pm

Now you know! You could use those instead of making your own in this recipe to make it easier.

Wendy Klik July 6, 2022 - 11:51 am

This is a great option for me when I am serving Fried Chicken at a family dinner as I have one son in law who is strictly vegetarian and one who prefers vegetarian.

Erin July 7, 2022 - 9:25 am

Awesome! You can even premake the seitan and freeze it. Just put a little bit of the liquid from boiling it in there with it.


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