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Buffalo Chik’n (Soy Curls!) Spaghetti

Vegan Buffalo Chik'n Spaghetti with Soy Curls

Buffalo Chik’n Spaghetti with Soy Curls

Buffalo Chicken Soy Curl Spaghetti rocks! I realize that most vegans consider soy curls to be sooo 2011 (or something) but for me they’re brand new. I’ve read other blogger’s accounts of how wonderful and miraculous they are, but this was my first time trying them. For any other newbies out there wondering What Are Soy Curls?:

They’re dehydrated strips of soy protein made out of whole, non-GMO soybeans that are slowly cooked until they’re soft, then processed by a machine that breaks them into strands. Then they’re slowly dried at a low temperature and packaged. That’s it. No added fat or flour — just soybeans that have been transformed, leaving them high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, with 10 grams of protein in every serving.” from Oregon Live.

This means they’re a whole food, very different from most mock meats which are derived from isolated soy proteins and full of preservatives and added calories and fat! Plus they look/feel exactly like chicken. You simply soak them in warm water for 10 minutes to rehydrate, squeeze them, the prepare however you like.

I bought them at Nooch last week, but couldn’t decide what to make with them until I saw a very interesting (non-vegan) recipe on Pinterest for buffalo spaghetti. We already know I love Buffalo Tacos and Buffalo Spring Rolls, so why not spaghetti too?

The sauce, which features cream cheese and ranch dressing is super creamy with just the right amount of (adjustable!) buffalo heat and sticks to the pasta perfectly. And I think perhaps soy curls were invented with buffalo sauce in mind! Of course, I’m also anxious to try them in fajitas… and maybe a chik’n salad!??


Buffalo Chik’n Spaghetti with Soy Curls (2 servings)

Adapted from non-vegan recipe

The ingredients below will give you a mild buffalo flavor- give it a try and if you want to up the heat, just add more Franks!

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces spaghetti
  • 2/3 cup soy curls
  • 1/4 cup ‘not chickn broth’ (or veggie broth of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup Franks buffalo sauce
  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup vegan ranch
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. Place soy curls in bowl of warm water and let sit for 10 minutes, then squeeze out all excess moisture.
  3. In a medium sauce pan mix the broth, buffalo sauce, cream cheese and ranch over medium heat, stirring until the cream cheese melts. Taste and add more buffalo or sea salt as needed.
  4. Stir in soy curls and reduce heat to low. Wait a minute or two for the curls to soak up the sauce, then stir in the spaghetti. Once everything is warm, serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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  • Sophie33 August 23, 2012, 9:35 am

    A lovely vegan creation which I love! tasty food dish!

  • Heather August 23, 2012, 10:59 am

    Fun!

    Apparently I am totally not in the present cause’ this is the first time hearing about soy curls – I must find these now!

    ….and sadly the freakin’ Jokerz that were suppose to be at a local store no longer is carried there…talk about dissapointment.

    I am on the hunt for soy curls!

    ps. I tagged you in a HOPE post :) on Blackberry Thyme Peach Cobbler

  • formerfishtacofanatic August 23, 2012, 11:01 am

    Yum! I’ve been wondering about soy curls. I’ll have to find these and give them a try!

  • An Unrefined Vegan August 23, 2012, 11:58 am

    Soy curls are totally new to me, Barb! I’ve been reading about them in blogs, of course, but have never sought them out nor tried them. I guess partly because I was convinced they were made with mystery ingredients, but it sounds as if they’re okay! Next time I’m at Whole Foods I am definitely seeking them out! Your sketty recipe sounds awesome!

  • thecrueltyfreereview August 23, 2012, 4:51 pm

    They really do look like chicken strips! I might actually be able to convince Robert to try them, especially if they’re drowned in hot sauce :)

  • Jenny August 26, 2012, 4:18 pm

    I’m late to the game, too. I saw your post and clicked on it to read because I’m expecting my first shipment of soy curls Tuesday!

  • One Happy Table August 27, 2012, 10:00 am

    Oh, this looks SO good! You are making me hungry for lunch!

  • * Vegan Sparkles * August 27, 2012, 5:56 pm

    Ooooh, that looks like lovely comfort food!

  • chow vegan August 27, 2012, 8:43 pm

    I’ve been hearing about soy curls for the longest time and I still haven’t gotten around to trying them. The spaghetti looks great – just another reason to track those soy curls down. :-)

  • mightyvegan August 28, 2012, 5:30 am

    I have soy curls in my fridge. I haven’t tried them yet. I’m so excited to make this! I love buffalo anything. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Alaine @ My GF & DF Living August 28, 2012, 8:42 pm

    This looks delicious!!

  • Leslie @ Flora Foodie August 30, 2012, 9:35 am

    Oh my gosh, I’ve had soy curls at a restaurant but avoided buying them because I assumed they were uber processed and made of soy protein isolate. Thanks for the helpful info! Not to mention delicious recipe. Buying them. Making this.

  • Kendra December 12, 2012, 3:04 pm

    SOLD! I just ordered some of these soy curls (can’t buy them in my neck of the woods) so I can try some of these mouthwateringly great looking recipes! Thank you for all the great ideas!

    • Barb December 12, 2012, 3:06 pm

      You’re so welcome- can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  • bestresidualincomestrategies.com May 21, 2013, 10:24 pm

    I really like it whenever people come together and
    share opinions. Great blog, stick with it!

  • jen November 15, 2013, 7:38 pm

    this has become a staple in our home. love this recipe! THank you!

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