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Spicy Chik'n Sandwich from That Was Vegan? #vegan

Spicy (Vegan) Chicken Sandwich

Those of you not lucky enough to have been raised vegetarian or vegan might remember the spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy’s… and now I present to you its vastly superior cousin, the Vegan Spicy Chicken Sandwich!

This veganized version is exactly how I remember the original being: crispy, spicy, and addicting.

Spicy Chik'n Sandwich from That Was Vegan? #vegan

I made mine moderately-to-quite spicy, but it’s easy to adjust the heat levels to your liking- just add more or less chili powder. And if you’re a wuss like me you can also add gobs of ketchup to cool it down 😉

The original recipe comes from The V Word. I’ve never tried her recipe as is, but I’m sure it’s good! I saw it and immediately had to make it spicy, ha ha. Her “double-dip” method is great though, the result is a super crispy piece of chik’n that makes the perfect sandwich- although it would also be good if you were trying to make a sort of “fried chik’n”, too, I think! Oh, and her version is gluten free (other than the gardein), mine isn’t.

Spicy Chik'n Sandwich from That Was Vegan? #vegan

Look at that beautiful breading!!!

Spicy Chik’n Sandwich (makes 4 sandwiches)

Recipe adapted from The V Word


  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 2.5 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1.5 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • A sprinkle of S&P
  • 1 box (4) Gardein “Chick’n Filets”
  • Oil for frying
  • 4 burger buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, onions as desired for toppings
  • Sriracha, ketchup, etc


  1. Grab 3 bowls, the wider and more shallow the better. In the first bowl combine flour, cornstarch, garlic, paprika, oregano, and onion and chili powder, sea salt and pepper. In bowl #2 combine the non-dairy milk and vinegar (this makes a sort of vegan buttermilk), and in bowl #2 combine the bread crumbs with the remaining spices and S&P.
  2. Take each filet and coat it in the flour mixture, then dip it quickly into the milk (just long enough to get the whole thing wet), then dip them back into the flour, making sure they’re completely coated. Let them sit for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Dip once more into the milk, then roll them around in the breadcrumb mixture, making sure you have complete coverage. Let them sit for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan. You just need it to be deep enough so the filets are half submerged (you’ll be flipping them). When the oil is hot fry the filets until nice and crispy, flipping once, 3-4 minutes per side. Be careful as you move them around, you don’t want to break off any of that nice breading!
  5. Set them on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil, then assemble your sandwiches as desired- topping with Sriracha if you want some extra heat! 🙂


Spicy Chik'n Sandwich from That Was Vegan? #vegan

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  • Bianca-Vegan Crunk February 20, 2013, 10:30 am

    Oooooh, I must make this! It’s been years and years since I’ve had a spicy chicken sandwich, but I have always loved the spicy Boca chicken patties. But homemade is always better! I like that it has Gardein in it for meatiness.

  • Annie February 20, 2013, 10:31 am

    Okay. This is as good as made. I was addicted to that dang sandwich! My mouth is watering just thinking about biting into your version.

  • Alex @ Delicious-Knowledge.com February 20, 2013, 11:27 am

    This looks delicious! I have some chickpea cutlets in the fridge- bet I could use those to dip and fry instead of gardein. Excited to try this one!

  • Heather February 20, 2013, 1:35 pm

    You are my hero! growing up my mom and I would go to Wendy’s on Wednesday nights while my sister was at dance class- the chicken sandwich was my favorite ( oh those so unhealthy habits growing up) I am so happy you veganized it!

  • Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview February 21, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Crap, you made me get drool all over my keyboard! I’ll admit to have eaten waaay too many of the Wendy’s versions in the past. I can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

  • Sophie33 February 22, 2013, 4:33 pm

    What a tasty looking appetizing burger! a must make, my friend! 🙂 Yummm!

  • Melissa February 25, 2013, 10:34 am

    Love this recipe! I kind of hate to admit it, but I did used to eat these crispy sandwiches from Wendy’s – awesome job veganizing. 🙂

  • Erica January 2, 2018, 4:31 pm

    Do you do the breading while the gardein is frozen?

    • Barb January 3, 2018, 8:48 am

      Oh gosh… it’s been so long since I’ve made this! But thinking back, pretty sure it was defrosted.

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