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How to make:

Air Fried Vegan Hot “Honey” Chicken

Meet your new favorite vegan air fryer recipe! This plant-based hot honey chicken recipe is a sweet and spicy take on vegan fried chicken.

Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time:
1 hour 40 minutes
4 1x


For the “chicken”:

For the hot “honey”:


  1. In a medium bowl or a large zip bag, add milk, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Pull apart the tofu into nugget shapes (or larger strip shapes, if desired) and place into the bowl or bag. Toss; refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat air fryer or oven to 400ºF. Grease the air fryer basket or baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, add flour, cornstarch, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Remove tofu from bowl or bag and shake off excess liquid. Dredge in the flour mixture; toss to coat. Set each nugget on the baking pan. For extra crispy nuggets: let tofu sit for 5 minutes, then re-dredge in the flour mixture. Once all tofu is done, spray nuggets with oil or lightly brush with oil.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip. Bake for another 10 minutes, until crispy.
  6. In a saucepan over medium heat, add all hot “honey” ingredients. Once butter is melted, reduce heat to low and let cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. To the saucepan, add nuggets. Toss to evenly coat in the hot “honey.”


*Use a tofu press, or wrap the tofu in paper towels and place in the sink with a heavy object on top. Press for 10-15 minutes.