Vegan Chicken and Waffles

This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own.

This decadent dish of Vegan Chicken and Waffles is a delicious breakfast option! It’s made with baked tofu nuggets coated in oats and oat waffles. Don’t forget the maple syrup!

Boy, do I have a recipe for you today! But I have to be honest first – I don’t think I’ve ever had chicken and waffles for breakfast. I always preferred simple foods (and still do most of the time), so the idea of mixing chicken nuggets and waffles probably wouldn’t have appealed to young Emilie.

But now? Give me a plate of these vegan chicken and waffles right now!!!!! The combo of sweet and savory is to die for, y’all.

Chicken and Waffles

Oats Across America

I’m excited to partner with Quaker on this recipe as part of their Oats Across America campaign! Quaker surveyed people from coast to coast and uncovered some really interesting things:

  • People feel really nostalgic about breakfast. No surprise there! Breakfast can take us back to what our parents served every morning or decadent breakfasts at our grandparents’ houses or holiday brunches with family.
  • Savory breakfasts reign supreme as favorites! I am 100% on Team Savory Breakfast.
  • Respondents in the South (where I grew up) and in the West (where I live now) both indicated chicken and waffles as one of their favorite breakfasts.

Obviously I had to recreate this classic favorite since it bridges where I grew up with my current chosen home. And of course, I had to give it a good ole vegan makeover.

Waffle Recipe

Also, Quaker wants YOU to share your own original recipe (using Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats, Instant Oats or other Quaker Oats product) for the chance to win $1,000 in one of their daily drawings. Plus, your recipe could end up in Quaker’s Oats Across America cookbook! Here’s how to enter:

Visit CookwithQuaker.com and submit your original oats recipe. (Limit one entry per day. Each recipe submitted by an entrant must be substantially different from previously submitted entries.)  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Ends 12/31/19.  See website for details and Official Rules.

Vegan Chicken and Waffles

How to Make Vegan Chicken and Waffles

For the chicken, we’re going to make tofu nuggets! You’ll dredge them in a flax mixture, then a dry mixture (the base of which is oat flour made from blended Quaker Old Fashioned Oats). My secret trick is spraying the coated nuggets with cooking spray to get them extra crispy!

While your vegan chicken nuggets are baking, you can make the waffles. These waffles are made with oat flour and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, along with some other staple ingredients like oil, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Bonus: these waffles freeze beautifully! Double or triple the recipe so you can freeze some for easy breakfasts.

Then it’s assembly time: waffles, chicken nuggets, and maple syrup. Very important note: don’t forget the maple syrup!

Chicken and Waffles

How to make:

Vegan Chicken and Waffles

This decadent dish of Vegan Chicken and Waffles is a delicious breakfast option! It’s made with baked tofu nuggets coated in oats and oat waffles. Don’t forget the maple syrup!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hour 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hour 50 mins
Waffle Recipe
4 1x
Rating: 5 from 2 reviews


For the tofu “chicken”:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable or vegan chicken broth
  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed*
  • 1/2 cup oat flour**
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, lightly blended but still with texture
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

For the waffles:

  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour**
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil (avocado, canola, grapeseed)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


For the tofu “chicken”:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. To a small bowl, add flax and water; stir. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Add broth to a medium bowl. Tear tofu into nugget pieces about 1.5-2 inches wide and place in broth. Marinade for 10 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, add oat flour, lightly blended oats, cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and cayenne. Stir to combine.
  5. With each tofu nugget piece, dip into flax mixture to lightly coat, then dip into oat mixture to coat the entire nugget. Place on baking sheet. Repeat until all nuggets are coated.
  6. To make the nuggets extra crispy, lightly spray with cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, flip, then bake for 30 minutes.

For the waffles:

  1. While nuggets are cooking, prepare the waffles. Lightly grease waffle maker and preheat.
  2. To a small bowl, add flax and water; stir. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. To a small bowl, add non-dairy milk and vinegar; stir. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, add oat flour, oats, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add oil, maple syrup, flax mixture, and non-dairy milk mixture. Stir to combine dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Let batter sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of batter to the center of waffle maker. Cook for 5 minutes. Repeat until all batter is used up.
  6. Top waffles with tofu nuggets and maple syrup.


*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.

**To make your own oat flour, simply blend Quaker Old Fashioned Oats into a fine flour using a high-speed blender or food processor.

Thanks to Quaker for sponsoring this post! I love working with brands whose products I really love and would honestly recommend.

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