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Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls – Vegan Richa

Indo Chinese Soy Curls in a skillet

Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls – Vegan Richa

Indo-Chinese Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls make for an amazing weeknight dinner that is easy to make! Chewy, marinated soy curls in a ginger garlic green chili sauce is perfect weeknight takeout sub! Made with a simple homemade green chili paste. Nutfree. Glutenfree.

vegan chili chicken served with a fork on the side

I seem to be on sort of Indo Chinese kick! After my fiery Dragon Chicken Soy Curls,  I am now mixing things up with another simple weeknight dinner: chilli chicken soycurls! A spicy crispy indo-Chinese dish with a savory spicy sticky sauce that is just lightly sweet and pretty spicy.
Soy curls are available easily in the US. There are similar options in other countries that have different names. You don’t want to use the very meaty Soy chunks but the thinner chicken like alternatives if available. If they aren’t available, use seitan or other chicken subs or use tofu! See notes for alternatives.

Indo Chinese Soy Curls in a skillet

What is Indo Chinese Cuisine?

Indo Chinese cuisine is an Indianized cuisine adapted from Chinese cuisine. There are also creative dishes that developed over time without necessarily being inspired from any cuisine. The Indianization adds loads of ginger garlic and green chilies to recipes. Fresh and cooked green chilies often make a prominent appearance. In India, people prefer things more savory and with more heat so the sauces also often are  less sweet than in the westernized asian sauces or Chinese cuisine.

overhead shot of vegan chili chicken sprinkled with chopped green onions

The sauce base has ginger garlic and green chilies and the sauce uses soy sauce ketchup and red chili sauce. A mix of green chilies and vinegar add the amazing restaurant like flavor. If you have the Indian green chili sauce, you can use that instead of the green chili vinegar mix. Serve this my Indo-Chinese fried rice, plain rice, make a spread with the chilli tofu, Gobi manchurian, dragon chikin.

I love cooking with soy curls – they provide such a satisfying texture. Note that they are not the same as soy chunks that are chewier and take much longer to cook. They are made with whole non-gmo soybeans and you can find them in some stores or order them online on amazon. See recipe notes for substitution.

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Chili Chicken With Soycurls (An Indo-Chinese Recipe)

Indo Chinese Chili Chicken Soycurls make for an amazing weeknight dinner! Chewy, marinated soy curls in a sweet, spicy and sticky stir-fry sauce made with a simple homemade green chili paste. Gluten-free. 

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time50 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indo Chinese

Keyword: soy curl recipes

Servings: 4

Calories: 193kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the soy curl chicken:

  • 4 ounces (115 g) dried soy curls
  • 2 cups (350 ml) broth
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2.5 tablespoons of cornstarch

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 green chilies hot such as serrano or Indian chilies, or use mild green chilies, you can use 1 mild green chili such as anaheim
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro/coriander stems reserve the leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or white onion
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped into 3/4 inch pieces or sliced
  • 2 tablespoons white parts of the green onion reserve the green parts for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari for Glutenfree
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or red asian chili sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or use 1/4 teaspoon for less heat
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed in 1/2 cup of water
  • green onion and cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • For the soy curls: Soak the soycurls warm broth or water for 10 minutes or until they are fully soaked. Then drain and press slightly to remove just a bit of the excess liquid.

  • Transfer to a bowl, add the soy sauce, black pepper, and oil and toss well. Then add the cornstarch and toss well to coat.

  • Spread the soycurls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes or until crisp.

  • Make the sauce: add oil to a skillet over medium heat then add the garlic and ginger and cook until the garlic starts to turn golden in some edges.

  • Meanwhile, mince the green chilies and mix with the vinegar, or blend the green chilies with the vinegar into a paste. (Or use 1-2 tbsp Indian green chili sauce )

  • Then add this mixture to the skillet with garlic and ginger cooking. Mix well. Cook for a few seconds then add in the onion, bell pepper, green onion, coriander stems, and salt and mix well. Increase the heat to medium high and cook for 3-4 minutes.

  • Then add the soy sauce, ketchup, white pepper, sugar, cayenne, and mix.

  • Add the cornstarch slurry which is the 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water and mix in. (For saucier use 1 cup water)

  • Once the mixture starts to thicken, add in your baked soycurls and toss well to coat. Then switch off the heat.

  • Taste and adjust salt sweet and heat. Garnish with the green onion and cilantro and serve over rice.

Notes

  • Soycurls substitute: tofu: cube 10 ounces of tofu into small cubes after pressing for 15 minutes. Then toss in the soy sauce and black pepper and then add the cornstarch then bake until the tofu is somewhat crispy and then add it in the end when the sauce is thickening.
  • soycurl subs: You can also use 6-7 oz Seitan or other vegan chicken subs or use vegetables such as cauliflower.  
  • I like to use hot chilies such as serrano or Indian chilies but you can use a milder kind of green chilies or a mix, eg 1 mild green chili such as anaheim mixed with one serrano

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Chili Chicken With Soycurls (An Indo-Chinese Recipe)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 193
Calories from Fat 27

% Daily Value*

Fat 3g5%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 878mg38%

Potassium 177mg5%

Carbohydrates 25g8%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 9g10%

Protein 15g30%

Vitamin A 196IU4%

Vitamin C 30mg36%

Calcium 113mg11%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ingredients needed for vegan chilli chicken on a marble slate.

Ingredients:

  • rehydrated dried soy curls serve as a stand-in for the chicken
  • the soy curls are coated with a mix of  soy sauce, black pepper and cornstarch, then baked
  • sauteed garlic and ginger form the base of the chili sauce
  • green chiles are blended with vinegar for a quick homemade green chile paste
  • onion, bell pepper, green onion, and cilantro stems are added for that fresh flavor
  • the sauce is a tangy-sweet blend of soy sauce, sambal oelek and ketchup as well as maple syrup or sugar
  • a bit of cayenne pepper adds extra heat but you can add more or less according to your tolerance
  • a cornstarch slurry is used to thicken the sauce

Tips:

  • Soycurls substitute: tofu: cube 10 ounces of tofu into small cubes after pressing for 15 minutes. Then toss in the soy sauce and black pepper and then add the cornstarch then bake until the tofu is somewhat crispy and then add it in the end when the sauce is thickening.
  • You can also use 6-7 oz Seitan or other vegan chicken subs or use vegetables such as cauliflower.
  • I like to use hot chilies such as serrano or Indian chilies but you can use a milder kind of green chilies or a mix, eg 1 mild green chili such as anaheim mixed with one serrano
  • Soy Curls come dry and need to be rehydrated and cooked in order to enjoy them. They will increase in size quite a bit as they soak.
  • Sometimes soy curls absorb a lot of liquid and sometimes they absorb just enough. If they absorb too much sauce you might want to add some more broth so they are well saturated.

How to make Indo Chinese Vegan Chilli Chicken Stir-fry

soaked vegan soycurls in a white plate

For the soy curls: Soak the soycurls in 2 cup of warm broth or water for 10 minutes or until they are fully soaked. Then drain and press slightly to remove just a bit of the excess liquid.

Transfer to a bowl, add the soy sauce and black pepper and oil and toss well. Then add the cornstarch and toss well to coat.

soaked vegan marinated soy curls in a white bowl

Spread the soycurls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes or until crisp.

 baked vegan soy curls on a baking sheet

garlic and ginger in a sauteeing pan

Make the sauce: add oil to a skillet over medium heat then add the garlic and ginger and cook until the garlic starts to turn golden in some edges.

sliced onion and green bell peppers in a sauteeing pan

Meanwhile, mince the green chilies and mix with the vinegar, or blend the green chilies with the vinegar into a paste. (Or use 1-2 tbsp Indian green chili sauce ).

Then add this mixture to the skillet with garlic and ginger cooking. Mix well. Cook for a few  seconds then add in the onion, bell pepper, green onion, cilantro/coriander stems, and salt and mix well.

sliced onion and green chili in a black sauteeing pan

Increase the heat to medium high and cook for 3-4 minutes.

black sauteeing pan with sauteed bell peppers, green chillies, garlic and ginger

Then add the soy sauce, ketchup, white pepper, sugar, cayenne, and mix.

sauce ingredients being added to skillet to make Indo Chinese Chilli sauce

Add the cornstarch slurry which is the 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water and mix in.

spicy Indo Chinese green chilli sauce in a skillet

Once the mixture starts to thicken, add in your baked soy curls and toss well to coat. Then switch off the heat.

soy curls being added to skillet with chilli sauce

Garnish with the green onion and cilantro and serve over rice.

baked soy curls being tossed in green chilli sauce

These soy curls are crispiest when just baked , so toss in the sauce and serve immediately. However, even if you do serve them a bit later, the texture will still be great and it make for a fabulous meal. Feel free to re-heat adding some more broth.

Indo Chinese Soy Curl chilli Chicken in a skillet sprinkled with green onions

Storage:

Store refrigerated in a closed container for upto 4 days.

How to serve chilli chicken soycurls

Serve this my Indo-Chinese fried rice, plain rice, make a spread with the chilli tofu, Gobi manchurian, dragon chikin.

side view of vegan soy curl chilli chicken in a white bowl

a plate of vegan Indo Chinese chilli chicken served over rice

 

 

Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls

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Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls – Vegan Richa

Indo Chinese Soy Curls in a skillet

Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls – Vegan Richa

Indo-Chinese Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls make for an amazing weeknight dinner that is easy to make! Chewy, marinated soy curls in a ginger garlic green chili sauce is perfect weeknight takeout sub! Made with a simple homemade green chili paste. Nutfree. Glutenfree.

vegan chili chicken served with a fork on the side

I seem to be on sort of Indo Chinese kick! After my fiery Dragon Chicken Soy Curls,  I am now mixing things up with another simple weeknight dinner: chilli chicken soycurls! A spicy crispy indo-Chinese dish with a savory spicy sticky sauce that is just lightly sweet and pretty spicy.
Soy curls are available easily in the US. There are similar options in other countries that have different names. You don’t want to use the very meaty Soy chunks but the thinner chicken like alternatives if available. If they aren’t available, use seitan or other chicken subs or use tofu! See notes for alternatives.

Indo Chinese Soy Curls in a skillet

What is Indo Chinese Cuisine?

Indo Chinese cuisine is an Indianized cuisine adapted from Chinese cuisine. There are also creative dishes that developed over time without necessarily being inspired from any cuisine. The Indianization adds loads of ginger garlic and green chilies to recipes. Fresh and cooked green chilies often make a prominent appearance. In India, people prefer things more savory and with more heat so the sauces also often are  less sweet than in the westernized asian sauces or Chinese cuisine.

overhead shot of vegan chili chicken sprinkled with chopped green onions

The sauce base has ginger garlic and green chilies and the sauce uses soy sauce ketchup and red chili sauce. A mix of green chilies and vinegar add the amazing restaurant like flavor. If you have the Indian green chili sauce, you can use that instead of the green chili vinegar mix. Serve this my Indo-Chinese fried rice, plain rice, make a spread with the chilli tofu, Gobi manchurian, dragon chikin.

I love cooking with soy curls – they provide such a satisfying texture. Note that they are not the same as soy chunks that are chewier and take much longer to cook. They are made with whole non-gmo soybeans and you can find them in some stores or order them online on amazon. See recipe notes for substitution.

side view of vegan chili chicken sprinkled with green onions

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Chili Chicken With Soycurls (An Indo-Chinese Recipe)

Indo Chinese Chili Chicken Soycurls make for an amazing weeknight dinner! Chewy, marinated soy curls in a sweet, spicy and sticky stir-fry sauce made with a simple homemade green chili paste. Gluten-free. 

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time50 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indo Chinese

Keyword: soy curl recipes

Servings: 4

Calories: 193kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the soy curl chicken:

  • 4 ounces (115 g) dried soy curls
  • 2 cups (350 ml) broth
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2.5 tablespoons of cornstarch

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 green chilies hot such as serrano or Indian chilies, or use mild green chilies, you can use 1 mild green chili such as anaheim
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro/coriander stems reserve the leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or white onion
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped into 3/4 inch pieces or sliced
  • 2 tablespoons white parts of the green onion reserve the green parts for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari for Glutenfree
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or red asian chili sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or use 1/4 teaspoon for less heat
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed in 1/2 cup of water
  • green onion and cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • For the soy curls: Soak the soycurls warm broth or water for 10 minutes or until they are fully soaked. Then drain and press slightly to remove just a bit of the excess liquid.

  • Transfer to a bowl, add the soy sauce, black pepper, and oil and toss well. Then add the cornstarch and toss well to coat.

  • Spread the soycurls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes or until crisp.

  • Make the sauce: add oil to a skillet over medium heat then add the garlic and ginger and cook until the garlic starts to turn golden in some edges.

  • Meanwhile, mince the green chilies and mix with the vinegar, or blend the green chilies with the vinegar into a paste. (Or use 1-2 tbsp Indian green chili sauce )

  • Then add this mixture to the skillet with garlic and ginger cooking. Mix well. Cook for a few seconds then add in the onion, bell pepper, green onion, coriander stems, and salt and mix well. Increase the heat to medium high and cook for 3-4 minutes.

  • Then add the soy sauce, ketchup, white pepper, sugar, cayenne, and mix.

  • Add the cornstarch slurry which is the 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water and mix in. (For saucier use 1 cup water)

  • Once the mixture starts to thicken, add in your baked soycurls and toss well to coat. Then switch off the heat.

  • Taste and adjust salt sweet and heat. Garnish with the green onion and cilantro and serve over rice.

Notes

  • Soycurls substitute: tofu: cube 10 ounces of tofu into small cubes after pressing for 15 minutes. Then toss in the soy sauce and black pepper and then add the cornstarch then bake until the tofu is somewhat crispy and then add it in the end when the sauce is thickening.
  • soycurl subs: You can also use 6-7 oz Seitan or other vegan chicken subs or use vegetables such as cauliflower.  
  • I like to use hot chilies such as serrano or Indian chilies but you can use a milder kind of green chilies or a mix, eg 1 mild green chili such as anaheim mixed with one serrano

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Chili Chicken With Soycurls (An Indo-Chinese Recipe)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 193
Calories from Fat 27

% Daily Value*

Fat 3g5%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 878mg38%

Potassium 177mg5%

Carbohydrates 25g8%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 9g10%

Protein 15g30%

Vitamin A 196IU4%

Vitamin C 30mg36%

Calcium 113mg11%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ingredients needed for vegan chilli chicken on a marble slate.

Ingredients:

  • rehydrated dried soy curls serve as a stand-in for the chicken
  • the soy curls are coated with a mix of  soy sauce, black pepper and cornstarch, then baked
  • sauteed garlic and ginger form the base of the chili sauce
  • green chiles are blended with vinegar for a quick homemade green chile paste
  • onion, bell pepper, green onion, and cilantro stems are added for that fresh flavor
  • the sauce is a tangy-sweet blend of soy sauce, sambal oelek and ketchup as well as maple syrup or sugar
  • a bit of cayenne pepper adds extra heat but you can add more or less according to your tolerance
  • a cornstarch slurry is used to thicken the sauce

Tips:

  • Soycurls substitute: tofu: cube 10 ounces of tofu into small cubes after pressing for 15 minutes. Then toss in the soy sauce and black pepper and then add the cornstarch then bake until the tofu is somewhat crispy and then add it in the end when the sauce is thickening.
  • You can also use 6-7 oz Seitan or other vegan chicken subs or use vegetables such as cauliflower.
  • I like to use hot chilies such as serrano or Indian chilies but you can use a milder kind of green chilies or a mix, eg 1 mild green chili such as anaheim mixed with one serrano
  • Soy Curls come dry and need to be rehydrated and cooked in order to enjoy them. They will increase in size quite a bit as they soak.
  • Sometimes soy curls absorb a lot of liquid and sometimes they absorb just enough. If they absorb too much sauce you might want to add some more broth so they are well saturated.

How to make Indo Chinese Vegan Chilli Chicken Stir-fry

soaked vegan soycurls in a white plate

For the soy curls: Soak the soycurls in 2 cup of warm broth or water for 10 minutes or until they are fully soaked. Then drain and press slightly to remove just a bit of the excess liquid.

Transfer to a bowl, add the soy sauce and black pepper and oil and toss well. Then add the cornstarch and toss well to coat.

soaked vegan marinated soy curls in a white bowl

Spread the soycurls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 C) degrees celsius for 15-20 minutes or until crisp.

 baked vegan soy curls on a baking sheet

garlic and ginger in a sauteeing pan

Make the sauce: add oil to a skillet over medium heat then add the garlic and ginger and cook until the garlic starts to turn golden in some edges.

sliced onion and green bell peppers in a sauteeing pan

Meanwhile, mince the green chilies and mix with the vinegar, or blend the green chilies with the vinegar into a paste. (Or use 1-2 tbsp Indian green chili sauce ).

Then add this mixture to the skillet with garlic and ginger cooking. Mix well. Cook for a few  seconds then add in the onion, bell pepper, green onion, cilantro/coriander stems, and salt and mix well.

sliced onion and green chili in a black sauteeing pan

Increase the heat to medium high and cook for 3-4 minutes.

black sauteeing pan with sauteed bell peppers, green chillies, garlic and ginger

Then add the soy sauce, ketchup, white pepper, sugar, cayenne, and mix.

sauce ingredients being added to skillet to make Indo Chinese Chilli sauce

Add the cornstarch slurry which is the 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water and mix in.

spicy Indo Chinese green chilli sauce in a skillet

Once the mixture starts to thicken, add in your baked soy curls and toss well to coat. Then switch off the heat.

soy curls being added to skillet with chilli sauce

Garnish with the green onion and cilantro and serve over rice.

baked soy curls being tossed in green chilli sauce

These soy curls are crispiest when just baked , so toss in the sauce and serve immediately. However, even if you do serve them a bit later, the texture will still be great and it make for a fabulous meal. Feel free to re-heat adding some more broth.

Indo Chinese Soy Curl chilli Chicken in a skillet sprinkled with green onions

Storage:

Store refrigerated in a closed container for upto 4 days.

How to serve chilli chicken soycurls

Serve this my Indo-Chinese fried rice, plain rice, make a spread with the chilli tofu, Gobi manchurian, dragon chikin.

side view of vegan soy curl chilli chicken in a white bowl

a plate of vegan Indo Chinese chilli chicken served over rice

 

 

Vegan Chilli Chicken Soycurls