Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cornflake Fried Vegan Chicken with Smashed Potatoes and Peas


I must have been channeling Opie's Aunt Bee this week when I cooked up some cornflake fried vegan chicken with smashed potatoes and peas. This supper (and this is definitely a meal y'all should call supper like we do in the South) warmed us up in no time flat on a bitter Monday night.

This dish uses Match chicken, which is a soy and wheat protein product made right here in St. Louis. I purchase mine at Whole Foods, but don't feel left out if you're not local, you can also buy it from Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe. I haven't experimented much with Match, except for the divine BBQ pulled pork sandwich.

Match veganized the recipe for cornflake fried chicken from Gourmet magazine. You can search for other Match recipes by product, including vegan ground pork, Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, ground beef, crab, and ground chicken. This recipe is quick, easy, and fun to make, with all that smashing cornflakes and frying. Both cathartic and hedonistic! I used poultry seasoning rather than celery salt for the seasoning mixture. Next time I think I'll season the Match more heavily than a sprinkle, and increase the salt. I also cooked the chicken about 10 minutes total (5 minutes per side). You can add your own favorite spices. I also took the chef's advice on making Gourmet's smashed potatoes and peas, using Yukon Golds and vegan ingredients. Oh yeah. I guess Aunt Bee would say "I haven't had an experience like that since I was baptized."

26 comments:

  1. wow - vegan fried chicken looks great!

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  2. I always wanted to try something breaded with cornflakes because it looks so nice!

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  3. ohh I'm gonna have to try this. Cornflake chicken is what my grandma used to make me every monday night!

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  4. cornflake breaded "chicken"! yes, pleeeeeeeeease! i would totally put those smashed potatoes on top and eat it all together! wow!

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  5. If you keep cooking like that, Barney & Flyod are going to come over for supper!
    I love that kind of comfort food. Match sounds so interesting. What's it textured like (since I doubt I'll be finding any at my local grocer here). I'm super curious!

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  6. Now that's what I call a good-lookin' supper! I love the idea of using cornflakes in the coating for vegan fried chicken. And I'll have to check out the Match stuff from Cosmo's. I make a Cosmo's order every few months to keep my Teese in stock.

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  7. Hehe, this makes me think of what a vegan KFC would be like!
    I really wanna try the Match products for myself, too. The cafe I work at at my university served Match vegan turkey roasts for Thanksgiving, which I never was able to locate on the internet, but they were awesome. They've also made vegan meatloaf with Match products before...but unfortunately our vegan entrees are once in a blue moon, because there's only 2 vegans on my entire campus. Including me. (And those entrees, aside from yummy Match items, are usually bland and super oily and not worth the money.)

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  8. yay! that looks like something from one of my family dinners! last time i was in st.louis i went to the new whole foods and saw all the match products...why did i not buy them?? i'm crazy i guess! i really wanted to try the faux crab meat!

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  9. I made a similar product from my own "homemade" faux chicken but used whole wheat Panko on the out side. Nice to see someone else with a similar idea.

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  10. potatoes and peas!? wouldn't have tried it, but sounds like some wholesome goodness.

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  11. Thanks Pearl!

    Mihl, this was my first try at breading with cornflakes and it turned out great.

    Liz, let me know what you think! Maybe you can tinker with the seasoning so it will be like Grandma's.

    Jessy, that's a great idea. Potatoes go with everything.

    Shelly, Andy and Opie are welcome but I don't know about Barney and Floyd! Match comes in a big rectangular patty. You can pull it apart into pieces that have kind of a shredded texture. It's soft, but can be given a nice crispy exterior with frying. I'm looking forward to trying some more recipes.

    Bianca, I'd love to see how you'd cook up the fried Match with your Southern know how!

    Ruby Red Vegan, I'd assumed that there would be quite a vegan contingent on your college campus! Sorry to hear otherwise. Maybe you can try some Match and let me know what you cook up.

    Laura, I had the faux crab prepared by a restaurant, and it was actually too fishy for my taste! But that's just me. I think Match is sold at Dierberg's around here too.

    Jan, the panko is a great idea, and something I'm more likely to have around than cornflakes.

    Miss V, I know, the combo wouldn't have occured to me either!

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  12. The Match products sound really tempting - I need to get around to ordering more food online, the list is getting pretty long. It looks like a nice comfort food supper. By the way, we say supper up here too! I was confused when I first met "lunch and dinner" people :).

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  13. We must have been on the same channel - I just made chicken-fried mushrooms. That looks so good, I gotta try that Match stuff someday. :-)

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  14. That looks really good - I like the idea of using cornflakes instead of breadcrumbs!!

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  15. I hadn't heard of Match before, I might just have to order some, your meal looks delicious!

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  16. I've never heard of Match either, but damn, you sure did them proud with that dinner.

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  17. !!!!!!! That looks amazing!!!! Match sounds pretty sweet. wish i could find some over here... great meal! :)

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  18. OMG, how did I miss this amazing post?! My first experience with Match meats wasn't a good one, but these patties are making me want to give them another shot! The crispiness is killing me!

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  19. WOah this looks like heaven! Just like my Dad used to make!

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  20. Susan in Amherst, NHJune 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Smashed potatoes with peas -yeah!!! I'll have to try that. Were you channeling the Brit version of Shephard's pie and mushy peas, perhaps?! Have you ever tried making the smashed taters with canned/drained artichoke hearts (the type in water, not vinegar)? It's good!

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