Thanks to @icanyoucanvegan ! Link to her instagram and blog below!
Chicken Fried Jackfruit
- 1 20 oz. can jackfruit in brine
- enough oil for frying (ex: vegetable) doesn’t have to cover the whole chunk of jackfruit, but at least half
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 4-5 shakes of cayenne pepper to taste
- 4-5 shakes of oregano to taste
- red pepper flakes optional
- 1 cup almond milk or other non dairy milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
In a small bowl mix together the ingredients for the buttermilk and set aside
In another bowl of medium size, begin mixing together the breading ingredients and set aside
Add enough oil to a frying pan and turn on to medium low heat
Drain and rinse your jackfruit. Then on a cutting board, begin cutting parts of the jackfruit that are hard or contain seeds (see photo of scraps I discarded). You want to try and leave only the parts that are stringy or soft. This will help to provide a similar texture to chicken. I experimented with leaving the pieces as is and did not care for the texture
Once the other parts have been cut away, you should be left with pieces that you want to fry. Begin by dipping the jackfruit piece in the buttermilk mixture, then in the breading, BACK in the buttermilk, then in the breading again.
Once completed, add it to the hot frying pan. Note: you can add them one at a time, or wait until you’ve completed a handful of pieces to fry together.
If the oil in the pan does not fully cover the jackfruit pieces, keep an eye on them so that they can be rotated after 2-3 minutes. You will know if they’re ready when you touch them with your tongs and the outter breading has hardened and is crispy
Repeat until all jackfruit is fried
Once the jackfruit is fried, transfer to a plate with 3-4 layers of paper towels so that some of the oil can be absorbed. Allow them to cool for ~4 minutes before serving
Pair with your favorite dipping sauce (or not) and enjoy!