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Sambal Oelek Seitan Wings

A basic hot wing sauce gets its punch from sambal oelek. Serve the wings hot with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.


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1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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1 cup vital wheat gluten
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½ cup plus 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface
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1 ¼ tsp. garlic powder, divided
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1 ¼ tsp. onion powder, divided
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¼ tsp. poultry seasoning
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⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
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1 tsp. sambal oelek
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1 Tbs. vegetable oil
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4 ¾ cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided

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⅓ cup sambal oelek
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¼ cup butter or margarine
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1 tsp. cider vinegar or unseasoned rice vinegar


1. To make Wings: Combine 3/4 cup broth and soy sauce in small bowl; set aside.

2. Stir together vital wheat gluten, 2 Tbs. flour, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. onion powder, poultry seasoning, and pepper in bowl. Stir in broth mixture until soft dough comes together. Transfer to flour-dusted work surface, dust top with flour, and flatten to 9- x 4-inch rectangle. Cut rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut each piece crosswise into 12 short strips.

3. Bring remaining 4 cups broth, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion powder, and sambal oelek to a boil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add seitan pieces, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes. Drain seitan pieces, and cool. (Discard or reserve broth for another use.)

4. To make Sauce: bring all ingredients to a simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat, and set aside.

5. Combine 1 tsp. Sauce with vegetable oil in medium bowl. Add seitan pieces, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup flour, and toss until all pieces are coated with flour.

6. Preheat oven to broil. Lay seitan pieces in single layer on baking sheet. Broil 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned and crisp-looking, turning once.

7. Transfer hot seitan pieces to bowl, and toss with Sauce.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
3 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
5 g
5 mg
118 mg
<1 g
<1 g
Makes 24 pieces

Comments on this Recipe

Should be noted that sambal oelek may contain fish sauce. Just FYI.

just finished a batch of these and they are great! leave them under the broiler to get some crunchy edges. The sauce is very tasty as well.

These were delicious! Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Not too much trouble to make either! I might try it with Franks next time.

The leftover broth thickens up and can be used as a vegetarian gravy