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Carolina Barbecue Seitan Wings

Of all the recipes I’ve developed, these seitan wings are my husband’s favorite. This is the easiest seitan recipe in the world, and every time my husband realizes what I am making, he turns giddy.

Tossed in my version of the classic, mustard-heavy barbecue sauce from South Carolina, these seitan wings will melt in your mouth. 

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Reprinted with permission from Southern Vegan by Lauren Hartmann, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020.

Servings
6

Ingredients

Seitan wings

  • 2 cups (288 g) vital wheat gluten 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp (8 g) salt
  • 1 1⁄4 cups (300 ml) vegetable broth 
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil 
  • Finely chopped fresh chives (optional) 

Mustard barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup (240 ml) tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) apple cider vinegar 
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup 
  • 1⁄4 cup (64 g) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp (9 g) vegan brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper 

Preparation

1. To make the seitan wings, stir together the vital wheat gluten, garlic powder and salt in a large bowl.

2. Slowly stir in the broth, and when the gluten becomes too hard to stir, knead it with your hands until the seitan comes together and forms a ball.

3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Pull tiny pieces of seitan from the dough ball and drop them in the water. Continue this process until all the dough is used. (The seitan will expand; the smaller the pieces you pull off, the better.)

4. Boil the seitan, reducing the heat if needed, for 30 minutes. Drain the pot and let the seitan cool completely.

4. While the seitan cools, preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C).

5. When the seitan pieces are cool enough to handle, squeeze as much liquid out of them as possible with your hands. Place the wings on a medium baking sheet. Drizzle the oil onto the wings and toss to coat them.

6. Bake the wings for 20 minutes, flip them and bake for 20 to 25 minutes more, or until they are brown and firm.

7. When the wings are almost done, make the barbecue sauce. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the tomato sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Remove the saucepan from the heat

8. When the wings are done, toss them in the barbecue sauce and serve them topped with the chives (if using).