Vegan Chicken Florentine – Vegan Richa


This Vegan Chicken Florentine features soycurls simmered with fresh spinach in a creamy garlic cashew sauce to create a delicious and filling dish that tastes amazing on cauliflower steak, pasta, or as a sandwich filling! Plant-based,  and family-friendly. gluten-free. Options for nutfree and soy free

soycurl florentine in a black skillet

 

Vegan Chicken Florentine aka Soycurl Florentine is my new favorite dinner! Florentine sauce is a creamy spinach sauce that’s typically made with wine, cream and butter.

This is my vegan take on Florentine using soy curls instead of chicken. I also add some mushrooms to the sauce to up the umami. I wanted the creamy cashew sauce for my Vegan Chicken Florentine to be thick, super creamy, and very flavorful so we add a lot of herbs and garlic to round out the flavors.

overhead shot of a cauliflower steak topped with soycurl florentine

Why you’ll love this Florentine

  • its perfect comfort food
  • it uses everyday pantry ingredients
  • the creamy cheesy sauce with mushrooms and soycurls for vegan Chikin sub, is very versatile
  • it is gluten-free and vegan
  • Options for nutfree and soy free are in the notes section

soycurl florentine served on a cauliflower steak on a white plate

More Soycurl Recipes:

Print Recipe

Vegan Chicken Florentine with soycurls

This vegan Florentine features soycurls simmered with fresh spinach in a creamy garlic cashew sauce to create a delicious and filling dish that tastes amazing on cauliflower steak, pasta, or as a sandwich filling! Plant-based, Glutenfree and family-friendly

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time25 mins

Total Time40 mins

Course: dinner

Cuisine: American, Italian

Keyword: soy curl florentine, vegan chicken florentine

Servings: 4

Calories: 291kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 3 oz (85 g) dried soy curls
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 2 cups (475 ml) chicken flavor broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch or tapioca starch

For the cream sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter or oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 oz quartered white or cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon mirin or ¼ cup of white wine
  • ¾ cup raw cashews see note for Nutfree
  • 2 cups (475 ml) water or broth
  • 2 teaspoons yellow miso chickpea miso for Soyfree
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt , less or more based on salt content of the liquid in the recipe
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1 cup frozen spinach or a mix of frozen and fresh baby spinach (5-6 oz)
  • Pepper flakes for garnish

Instructions

  • Soak your soy curls in warmed chicken flavor stock for 15 minutes. You can use 4 ounces to make a really thick dish; I prefer to use 3 oz as the soy curls absorb a lot of water,

  • Once they have soaked, drain but do not dispose of the stock, reserve it for later. Press lightly while draining to remove excess moisture.

  • Then put it in a bowl and add the salt, black pepper and corn starch to the soy curls, mix well to coat and set aside.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet. once hot add the soy curls and cook until the soy curls are golden on the edges. Then transfer them to a plate.

  • Make the sauce: blend the cashews, water and miso until they are very smooth. I usually blend it for 1 minute then let it sit for 5 minutes and blend again. Repeat this 2-3 times until the cashews are blended well.

  • Heat the vegan butter in the same large skillet. Once hot add the onion, garlic and cook until the onion are starting to turn golden. Add the mushrooms and mix in.

  • Cook for a 3-4 minutes. If mushrooms are starting to dry out add a splash of water. Once the mushrooms are starting to turn golden add the white wine or mirin, and mix in.

  • Then add blended cashews into the skillet and add the nutritional yeast, parsley, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes and mix in. Let the cashew cream come to a boil and starts to thicken.

  • Add the spinach and mix in. Taste and adjust salt and flavor.

  • Add in the soy curls, mix in and bring to a good simmer. Soy curls will absorb a lot of liquid and the cream might thicken a lot. Add in your reserved broth, ¼ cup at a time to thin it out to preferences  and once it has simmered for a minute consistently, switch it off and take off the heat.

  • Garnish with pepper flakes and serve with noodles/pasta, baked potato, grilled or seared cauliflower steak.

  • You can also make sandwiches with the florentine. Once the sauce has thickened it makes great Open faced or grilled sandwiches. Or add it to a pita bread or wrap, the options are endless.

Notes

To make this without soy, use other vegan chicken of choice or seitan. You don’t need to soak those options in the stock, just toss them with the salt, pepper and corn starch and crisp them a little bit then continue with the rest of the recipe. 
You can also make this with ingredients like tempeh or chickpeas.  add more mushrooms to balance out the overall flavor and texture. Use Chickpea miso for Soyfree miso. 
To make this Nutfree: add 2 tablespoons flour to the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Then add in 1/2 cup unsweetened non dairy milk and mix in until the flour mixes in. Then add 1.5 cups non dairy milk and cook to thicken. 
You can also sub the cashew cream with  5 oz silken tofu , or  1/3 cup vegan cream cheese and blend with the water. 

Onion garlic free: Omit the onion and garlic. Use chopped zucchini instead of onion. Add 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1 teaspoon miso instead of garlic 
Oilfree: Bake the soycurls at 400 deg f for 15-20 mins. Use broth to sauté the onion and mushroom and proceed 
Mushroom free: omit the mushrooms and add 1 oz more soycurls and 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Chicken Florentine with soycurls

Amount Per Serving

Calories 291
Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Fat 17g26%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 698mg30%

Potassium 483mg14%

Carbohydrates 23g8%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 18g36%

Vitamin A 746IU15%

Vitamin C 4mg5%

Calcium 81mg8%

Iron 4mg22%

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

soycurl florentine served on a cauliflower steak

Ingredients:

  • soy curls soaked in chicken flavor broth, then coated in seasoned cornstarch and panfried in oil
  • the base for the creamy sauce are soaked raw cashews which are blended with miso
  • garlic and onion are sauteed in vegan butter to get the sauce  started
  • mushrooms – cremini are my first choice here
  • I use mirin or ¼ cup of white wine to deglaze the pan. This adds a refreshing acidity and depth of flavor. You can use more broth as a substitute
  • seasoning: I add dried parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes for heat. and nutritional yeast for that savory note
  • spinach: you can use fresh or frozen spinach or a mix of frozen and fresh baby spinach (5-6 oz)

 

Tips

  • To make this without soy, use other vegan chicken of choice. You don’t need to soak those options in the stock, just toss them with the salt, pepper, and corn starch and crisp them a little bit then continue with the rest of the recipe. You may also not need to add any more stock to the sauce, depending on how much liquid they absorb. Use chickpea miso instead of white miso
  • You can also make this with ingredients like tempeh or chickpeas. Then add more mushrooms to balance out the overall flavor and texture

ingredients needed for making soycurl florentine on a marble counter

How to make Vegan Soycurl Florentine:

Soak your soy curls in warmed chicken flavor stock for 15 minutes. You can use 4 ounces to make a really thick dish. As the soy curls absorb a lot of water, I prefer to use 3 ounces.

soaked soy curls being coated with cornstarch

Once they have soaked, drain but do not dispose of the stock, reserve it for later. Press lightly while draining to remove excess moisture.

Then put it in a bowl and add the salt, black pepper and corn starch to the soy curls, mix well to coat and set aside.

coated soycurl chunks in a glass bowl

soy chunks being fried in a black skillet

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet. once hot add the soy curls and cook until the soy curls are golden on the edges. Then transfer them to a plate.

fried soy curls being fried in a skillet

soaked cashews in a small container

cashew cream in a small container

Make the sauce: blend the cashews, water and miso until they are very smooth. I usually blend it for 1 minute then let it sit for 5 minutes and blend again. Repeat this 2-3 times until the cashews are blended well.

minced almond and garlic being sauteed in vegan butter

golden fried onion and garlic in a black skillet

Heat the vegan butter in the same large skillet. Once hot add the onion, garlic and cook until the onion are starting to turn golden. Add the mushrooms and mix in.

mushrooms being added to sauteed garlic and onion in a skillet

Cook for a 3-4 minutes, if they are starting to dry out add a splash of water. Once the mushrooms are starting to turn golden add the white wine or mirin, and mix in.

golden fried muhsrooms with garlic and onion in a skillet

Then add blended cashews into the skillet and add the nutritional yeast, parsley, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes and mix in. Let the cashew cream come to a boil and starts to thicken.

cashew cream being added to mushrooms to make florentine sauce

nutritional yeast being added to creamy mushrooms sauce

creamy mushroom sauce in a skillet

Add the spinach and mix in. Taste and adjust salt and flavor. If the cream is thickening too much add in your reserved broth, ¼ cup at a time.

fresh spinach being added to creamy mushroom sauce to make vegan florentine

 

creamy florentine sauce in a skillet

fried soycurls being added to pan with creamy florentine sauce

Add in the soy curls, mix in and bring to a good simmer. Soy curls will also absorb a lot of liquid and the cream might thicken a lot. use some of your reserved stock or some extra stock to thin it out to preferences and once it has simmered for a minute or two consistently, switch it off and take off the heat.

soycurl florentine in black skillet

Garnish with pepper flakes and serve with  noodles/pasta, baked potato, grilled or seared cauliflower steak.

Storage

Refrigerate in a closed container for upto 3 days. Reheat with more stock as the sauce would have thickened

cauliflower steak topped with vegan soycurl florentine sprinkled with red pepper flakes

You can also make sandwiches with it. Once the sauce has thickened it makes great Open faced or grilled sandwiches. Or add it to a pita bread or wrap, options are endless.

sandwich filled with soycurl florentine

cauliflower steak topped with soycurl florentine

 



Source link

Scroll to Top