Fortunate for the vegan-inclined, there are impossibly tasty hen sandwiches past Popeyes and Chick-fil-A, and no animals have been harmed within the making of them. Not solely are these 17 vegan twists on the basic hen sandwich higher for you, however they’re a lot kinder selections for the animals and the planet, too. And for those who suppose you’ll be sacrificing style or texture by biting into one in every of these unhealthy boys, you’d be improper. Convey a good friend and a serviette—your style buds (and your worldview) won’t ever be the identical once more.


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1. Atlas Monroe, a number of areas

This soul meals pop-up could have engineered the proper fried hen recipe, and it simply occurs to be plant-based. The corporate was not solely the primary vegan hen producer to enter the aggressive Nationwide Fried Rooster Competition in New Orleans in 2018, nevertheless it was additionally deemed Greatest Dish by Further Crispy editor Ryan Grim. The menu has expanded from buckets to buns—placing its finger-licking, crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside vegan hen between slices of bread. In between its sprawling pop-ups, Atlas Monroe markets its well-known hen on-line for nationwide transport. Cooks, to your dredging stations! There are a variety of orders to fill.  

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Veggie Grill

2. Veggie Grill, a number of areas

One of many earliest vegan eating places to compete within the hen sandwich video games, Veggie Grill’s signature menu merchandise rivals even the buzzy newcomers. For over a decade, Veggie Grill has been the place the place omnivores gently place their hand on their vegan good friend’s knee, look them within the eye, and say, “This isn’t vegan.” The chain’s new slogan ought to be, “Veggie Grill: efficiently duping omnivores since 2006.” The Sante Fe Chickin’ is a standout sandwich comprised of a juicy, meaty chickn’ patty, romaine, sliced tomato, pink onion, mashed avocado, and spicy mayo on a toasted wheat bun. Dare we are saying it rivals Wendy’s hen sandwich? Sure, sure we do. 

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3. Slutty Vegan, Atlanta, GA

It’s extra than simply the identify that draws consideration; the meals at this Atlanta fast-food idea is equally headline-grabbing. Go for the Chik’N Head which affords a candy and savory sandwich expertise—the housemade crispy plant-based hen is tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce, cooled down with a slather of vegan ranch and coleslaw, balanced with a little bit of acid from just a few pickles, and held between two barely candy and fluffy Hawaiian buns. As with all of its sandwiches, this handhold is served with a aspect of Slutty Fries.

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4. Berben and Wolff’s, Albany, NY & Troy, NY

Folks drive from the town and even neighboring states to get a style of this upstate vegan sandwich store, which simply opened its second location. Whereas it might be troublesome to cross up the plant-based renditions of Po’Boys, Reubens, and Cubanos, the deli’s model of a fried hen sandwich doesn’t disappoint. Order the Wing Burger doused together with your selection of buffalo or barbecue sauce then topped with shredded carrots, celery, and ranch on a sesame seed bun. It’s like a basket of hen wings in sandwich kind.

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5. Inexperienced New American Vegetarian, Phoenix, AZ

A play on a sure fast-food chain that includes a red-headed feminine mascot, the Wendy’s Pickle sandwich outshines the unique. With only some pickles, scorching sauce, and mayo to accompany it, the southern-style breaded vegan hen patty is actually the star of the sandwich. The toasted ciabatta bread acts as the proper serving vessel. Order with one of many distinctive sides such because the thyme fries, fried brussels sprouts, tahini coleslaw, fruit, or Grandma’s Chili. 

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Souley Vegan

6. Souley Vegan, Oakland and Los Angeles, CA

If plain isn’t your sport, Souley Vegan’s Proud Mary would possibly simply fit your model. The sandwich begins off with a plant-based, crackly-yet-tender hen patty schmeared with particular sauce and barbecue sauce then topped with tomato slices and romaine. Okay, tremendous, nothing too particular right here. Beneath that hen, nevertheless, is a thick layer of crispy barbecue tofu, pickles, and extra particular sauce. This monstrosity is barely contained between a smooth cracked wheat burger bun. There are two methods to deal with this sandwich: take a knife and fork to it or unhinge your jaw. 

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Wayward Vegan Cafe

7. Wayward Vegan Cafe, Seattle, WA

Wayward is serving up basic American diner meals at its greatest—massive parts, reasonably priced costs, and a down-home environment. Right here, you may get your fried hen sandwich repair for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Within the morning, order The Freebird—an open-faced home made herb biscuit sandwich made with the diner’s signature battered and fried Southern-style hen, nation gravy, onion frizzles, and flowering kale. For lunch or dinner, attempt the Southern Consolation, Chico Vegan Soften, or Southern Belle which contains a beneficiant scoop of potato salad on high of a ranch and barbecue-slathered fried hen patty. Why not put your aspect in your sandwich?

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8. The Southern V, Nashville, TN

The nation music capital’s first vegan restaurant affords a little bit of Southern appeal together with an awesome fried hen sandwich. Diners have two choices—the dependable Chick’n Sandwich merely stacked with a seasoned and fried seitan-based hen cutlet, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion; or the ‘Nashville’ Sizzling Chick’n Sandwich that features all of the above with a considerably spicy scorching sauce. Pair your sandwich with a complimentary Southern-style aspect from mac and cheese to turnip greens. 

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9. J. Selby’s, St. Paul, MN

When it’s actually zero levels exterior, you want one thing spicy to heat you from the within out. J. Selby’s Nashville Sizzling Chickin Sandwich will set a hearth to your stomach, however not in an excruciating, my-tastebuds-are-gone, sort of manner. This scorching handhold consists of a wonderfully fried and battered, plant-based hen patty brushed with simply the correct quantity of housemade scorching sauce and topped with cooling coleslaw, candy pickles, and thick, mayo-swiped Texas toast. After this sandwich, you’ll marvel why extra eating places don’t use Texas toast for his or her bread. 

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10.  Lettuce Feast, Los Angeles, CA

Reality be informed, this vegan meals truck goes comparatively mild on the lettuce. It’s all about that crispy, crackly vegan fried hen. Wait patiently in line to your Nashville Sizzling Rooster Sando or OG Sando and take a look at the Ghost or Reaper dippers, for those who dare. Each are made with the corporate’s home made crispy hen patty and vegan butter bun—although the OG is paired with lettuce, tomato, and “honey” mustard, whereas the Nashville comes with slaw, ranch, and your selection of scorching sauce. Once more, there’s no must be a hero. The OG, Delicate, Medium, and Sizzling Honey sauces are spicy sufficient. Solely true heat-seekers ought to tackle the extra superior scorching sauce dipping choices. 

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Veltree

11. Veltree, Charlotte, NC

If Chef Velvet and Colonel Sanders squared off in a fried hen sandwich duel, there’s little doubt Chef Velvet’s vegan model would reign supreme. Her further crispy, plant-based fried hen breast is seasoned to perfection and wishes no adornment past a easy, squishy bun. Having made her mark in Charlotte, the chef crossed the nation to open one other soul delicacies spot in Los Angeles, shortening the identify to VTree and increasing the menu to incorporate a variety of meals consultant of the Southern Black diaspora. 

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12. Stefano’s Sandwiches, Toronto, Canada 

Compliments have a tendency to carry extra gravitas when coming from an omnivore, and when that omnivore occurs to be a star, you would possibly as properly name within the Michelin workforce handy out a star. Actor Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek fame gushed over this plant-based fried hen sandwich co-created by Discovery Channel host Ziya Tong. The restaurant sources its vegan hen from Barcelona-based firm Heura and coats it in Tong’s top-secret spice mix. The meaty filling is accompanied by preserved chilies, vegan mayo, shredded lettuce, and pickles all held collectively by a crusty ciabatta roll. 

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13. Trendy Love, Omaha, NE

Tofu is a trickster—you’d by no means know this succulent, fried patty was soy in disguise. Trendy Love’s tackle the basic pairs recent elements with golden-fried lusciousness and douses each side of its ciabatta bun with creamy vegan ranch. You heard proper—double ranch. Want we are saying extra? 

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14. HipCityVeg, a number of areas

Residents of Washington, DC and Philadelphia rejoice: this decadent sando is in your neck of the woods. Sink your tooth into the Crispy HipCity Ranch sandwich. It’s obtained all of the basic toppings—lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles—however the peppercorn ranch affords a pleasing contact of warmth with out transferring into Nashville scorching territory. Order the chain’s signature Banana Whip for a lightweight, candy finish to your meal. 

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The BeetBox Meals Truck

15. The BeetBox, Stillwater, OK

Arguably a few of the greatest meals comes from a truck. Launched by two younger vegan entrepreneurs craving consolation of their faculty city, this middle-of-America kitchen on wheels serves the very best vegan kitchen sandwiches round (and it’s not simply because they’re the one vegan idea round). Their chickenless sandwich menu permits patrons to customise their handhold with a wide range of sauces and warmth ranges. Dare to go spicy or slather on the Eat Mor Chkn sauce that can remind you of a sure non-vegan chain that’s closed on Sundays. This vegan hen sandwich is reworking Stillwater right into a vacation spot city. 

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Challenge Pollo

16. Challenge Pollo, a number of areas, TX

This chickenless hen chain does one factor, they usually do it proper. Every menu merchandise options crispy vegan hen in a method or one other, however we’re specializing in the mouthwatering array of sandwiches. Choices vary from primary (the Authentic Challenge) to fiery (Spicy Challenge) to baconified (The Deluxe). Vegan crispy hen sandwich with plant-based bacon and melty gouda cheese? Sure, please and thanks. 

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Herbie Butcher’s Fried Rooster

17. Herbie Butcher’s Fried Rooster, Minneapolis, MN

After 5 years of success, America’s first vegan butchery is increasing. The Herbivorous Butcher co-founders Kale and Aubry Walch aren’t opening one other normal butcher store, although. They’re leaping into the vegan fried hen market. Anticipate nothing lower than an limitless line of individuals spaced six ft aside through the opening weekend (Could 21-23). Convey a e-book or your Kindle, however the wait can be price it. 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews in addition to a author and runner dwelling in Orange County, CA.

Picture credit score: Lettuce Feast

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