How is it Wednesday already?! This first week of March is flying by and I can’t think of a better mid-week recipe than these extremely fun Chipotle Lime Chicken Taco Bowls. For those of you on Tik Tok, did you see seitan is trending this week?! I have never been more proud to be vegan and to already know what seitan is. Seitan is one of my favourite vegan things! But guess what? The origin of meat alternatives like seitan date back to Buddhist monks in ancient China, according to Vice. A lot of vegans currently might be used to making seitan with Vital Wheat Gluten, but the original seitan was created from a soaking and mixing process that removed the starch from the flour and develops strands of pure wheat gluten. Seitan is high in protein and has a “meaty” texture. And people on Tik Tok are (as the kids like to call it) “shook”!
I promise this whole story has a point. See, yesterday I made it my mission to learn the ancient way of making seitan, using only all-purpose flour and water. I followed the recipe by Taiwanese vegan chef @chez.jorge and also some tips from @futurelettuce on Tik Tok. The result was the best seitan I’ve made to date! Their method of twisting and tying the seitan in a knot before cooking makes it flaky and stringy instead of spongey/dense, which is often the case with poorly made seitan. This stuff is the real deal! So similar to chicken and perfect for shredding. My previous seitan recipes have been great for chopping and slicing, but weren’t really shreddable. So I was super pumped about this new method!
I am going to refer you to the videos by the trained chefs for the actual seitan, because the method is easiest explained through video – trust me!
However, if you don’t want to make the seitan from scratch, some substitutes you could use for this recipe are:
- jackfruit, shredded (approx 1 1/2 cups)
- tofu, crumbled (approx 1 1/2 cups)
- store-bought vegan chicken strips, chopped (approx 1 1/2 cups)
But I highly recommend trying the Tik Tok seitan recipe because its so great (and honestly pretty fun to make! Mmm stretchy flour…)
This recipe is pretty straight forward once you have the “meat” made. I recommend making a big batch of the meat to use for various recipes, and so you’ll have some on hand to make these Chipotle Lime Chicken Taco Bowls all week! Then, cook some rice, chop your corn tortillas for the “chips”, whisk up the sauce, and if you’re feeling fancy, make the tortilla bowls (which are so much easier than you think). Get your kids or partner to put all the garnishes in little bowls on the table and you’re good to go in under 30 mins!
I love love love taco night for families because each person can customize their own meal so easily. Just put all the toppings out on the table and let everyone be their own chef for the night! Thats what we did as kids and I have such fond memories.