Up here in Canada we’ve been watching all the lucky people in the US try out a new vegan Taco Bell menu item – a plant-based naked chicken chalupa. Since we couldn’t partake, we couldn’t wait to make it ourselves! If you’ve been wanting to try this like we have, share this with all your friends so you can all enjoy it too!
What is a naked chicken chalupa?
The Naked Chicken Chalupas don’t have a soft or crunchy taco shell, but instead, wrap the taco fixin’s in a “shell” of crispy fried chicken rolled in Mexican spices. It’s filled with lettuce, cheddar cheese and tomato, topped off by a cool avocado ranch dressing.
Okay, then what is a vegan naked chicken chalupa?!
Taking inspiration from Taco Bell, this vegan naked chicken chalupa is made with seitan “chicken” in a crunchy coating, pan-fried until golden and finished off with lettuce, diced tomatoes, and avocado aioli sauce.
I used Liv’s quick and easy seitan chicken recipe and used small chunks to roll out super flat. Then, they were breaded, fried and folded in half to make the “chicken” taco shell. Lastly, they were stuffed with lettuce and tomato and my own spin on a cashew avocado aioli.