Best substitute for chicken to make “chicken” salad?

My boyfriend LOVES chicken salad, and I’ve made it for him before using [this]( Turned out pretty good, but the veg chicken didn’t really soak up the juices (ended up with giant puddle of juices vs veg chicken competing in a bite) and I think there’s probably a better substitute that I could use. Has anyone made chicky salad using tempeh or tofu before and it turned out good? Thanks!

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  • Posted: November 8, 2018 20:20


    Just mix: crushed garbanzo beans, dill, celery, just mayo, black pepper, and a little lemon juice. Way better than trying to find a suitable chicken replacement.
  • Posted: November 8, 2018 20:20


    this is for fried "chicken", the texture was really good, I don't know if it would work for salad.. and there's jack fruit that seems to be a good alternative to chicken (it's been recommended to use young green jackfruit in brine or in water, and not the sweet ripe kind in syrup) I haven't tried it for salad.
  • Posted: November 8, 2018 20:20


    Beyond Meat chicken strips work well, but they are impossible to find right now.
  • Posted: November 8, 2018 20:20


    I use textured vegetable protein for most of my meaty recipes. Amazon sells large chunks of it that can be used as a chicken replacement. I’ve only ever used the small crumbles but it absorbs any sauce you put it in and takes its flavor. It’s great stuff and I bet the large chunks would be a good and cheap substitute!
  • Posted: November 8, 2018 20:20


    The single best meat substitute I've ever had was "Soy Curls"...they are literally just 100% soy that's been dehydrated. You rehydrate them in a marinade for whatever flavor you want (there are plenty of options for chicken flavor). Texture is spot on, holds an incredible amount of flavor. There are very few stores that sell them but you can find them easily online (Amazon carries it).