Chicken Nuggets Made with Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

A Vegan Alternative for Chicken Nuggets: Lion’s Mane Mushroom Delight
July 5, 2024
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Chicken Nuggets Made with Lion’s Mane Mushrooms & Grilled Asparagus

Prepare to be blown away by this Vegan Chicken Nuggets recipe! These nuggets are crispy and crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, with an amazing pull-apart texture that mimics chicken perfectly. The star ingredient is lion’s mane mushroom, a medicinal fungus renowned for its cognitive and immune-boosting properties and a staple in Asian medicine. The mushrooms are coated in a crispy breadcrumb mixture and can be baked, air-fried, or pan-fried to suit your preference. These might just be the best nuggets you’ll ever try!

Lion’s mane mushrooms provide a meaty texture that is both satisfying and nutritious. This recipe is ideal for those looking for a delicious plant-based alternative to traditional chicken nuggets. Whether you’re serving them to kids, at a party, or enjoying them as a snack, these vegan nuggets are sure to be a hit.

Chicken Nuggets Made with Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

This Vegan Chicken Nuggets recipe features lion's mane mushrooms, known for their health benefits and meaty texture. Coated in a crispy breadcrumb mixture and baked, air-fried, or pan-fried, these nuggets offer a delicious, plant-based alternative to traditional chicken nuggets. Enjoy them with your favorite dipping sauce and sides like air-fried potatoes and butternut squash for a healthy, satisfying meal.
Servings 2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 lb lion’s mane mushrooms
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • Salt pepper, sumac (to taste)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs you can add some dried herbs and nutritional yeast to the breadcrumb mixture
  • Olive oil optional, if using


Prep & Coat the Lion's Mane Mushrooms:

  • Cut the lion's mane mushrooms into nugget-sized pieces. While I prefer not to wash my lion's mane mushrooms, you can clean them using a damp paper towel if desired.
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs and add your spices (salt, pepper, sumac). In another bowl, prepare the breadcrumbs.
  • Coat the Mushrooms: Dip each mushroom piece into the egg mixture, then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture until evenly coated.

Cook the Vegan Chicken Nuggets (choose one method):

Oven Method:

    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
    • Place the coated mushrooms on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until they are evenly browned and crispy.

    Air-Fryer Method:

    • Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (188°C).
    • Air-fry the nuggets in a single layer for 8 minutes. Flip, spray with more oil to cover any dry spots, and air-fry for another 4–8 minutes, until they are evenly browned and crispy.

    Frying Method:

    • In a large skillet, heat about ½ inch of oil. To test if the oil is ready, drop a small piece into the oil. If it bubbles, the oil is hot enough.
    • Working in batches, carefully place the nuggets into the oil in a single layer. Fry for a couple of minutes per side until golden, then flip and fry for a couple of minutes more. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.


    • Enjoy your vegan chicken nuggets with your favorite dipping sauce. I recommend a homemade tomato sauce made with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, and spices.
    • For a complete meal, serve with air-fried potatoes and butternut squash for a healthier take on the classic "chicken and fries."



    • Texture: Lion’s mane mushrooms offer a convincing chicken-like texture. This recipe highlights the versatility of this mushroom beyond traditional tofu-based vegan nuggets.
    • Cleaning Mushrooms: Avoid soaking lion’s mane mushrooms in water as they can become too soggy. Instead, clean them gently with a damp paper towel.
    • Oil Usage: While oil spray can enhance crispiness, the nuggets are still delicious without any oil coating.
    • Availability: Lion’s mane mushrooms are increasingly available in major grocery stores, farmers’ markets, international stores, and online. If you’re new to lion’s mane, check out my other recipes, like Lion’s Mane Steak on Creamy Polenta.
    These vegan chicken nuggets are perfect for anyone looking for a delicious, plant-based alternative with a fantastic texture and taste. Enjoy making them on repeat for family and friends!
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    “This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.”


    Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 20gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 512mgPotassium: 886mgFiber: 7gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 356IUCalcium: 140mgIron: 5mg
    Author: Marzi
    Calories: 387kcal
    Course: dinner, lunch
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Chicken Nugget, Lion’s mane, Mushroom, vegan

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    1. Leyla Mans says:

      I love mushrooms and I use mushrooms in most of my cooking, so Love to get new recipes.

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