Vegan Chicken Parmesan

This is the best vegan chicken parmesan, complete with a buttery, crispy coating and topped with marinara and melted vegan mozzarella. Learn how to make this easy vegan recipe for a simple and delicious meal.

A vegan chicken parmesan patty on a plate beside steamed broccoli and salad.

Having vegan chicken parmesan seems like an impossible thing, but I’m here to tell you, it’s not!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using chickpeas to make the patties, creates delicious texture and flavor
  • Breading cooked chickpea patties makes a crispy, flavor-infused crust
  • Topping patties with marina sauce and vegan mozzarella makes every bite delicious!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Chickpeas — You’ll need a 15-ounce can of chickpeas or 1 3/4 cup of cooked from scratch chickpeas.
  • Sweet potato — You’ll need 1 medium sweet potato (around 5 inches long and 2 inches wide).
  • Rolled oats — I like rolled oats best, otherwise referred to as old-fashioned oats.
  • Walnuts — If you don’t have walnuts you can substitute pecans or use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of almond flour.
  • Seasonings — You’ll need dehydrated onions, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, black pepper, and nutritional yeast flakes to season these patties.
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Black pepper
  • Bread crumbs — You can use regular or gluten-free bread crumbs.
  • Vegan Parmesan — Use storebought vegan parmesan or you can use homemade vegan parmesan.
  • Vegan Butter — Use any dairy-free vegan butter or margarine. You can substitute olive oil.
  • Plant-based milk — You can use soy milk, almond milk, etc, but make sure it’s plain (not vanilla) and unsweetened.
  • Marinara sauce — Make sure to use dairy-free marinara sauce.
  • Vegan mozzarella shreds — I prefer to use Follow Your Heart or Daiya Mozzarella Shreds.

How to Make Vegan Chicken Parmesan

  1. Create chickpea batter by combining and pulsing ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Add the seasonings and pulse again to combine.
  3. Form patties and cook in a skillet over medium heat to brown both sides.
  4. Bread and bake the patties to create a crispy outer crust.
  5. Top patties with marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella and bake until the cheese melts.
  6. Serve over pasta or as a sandwich.

Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions.

Step One: Create Chickpea Batter

  1. Place a sweet potato in the microwave and cook it for 2 minutes, until tender. Let it cool slightly until cool enough to handle and then chop it into large cubes.
  2. Place the oats and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until a coarse flour forms.
  3. Add the remaining patty ingredients into the food processor, from the sweet potato chunks to the ground flaxseed.
    Ingredients like sweet potatoes and ground flax seeds are in a food processor bowl.
  4. Pulse in short bursts until the ingredients are combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Step Two: Cook the Patties

  1. Form the mixture into 6 patties
  2. Place patties in a prepared skillet over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes on each side, sprinkling with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer cooked patties to a large plate and set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.

Step Three: Breading and Baking

Here are the Steps for breading your patties:

  1. Stir together the crumbs and vegan parmesan.
  2. In a separate bowl stir together the vegan butter and soy milk.
  3. When the patties are cool enough to handle, dip each one in the milk mixture, followed by the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Place breaded patties on a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or so, until the bread crumbs are golden brown.
    A hand is dipping a veggie patty in a bowl full of bread crumbs. There is a breaded patty on a baking sheet and another bowl for dipping.
  5. Top baked and breaded patties with a dollop of marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella and return them to the oven to bake for another 10 minutes or so until the cheese melts.

Storage Tips

Store patties in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 1 month. To serve, heat in a toaster oven until the coating is crispy and the patties are heated through. It may be difficult to get the vegan cheese to melt again, but if you put a piece of foil over the top it can help.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve vegan chicken parmesan with any of the following:

More Vegan Meat Options

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A vegan chicken parmesan patty on a plate with marinara sauce and melted vegan cheese. It sits beside a salad and steamed broccoli.
A vegan chicken parmesan patty with melted vegan cheese on a plate beside steamed broccoli and salad.

Vegan Chicken Parmesan

This baked Vegan Chicken Parmesan takes a simple chickpea burger and transforms into a delicious twist on an Italian classic. Serve with your favorite pasta and steamed vegetables on the side.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup vegan Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons plain soy milk
  • 1 cup dairy-free marinara sauce
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella shreds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lina a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray a large skillet with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Place potato in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Use oven mitts to remove from microwave and allow to cool about 5 minutes. Once cooled, chop into large cubes.
  • Place oats and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until a coarse flour is formed. Add potato, chickpeas, onions, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, nutritional yeast, and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed. Pulse 3 seconds, then use a spatula to push ingredients back down. Pulse again for 3 seconds.
  • Form mixture into 6 patties and place in a prepared skillet over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes on one side. Flip, then sprinkle salt and pepper on uncooked sides and cook for another 5 minutes until patties have firmed up slightly and are brown on both sides. Transfer from skillet to a large plate and set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl stir together bread crumbs and vegan Parmesan. Pour melted butter, milk, and the remaining 1 tablespoon flaxseed into a separate small bowl. Dip each patty in butter mixture, then dip in breadcrumbs and place on a prepared baking sheet. Spray patties lightly with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Bake 25 minutes until bread crumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven.
  • Spoon equal amounts of marinara sauce over each patty. Top with equal amounts of mozzarella shreds. Return pan to oven and bake another 10 more minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer patties to a large lidded container and refrigerate for up to 10 days or freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, cook in the microwave in 30-second intervals until heated through.

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chicken Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 925mg39%
Potassium 413mg12%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 530IU11%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 215mg22%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new text and an updated recipe in 2021.

6 Responses to Vegan Chicken Parmesan

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShannon Reply

    I made these last night & they were so delicious! I might have over pureed the filling a bit, because I didn’t even need to dip them in the butter/soy milk. But it was awesome!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m SO glad to hear you liked them too. I’m going to make some more tonight because they are perfect to have as leftovers for the week…that is if we can not eat them all at once (that’s kind of a key to having leftovers!!).

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMaria Reply

    Where is your other recipe for chicken Parmesan? I have made it for years and my family loves it

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Maria! We updated this recipe recently to keep it in line with our goal of easy recipes with fewer ingredients but full of flavor! I still have the old version of this recipe and will email it to you. Thanks for your note! i’m so glad you like this recipe!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmanda Reply

    These were so delicious that I’m making a double batch for the second week in a row. These have definitely become a staple in our home.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you liked them, Amanda! They’re a favorite of mine too. They taste so…indulgent…and yet it’s chickpeas and sweet potatoes! ❤️

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