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Gardein “chicken” scaloppini with shiitake sake sauce, braised pea shoots and crispy udon noodle cakes

My favorite vegan cookbook The Conscious Cook by  Tal Ronnen has the most amazing recipes! Last night I made the Gardein “chicken” scaloppini with shiitake sauce, braised pea shoots and crispy udon noodle cakes. It was absolutely delicious. My boyfriend Chris(who is a meat LOVER) took one bite and said “WOW, THIS IS AMAZING”. I highly recommend making this dish. There is a video on Tal Ronnen’s website that will show you step by step how to make this delicious dish. ENJOY!!

Here is the recipe from Tal Ronnen’s website:

For the udon noodle cakes:

  • 4 (7-ounce single-serving) packs precooked udon noodles, still in their packages (see note)
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the pea shoots:

  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup faux chicken stock
  • 2 cups packed pea shoots
  • Microgreens

For the chicken:

  • gardein™ chick’n scallopini
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 cup dry sake
  • ½ cup faux chicken stock
  • ½ cup Earth Balance
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  1. Make the udon noodle cakes: Preheat the oven to 200°F. Remove the plastic from each pack of noodles, keeping the noodles tightly packed. Using a 3-inch round cutter or ring mold, cut one round of noodles from each pack.
  2. Place a large sauté pan over high heat. Sprinkle the bottom with a pinch of salt and heat for 1 minute. Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds, being careful not to let it smoke. This will create a nonstick effect.
  3. Add the noodle cakes and fry until browned and crisp on both sides, seasoning with salt and pepper as they cook, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel–lined baking sheet and put in the oven to keep warm.
  4. Make the chicken: Flatten the gardein™ filets with your hand to ½ inch thick, then cut each one into 3 pieces. Season the pieces with salt and pepper, then dredge in the flour.
  5. Wipe out the pan you used for the noodle cakes and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Heat over medium heat, then add the chicken pieces and cook until browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, heat over medium heat, then add the mushrooms and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often, until softened. Deglaze the pan with the sake and cook until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stock and cook for 2 more minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and whisk in the Earth Balance 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly so that the sauce doesn’t separate. Return the gardein™ to the pan and toss to coat it with the sauce. Cover to keep warm while you make the pea shoots.
  8. Make the pea shoots: Place a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Sprinkle the bottom with a pinch of salt and heat for 1 minute. Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds, being careful not to let it smoke.
  9. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the stock and pea shoots and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, until wilted. Drain the excess liquid.
  10. Place a noodle cake in the center of each plate. Top each cake with a spoonful of pea shoots, then top the pea shoots with 3 pieces of the gardein™. Spoon a little of the sake and mushroom sauce over the gardein™ and drizzle it around the inside of the plate. Garnish with microgreens and serve immediately.

Udon noodle cakes

The sauce! mmmmmm!

This entry was posted in: Vegan, Vegan cookbooks


Hello My name is Nicole and I am born and raised in Los Angeles, California!! I love cooking and eating REAL FOOD and I am here to share my journey with you. I am a wife & mommy to a 5 year old boy named Aiden. I love fitness and I hope I can inspire others to be healthy and happy!

1 Comment

  1. Ryan says

    omg that’s the same dish I noticed in your camera! You did the original recipe justice. It looks so good and professionally made! GOOD JOB!

    P.S. I’m jealous I don’t get to try all this food. Maybe that means I should start cooking? LOL

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