How to Make Tofu Taste Good (how to make tofu taste like chicken)

a close up shot of cooked tofu

written by Nina Shantel, blog:, published November 21, 2023

This simple recipe transforms boring tofu into crispy, tasty bites that remind me of fried chicken pieces. There’s no oil, and just two ingredients: boxed tofu and soy sauce alternative coconut aminos.


2 boxes drained certified organic tofu

¼ cup coconut aminos (2 tablespoons of aminos for each tofu block)

Take one block of tofu and press it, about an hour, until it’s very dry. Pat off any moisture from all four corners with a paper towel. Crumble tofu with your hands to make imperfect pieces of different sizes and shapes. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos onto the tofu pieces and toss with your hands. Place seasoned tofu in a covered glass container. Repeat with the second block of tofu.

(This is my favorite soy-sauce alternative. As an Amazon affiliate, I earn through qualifying purchases)

When both blocks of tofu have been drained, pressed, crumbled and seasoned, taste a few pieces to see if you want more seasoning, if so, drizzle some more aminos on top. You don’t want all the tofu pieces to be coated, otherwise it will be too salty.

Sprinkle seasoned tofu onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and air-fry in oven for 15 minutes.

You can also use your air-fryer oven, adjust the time as needed per the appliance’s instructions.

If you don’t have an air-fryer oven, or if your oven doesn’t have an air-fry setting, bake the tofu at 425 degrees for 15 minutes and broil for a few minutes until it’s as crispy as you want. The smaller pieces will get crispy faster. I like the combination of some crunchy pieces and some softer pieces.

Eat it as a snack, with one of your meals, or add to your meals after it’s prepared. For instance, I’ll stir-fry vegetables and put the vegetables over rice and add the seasoned air-fried tofu on top.

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