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Buffalo Tempeh Tenders

These Buffalo Tempeh Tenders are baked to crispy perfection and slathered in buffalo sauce to make the most addictive vegetarian comfort food!

These Buffalo Tempeh Tenders are baked to crispy perfection and slathered in buffalo sauce to make the most addictive vegetarian comfort food!

I recently discovered that my little grocery store here in Holland carries Frank’s Buffalo Sauce (granted it’s in the tiniest European-esque bottles). So naturally I’ve been full steam ahead introducing tulip-man to the wonderful world of buffalo sauce. And the next stop on the train to buffalo town? Tempeh tenders!

These Buffalo Tempeh Tenders have 3 (THREE!!) layers of buffalo goodness. First we’ll marinate the tenders in buffalo sauce. Then we’ll whisk it in with the egg used to bread them. Then we’ll coat them one more time in buffalo sauce for that gorgeous orange exterior that screams BUFFALO SAUCE IS LIFE. You game?

These Buffalo Tempeh Tenders are baked to crispy perfection and slathered in buffalo sauce to make the most addictive vegetarian comfort food!

Buffalo Tempeh Tenders Ingredients

  • Tempeh: With more taste and texture than tofu, tempeh is a hearty meat alternative. If you’re not a fan of tempeh, you can substitute firm tofu.
  • Buffalo sauce: My favorite is Franks RedHot, but you can use whichever you fancy!
  • Breading: We’re baking these tenders rather than frying, meaning we’ll do some basic breading to get them crunchy. You’ll need all-purpose flour, egg (or flax egg for a vegan option), and panko bread crumbs.
  • To serve: And because no tenders are complete without a good sauce, I love to serve mine with ranch or bleu cheese dressing and celery sticks. Here’s a fun recipe for homemade ranch dressing (made with kefir!)
These Buffalo Tempeh Tenders are baked to crispy perfection and slathered in buffalo sauce to make the most addictive vegetarian comfort food!

You can serve these Buffalo Tempeh Tenders by themselves, or as a salad topper, or on a sandwich, or in your weekly meal prep. The possibilities are endless here, friends. Enjoy!

These Buffalo Tempeh Tenders are baked to crispy perfection and slathered in buffalo sauce to make the most addictive vegetarian comfort food!

Buffalo Tempeh Tenders

These Buffalo Tempeh Tenders are baked to crispy perfection and slathered in buffalo sauce to make the most addictive vegetarian comfort food!
Course Appetizers, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo tenders, tempeh tenders
Diet Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Game Day
Time 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 425 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 1 8-oz package tempeh
  • 3/4 cup buffalo sauce 170 mL
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 65 g
  • 1 large egg or flax egg*
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 50 g
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • To serve: ranch or bleu cheese, celery

Instructions

  1. Marinate: Cut tempeh into thin rectangular tenders. If you’re not used to the taste/texture of tempeh, cut them thinner so you’ll get more of the breadcrumb crunch. Set in a deep dish and cover with buffalo sauce, tossing to evenly coat. Let marinate at least 1 hour (or up to 12) in the fridge.
  2. Prep: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Shake excess sauce from the tempeh and set on a plate, reserving the buffalo sauce marinade. Place flour in one bowl, egg in another, and panko + salt and pepper in the last, with a parchment-lined baking sheet at the end. Add half of the reserved buffalo sauce to the egg and whisk.
  3. Bread: Coat each tempeh tender lightly in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, and set on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake: Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown. Brush each tender with remaining buffalo sauce, then return to the oven for 5 minutes, until slightly dry.
  5. Serve: Serve warm with ranch dressing or bleu cheese and celery.

Notes

*Make this recipe vegan by using flax egg – Combine 1 Tbsp flax seed meal and 2.5 Tbsp water. Let thicken for 10 minutes then use in place of the egg.

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Tempeh Tenders
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 140
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.6g 24%
Saturated Fat 3.4g 17%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 502mg 21%
Potassium 534mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 46.1g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%
Sugars 0.8g
Protein 28.9g 58%
Calcium 13%
Iron 29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Hi, I’m Sarah! We’re working our way through the easy vegetarian kitchen, one ingredient at a time. Learn more and follow along!

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