Daring Foods Plant Chicken Review

Daring Foods Plant Chicken Review

There are two flavors I love, while there are two flavors I can continue without.

Whether you’re vegan, plant-based, or just love trying vegan meals, you know it can be hard to find tasty alternatives.

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There’s tofu, seitan, and tempeh — just to name a few. Brands have created numerous tasty alternative meat options, especially during the last few years, and Daring Foods is one of them.

When Daring Foods reached out to me, I knew I had to try them as I have heard about the brand but never tested out their plant chicken. I was sent the flavors in Original, Cajun, Breaded, and Lemon & Herb, and it’s important to note these are all soy-based.

To not waste too much time, I decided to make a burrito, salad, quinoa, and jasmine rice dish, to really get a feel of each flavor. Let’s begin!

First up, was Daring Foods plant chicken, in the flavor Breaded. Here’s how it looks before being heated up.

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As you can see, some pieces are smaller than others, and it was slightly seasoned. The heating instructions state to heat 1/4 of oil on a pan, on medium heat, and then cook for 2 minutes until golden brown.

And here’s how it looks after a few minutes or so:

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While it doesn’t look exactly like the package, it sure does look yummy.

Here’s a quick snap of my food, before adding any dressing.

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As you can see, the inside of the plant-based chicken wasn’t really empty.

Biting into each piece tasted savory and great, but I will admit, I may have added too much oil as the breaded part was a bit mushy. Oiliness aside, the flavor made up for it.

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For this flavor, I give an automatic 4/5, and I can’t wait to make this again. 

Next up, was their flavor in Original.

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Here’s how it looked before heating up! 

This time, the instruction states to preheat your pan for about a minute on medium-high heat, and then add 1.5-2 tablespoons of oil. Then, add to your pan and let sizzle for about 4-5 minutes if thawed.

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You can see the oil start to marinate with the bottom portion of the piece, all while it sizzles.

And here it is up-close, with a golden brown finish. The texture was pretty tough, again, and while the flavor is listed as original, it did taste pretty bland when compared to the flavor Breaded.

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I would give it a 2/5, since it lacked in seasoning.

Third on the list was Lemon & Herb. At this point, the instructions were pretty similar as the Original flavor, but cook 3-4 minutes instead.

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Full transparency: This image was shot after, as I accidentally deleted the original thawed pieces.  

Here were the results.

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Not only did they look super yummy, but they smelled delicious as well.   

I decided to go all out and make what some may consider a burrito, or maybe even a taco. Either way, it looked incredibly tasty, and I could not wait to try.

So far, this one was my favorite out of the first three flavors. Each bite tasted a bit like spring, and chopping them up made it slightly easier to chew through.

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In comparison with the first two I tried, Lemon & Herb has more of citrusy taste to it. For this flavor, I give it an automatic 5/5.

Last to try was the flavor in Cajun. Similarly to Lemon & Herb, add some oil, and let cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.

And voila. While I might have slightly overcooked them, I was pretty happy with how flavorful they appeared to be and couldn’t wait to dig in.

The first bite was pretty tough; at this point, I expected it and figured maybe I had overcooked all of the flavors, but nonetheless it was good. I was expecting for there to be a bit more flavor, but it didn’t taste bad.

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In comparison to Original, this has a bit more flavor, but not as much as I was expecting. My rating for this one? 3/5. 

To recap, my favorites are the Lemon & Herb and Breaded pieces. I can only imagine all the great recipes I’ll be able to incorporate these plant-based chickens with; my only note would be to make sure to not add too much oil.

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As for the flavors Cajun and Original — while they weren’t terrible, they just didn’t have the flavor I was looking for.

And there ya have it! While there are some flavors I will be purchasing myself, there were one or two I could manage without.

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Editor’s Note: Daring Foods sent this food to me for free in exchange for coverage, but my review of the plant chicken is honest and in no way impacted by this.

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