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Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs

These Vegan Turkey Dinosaurs are made from seitan. It's an involved process but well worth it I promise!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 people


For the seitan

  • 200 grams vital wheat gluten
  • 50 grams chickpea flour also known as gram flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.25 tsp black pepper
  • 350 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp dried mixed herbs

For the batter and breadcrumbs

  • 75 g chickpea flour
  • 75 ml water
  • 200 g natural breadcrumbs


  • Add all of the dried ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to ensure they are well combined.
  • Stir together the veg stock and olive oil in a jug before pouring into the dried ingredients, mixing well as you add the liquid.
  • Once the liquid has been added you should have a stretchy, sticky dough ball. Knead the dough ball on a lightly floured surface to bring it together well.
  • Cut the dough into 4 pieces and roll out until it's about 1cm thick. The shape doesn't matter too much as you will cut out the dinosaurs later.
  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil and place the dough into the steaming basket (you may need to do this in batches so that they aren't overlapping). Cover with a lid and steam for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes they should have puffed up slightly and be firm to the touch. Leave them to cool while you get the ingredients ready to make the batter.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 180C.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour and water until you have a smooth batter and place to one side.
  • Once the seitan has cooled, use dinosaur cutters to cut out dinosaur shapes.
  • Set up your work station so that from left to right you have your seitan dinosaurs, the bowl of batter, a plate of breadcrumbs and a baking tray.
  • Take your first seitan dinosaur and dip it in the batter. You only need a very thin coating.
  • Next, dip it in the breadcrumbs. Make sure it is completely covered and place on to the baking tray.
  • Repeat with the remaining dinosaurs.
  • Place the dinosaurs in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the seitan is piping hot.
  • Serve with chips and veggies.
Keyword seitan, turkey