Caribbean Seitan BBQ Wings

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I did a live-TV demonstration of these wings on CN8's "Your Morning". I was scared crazy, but somehow managed to talk and cook my way through it. This recipe is a home-friendly version of Horizon's most popular appetizer. More than anything else, they have made believers of many skeptics. The secret here is a very thin pan, making for very little distance between your fire and your seitan.

Recipe Source: The Horizons Cookbook
Reprinted with permission from one of the authors, Kate Jacoby.

Yields: 2 servings


Ingredients for BBQ Sauce
Ingredients for Seitan


Mix all the BBQ sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Break up seitan into wing-sized portions. Heat a wok or thin frying pan on high heat and then add the oil. When the oil starts to ripple (almost smoking), gently add the seitan by sliding it down the sides of the pan one at a time. Brown the seitan "wings" on each side, turning them with tongs.

When browned, add the BBQ sauce to the seitan and let it caramelize around the seitan. When the sauce has stuck to the seitan and turned a dark crimson color, they're done. The sauce process should take no more than 1 minute. Don't overcook or the sauce will burn. Remove from heat and serve immediately.


Leftover BBQ sauce will keep for up to 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator.


For a zesty Chipotle Seitan BBQ Wing, add 1 to 2 chipotles, either canned or dried (rehydrated with some warm water), 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and the juice of a whole lime (rather than a 1/4 lime) to the BBQ sauce ingredients shown above. Mix in a blender until smooth.

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