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I know it’s hacky as can be to dunk on vegan food, but listen up. I have found, for the most part, that vegan meat substitutes like “chik’n” and “be’f” really don’t taste that much like the real thing. That, however, is not the point. Usually these things are fine and certainly scratch the itch, but I’ve never been that impressed with them before. Enter Daring, a plant-based chicken nugget substitute that tastes absolutely great. The breading and seasoning are perfect, though I’d make sure to keep a close eye on your air fryer here — because of the nature of the “meat,” these can be chewy, and overcooking them can be a disaster.
It’s also important to remember that choosing plant-based meat is not always a “healthy” substitution. This is still fast food, with an ingredient list very close to that of real fried chicken. You’re here to stay green, not to cut out carbs. Real chicken? No. Incredibly tasty? Yes.