Vegetarian Chick-fil-a Chicken Sandwich

I’m obsessed with this Vegetarian Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. A foraged Chicken of the Woods Mushroom made into a copycat Chick-fil-A sandwich. I can’t even tell the difference, it’s crazy good!

Vegetarian chick-fil-a chicken sandwich on a blue plate, topped with pickles and the top bun laying on the side of the bottom half of the sandwich

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I have been a forager for a very long time & have fond memories of going foraging for such things as blackberries, ramps, mushrooms, & poke salad with my grandparents as a kid. I feel like I know a good bit in the foraging world, but I am no means an expert and I want to learn more.

Recently, I made a new friend who happens to have a strong passion for all things foraging. Anne-Marie of Forager Chick eats, sleeps, and breathes it! I have been hanging out with her, taking some of her in-person and online classes, and learning so much.

Not long ago, she brought over a chicken of the woods mushroom that she foraged. After showing me her mushroom treasure, Anne Marie said, “Let’s make some copycat chick-fil-a sandwiches with these!”. Naturally, being the foodie that I am, I was all in. I’ve had chicken of the woods mushrooms before, but never have I had them prepared in this way. They taste exactly like a chicken sandwich that you get from Chick-fil-A. I even fooled my 12 year old son with it. Watch the video at the bottom of this post all the way to the end to see his reaction, he didn’t know it wasn’t chicken until I told him!

I can’t wait to make these sandwiches for myself. I’m not a vegetarian/vegan but I could eat these regularly. They are absolutely delicious and a great meatless recipe.

Vegetarian chick-fil-a chicken sandwich on a blue plate, topped with pickles and the top bun laying on the side of the bottom half of the sandwich

Ingredients

  • Chicken of the woods mushrooms – this is really the only mushroom that tastes/has the texture of chicken
  • flour
  • panko breadcrumbs – this gives a great crunch
  • eggs – beaten
  • pickle juice – this is the ’secret’ ingredient
  • sliced pickles – I like bread and butter but you can use dill too
  • hamburger buns
  • mayonnaise
  • oil – to fry in. I use vegetable or canola.
  • salt and pepper – to taste