Temple Of Seitan: The Ultimate Vegan Fried Chicken

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Cruelty-Free Fried Chicken

London’s first cruelty-free fried chicken shop, Temple of Seitan, opened its doors in a third location. Their new Camden branch brings all of your decadent favourites including a new breakfast menu.

Temple of Seitan, famous for its vegan fried chicken, opened a new branch in the heart of Camden on 43 Parkway. It is located next to the entirely vegan pizzeria, Purezza, so double temptation is guaranteed. The new location also promises a bigger kitchen and more seats.

Temple of Seitan’s Vegan Offerings

Temple Of Seitan Vegan Chicken

The popular Vegan chicken shop has got your vegan brunch covered as their new and even more seductive menu includes foods like “Vegan egg n bacon rolls, breakfast burgers, and wings n waffles’’. 

This is the third Vegan-friendly branch, following the success of the Temple of Camden and Temple of Hackney, welcoming anyone with a weakness for guilt-free junk food. 

The fast-food company was founded by Melbourne couple, Rebecca McGuinness and Patrick O’Shea. 

From Kentucky Fried Chicken to Vegan Chicken

KFC vegan chicken alternative temple of seitan

Rebecca used to work in KFC and felt there was a gap in the market when it came to cruelty-free fried chicken options. Before the opening of the first Temple of Seitan in Hackney in 2017, she and her husband had been selling Vegan fast-food at pop-ups and street food markets around the UK. 

“I think it is a great option for vegans,’’ says Bhavin Shah, a vegeterian from London, who visits the restaurant regularly.

Bhavin says: “The story of the founder is something that shows someone can make a difference. As a vegetarian, I think it is great that inventive chefs and brands can create tasty options for fast fried food.’’

Temple of Hackney

The original debut branch, Temple of Hackney, is a smaller fast-food shop reminiscent of classic British chicken shops with an outdoor seating area.

The second Temple of Seitan shop located by Regent’s Canal near Kings Cross is a fast-food restaurant with indoor seating and a “deli section with coffee, bagels, toasted sandwiches, and sweet bakery treats’’ as reported by Fat Gay Vegan.

Everything about their Vegan menu makes you chant their signature advertising slogan “Hail Seitan’’. 

The ‘Meat’

It contains six types of plant-based ‘chicken and beef’ burgers with cruelty-free toppings available such as mayo, cheese, bacon, and more. 

As the name Temple of Seitan tells you, their main specialty is fried seitan used as a faux-chicken base, which is available in buckets, wraps, and as a mac n’ cheese topping. If that is not enough they also offer coleslaw, fries with chicken or chipotle salt, and five different dips.

What is Seitan?

Seitan is a popular substitute for meat made of wheat and water. It is often promoted as a high-protein, low-carb alternative, according to Healthline. The consistency of seitan is quite chewy, which makes it a perfect substitute for fried chicken. 

Temple of Seitan coats it in its signature batter that is crunchy, salty and with a hint of pepper. The seitan also offers a bonus in that it is guaranteed bone free.

Even though the main ingredient is made out of gluten, the fast-food restaurant is intolerance-friendly as they sell gluten-free options for the selection of wraps and wings. All you have to do is ask the staff.

The fast-food ‘chicken’ restaurant also thought about those who have a sweet tooth, and included donuts, brownies, mud pies, and other goodies to their menu.

“It is a great experience with tasty fast food that is suitable for all; Vegan and meat-eaters,” says Bhavin.

Where Can I Try Temple of Seitan’s Vegan Food?

Temple Of Seitan Vegan Chicken

Temple of Seitan is now also available at BrewDog since they joined forces at the beginning of this year and launched Vegan wings and burgers in its bars across the UK.

It seems they will soon go international because BrewDog has plans to supply the vegan junk food to its European locations.

Diana Buntajova
Diana Buntajova
Diana is always looking for the environmental aspect of every story. She is interested in health and lifestyle, hoping to point to issues that are often overseen. Diana has explored topics including B-12 deficiency in the vegan diet, fears about exotic skin farms sparking another pandemic, and the Oreo controversy. Currently studying Journalism at City University of London, she enjoys everything to do with visuals especially photography. Creative and detail-oriented in both her visual and written work. On a mission to find the best vegan cheese and can't resist beyond meat burgers.