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Cooking With Zara - Vegan Chicken With Chilli & Spaghett

April 27, 2017

Vegan Chicken With Chilli & Spaghett

I know its been a while since I did a "Cooking With Zara" post but since my change to vegan diet I've been experimenting with different foods. I do have a thread on my Twitter of pictures of meals I've since changing my diet so there are a few ideas available there. This post is a bit different from my last two as they focused more on baking, but this one is a dish I was excited to make and originally found the recipe on the Quorn website. You can find their version of it HERE and there are a few differences between my version and theirs, for one I used spaghetti and not linguine but its probably not a world ending choice (I hope.)

This is what I ended up with and I was more than happy with it! The meal itself had a moderate amount of spice and left a hint of garlic and lemon after every mouthful. Despite using Tesco soy chicken pieces it had the same soft and juicy qualities that people would expect from meat, I really have to hand it to Tesco their vegan food products are filling and absolutely delicious. I marinated these "chicken" pieces in olive oil, garlic salt, parsley and cayenne pepper before cooking to give them a little extra flavour which is something I do with most of my food. I took a photo of the actual spices themselves so you could all see which ones I use;

You can find these at any Tesco for 57p each, but I also grow my own parsley in the garden along with my mothers lavender, mint and basil because we love growing our own herbs and I really want my own vegetable patch. If you don't have any of these at home to season your food with you can use black pepper, chilli flakes, chopped garlic or any herbs and spices you may have in your kitchen. I am a firm believer in seasoning foods and adding extra kicks to whatever I'm making and I've (so far) had nothing but success with it!

The water I cooked the spaghetti in contained a tablespoon of lemon juice and a vegetable stock cube to give the pasta flavour while cooking and its the first time I've ever done that. It was most definitely a successful idea and I'm pretty sure all pasta I make from now on will have some form of flavour in the water. You can buy the stock cubes from Lidl but there are forms of vegetable stock cubes at almost any supermarket, the lemon juice is found almost anywhere and it keeps for quite a while so you don't have to worry about it going bad.

If there are two things I LOVE to add to my food it is chilli and garlic, I put it in almost anything; stir fry's, risotto, pasta, even on vegan cheese on toast! I think it's because my Italian grandmother would put these ingredients in so many dishes and I just got used to it being there. Now when I cut garlic I crush it first so its all spread out and easier to chop into little chunks, and for the chilli I just cut pieces off as I need to and trim them according to how much spice I want in my food. Wash your hands after handling chilli and DON'T rub your eyes! (I learned that the hard way)

The pasta I chose for this dish was spaghetti because I have quite a bit to use up and I had no linguine in my cupboard, but it did the job just as well as linguine and tasted amazing. I buy this Organic wholewheat spaghetti from Tesco for around £1.20 but if that's too steep for you or you need to buy it in bulk they also do bigger bags of regular spaghetti for around £1. Like I mentioned earlier I put the vegetable stock cube and lemon into the water as I boiled it and added the spaghetti when the water boiled. Boil the pasta until it is almost soft and drain it.

While boiling your spaghetti cook your "chicken" in a separate pan with your spices, herbs or any sauce you choose to add to your dish (spicy tomato sounds nice for this dish). Keep the "chicken", chilli and garlic in the pan until the pieces go soft and easy to put a fork through, once it has reached that point you can take it off the heat and concentrate on your pasta. Once you have cooked pasta that has been drained add the chicken to the same pan and give it a stir. You may want to add another tablespoon of olive oil or lemon juice then put it on a medium heat to cook the ingredients all together.

This is basically all I did to make this dish and it was gorgeous! A side dish of salad or garlic bread would go lovely with this so maybe give it a try. Hope you enjoyed this post!


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  1. This looks lovely!, I've never thought of cooking my pasta in a stock cube that is such a genius idea!. I'm a firm believer in seasoning dishes with herbs as well it makes all the difference, I've heard amazing things about Quorn meats and this recipe really does them justice!.
    Charlie | http://www.charlieswonderland.co.uk/

    1. It was the first time I did that too haha! xx