Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Say hello to London’s first ever vegan fried chicken shop

temple  of seitan vegan chicken shop.jpg

Vegans, vegetarians and part-time meat eaters, listen up. Just in time for Veganuary, London will be getting its very first entirely vegan chicken shop.

Opening in Hackney this month, Temple of Seitan is hoping to fill the takeaway void for all those who prefer going meat-free.

Yes, chicken shop delights, from tubs of crispy fried popcorn bites to sandwiches, burgers and ‘chicken’ topped mac ‘n’ cheese, can finally all be yours, with none of the meat eater’s guilt.

But how on earth can they do this? Since chicken is, after all, chicken?

Cue the magical food stuff that is seitan.

Derived from the protein contained in wheat gluten, seitan is also known as ‘wheat meat’, and has long been a staple among veggie monks.

“Seitan itself originates from China and has been a meat substitute for over 1000 years,” explains Rebecca McGuinness, from Temple of Seitan.

Read more: 20 vegetarian dishes you can make in 30 minutes or less

“It can be made with gluten flour, water and seasonings that best emulate the flavours of the meat you are trying to replicate. We make all of our own seitan from scratch.”

To get that finger licking chicken taste, Temple of Seitan flavour their wheat meat with sage, salt and vegan broths, before frying it all up nice and crispy.



A video posted by Temple of Seitan (@templeofseitan) on

Having been regulars on the pop-up foodie scene for some time now, you may have spotted them on Brick Lane or at vegan markets, the folks at Temple of Seitan are finally planning to lay down roots.

Opening on Saturday 14 January, ‘Temple of Hackney’ is set to bring its fried goodness to Morning Lane, and we’re very excited indeed.

Read more: 10 vegan recipes for culinary cheer

Double confirming the news via blog FatGayVegan.com, McGuinness says: “In January 2017, we’ll be opening London’s (and maybe the world’s!) first 100% vegan chicken shop.

“We’re looking forward to providing a vegan alternative for Londoners craving a bit of takeaway.”

Bring on the not-chicken.


Next Saturday we will be ready to rock and roll. Who wants some vegan fried goodness? #vegan #hackney #vegansinlondon

A photo posted by Temple of Seitan (@templeofseitan) on



kate moss vietnam food van brick lane.jpg

Kate Moss bags new role selling street food in Brick Lane


You can now get a full cheese board delivered to your door on demand


Prosecco tea is the ultimate drink for the office



London's best pop-up bars for summer 2017

Sunset cocktail on the beach, anyone?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Jun 2017

Black coffee lovers, science says you're more likely to be psychopaths

“I take my coffee black – like my soul”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

All aboard! There's a gin train coming to town

Sate your wanderlust with a round-the-world ‘journey’

by Nicola Colyer
21 Jun 2017

Rosé wine (aka the best wine) is getting its own boozy summer festival

Prepare to get pink-wine paninied

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

This £7.99 sparkling wine officially tastes as good as champagne

All the pizzazz for a slither of the price

by Anna Brech
21 Jun 2017

Got hay fever? Here's why a G&T should be your drink of choice

A cooling gin and tonic could help to curb a runny nose and sore eyes.

by Hayley Spencer
20 Jun 2017

Vegan Londoners are being treated to a meat-free burger bar next month

Not an animal product in sight at this fast-food joint

by Amy Swales
16 Jun 2017

Sacré bleu, we’re about to be hit by a croissant shortage

What is going to happen to our flaky pieces of joy?

by Jasmine Andersson
15 Jun 2017

The important thing to consider before buying alcoholic ice lollies

Police have issued a warning to everyone stocking up on prosecco popsicles

by Moya Crockett
15 Jun 2017

Know your mother’s ruin: 6 gin styles explained

Sort your Old Tom from your London Dry

by Amy Swales
14 Jun 2017