Halal Cart Vegan “Chicken” Over Rice

Halal cart style vegan “chicken” over rice with flavorful, marinated tofu plated over fluffy yellow rice drizzled with a vegan creamy white sauce – all made from scratch!

My Halal Cart Chicken Over Rice recipe was such a hit that I’ve gotten numerous requests for a vegan version. So, of course, I went back to my kitchen and played around with the original recipe! Before you roll your eyes and tell me, Falafel over Rice is the vegan version – no, it’s not. The marinade that the Chicken Platter uses is what makes it my favorite dish at halal carts. Falafel is a completely different flavor profile from the marinated chicken. The goal of this recipe is to make a vegan platter with the same flavor profile as Halal Cart Chicken over Rice! Not to mention, this includes a vegan white sauce as well.

Since there is no equivalent version of this vegan platter at Halal Guys, I can’t give you an exact caloric comparison. But, for context, this recipe is much lighter on the oil and has 24 grams of Protein! It’s also lighter on the calories compared to the Halal Guys Chicken Platter (800+ calories depending on how much chicken they put on the platter and how much white sauce you get) versus My Vegan Recipe (489 calories with the White Sauce).

The “Chicken” Replacement

In the place of chicken, I use extra firm tofu that has been lightly pressed. If you’re vegetarian, you can also use Paneer, which would make a delicious meal! I would not recommend Tempeh or Seitan because they don’t absorb flavor as well.

Differences From The Chicken Platter

Although most of the recipe is pretty much identical to the Chicken over Rice recipe, I’ve made a one minor change that works better while using Tofu.

  • The Tofu is baked, whereas the Chicken was pan fried. The reason for this, is that Tofu easily absorbs oil and can take a lot of oil to crisp up on a pan without sticking.

Fluffy Yellow Rice

There are many possible ways to cook rice, but for this recipe we will be doing it stovetop. Different halal carts make yellow rice differently, so this recipe will be a very basic one. My favorite type of rice to use for this is long grain white basmati rice because that is what is commonly used at Halal Carts and results in the best texture. If you don’t have basmati rice readily available, you can use jasmine rice!

Vegan White Sauce

The simplest part of this dish is the white sauce. Just add some vegan mayo, dairy-free yogurt, lemon juice, sugar and parsley to a bowl with a pinch of salt and mix! I don’t have a red sauce recipe, but here’s one that I found on the internet that you might want to take a stab at.

Making This For More Than One Person?

It’s super easy – just multiply the measurements by the number of people you are cooking for! This recipe doubles and quadruples perfectly.

More Vegan Weeknight Meals

Copycat Chipotle Sofritas

Protein Packed Black-Eyed Peas Chaat

Vegan “Egg” Salad

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Halal Cart Vegan “Chicken” Over Rice (For One)

  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 1 Bowl 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan “Chicken” Over Rice With Flavorful, Marinated Tofu Plated Over Fluffy Yellow Rice Drizzled With A Vegan Creamy White Sauce – All Made From Scratch!


  • 6 oz Extra Firm Tofu (House Foods Company)

For the Marinade

  • 2 tsp garlic, very finely minced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp vegan yogurt
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ⅛ tsp cumin powder
  • ⅛ tsp garam masala or allspice
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric

For the Yellow Rice

  • ⅓ cup long grain basmati rice (the rice is white until you add turmeric)
  • ⅔ cup Veggie Broth (or Water)
  • ½ tsp oil
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder

For the White Sauce (makes ¼ cup)

  • 1 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 3 tbsp vegan yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp vinegar, optional
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp parsley
  • ⅛ tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup Lettuce, shredded
  • Chopped Tomatoes


  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Copycat Recipes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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  1. I was really hungry when this recipe popped up and it was really exciting to try something new. It was super easy to make( like way easier than I thought) and had some really strong flavours( not spicy). Definitely recommend if you’re looking to break up the monotony in your day. I also used frozen diced chicken instead of the chicken thigh and it was fine.

  2. Can we use regular yogurt instead of greek yogurt?

  3. I made this recipe using Paneer as an alternative to chicken, and it was to die for! Genuinely the nicest meal I have had the pleasure of enjoying. The combination of spices tasted fantastic together and the rice was so flavourful. I made the recipe x4 and my whole family thoroughly enjoyed it. Will 100% be making this again (many many times!!!). Please do yourselves a favour and try this recipe

  4. Amazingly easy and such a flavour bomb. Adding this to my dinner rotation!

  5. This recipe was phenomenal! I am shooked at how well it turned out! I never write reviews but this will be turning into one of my fav dinner dishes! Everything was so flavorful and I appreciate the measurements for one! Thank you!!!!

  6. It’s so delish! Super easy to put together even for a weekday meal. Loved the flavors and definitely making it again 🙂 This will definitely be a staple at our home! Thank you for creating such an easy and flavorful recipe. It takes lots of hard work to perfect this and really appreciate the efforts.

  7. Freaking delicious! 100% will make again. Super easy to to prepare, I doubled the recipe by two for my little brother and I. We both loved it!

  8. Freaking delicious! 100% will make again. Super easy to to prepare, I doubled the recipe by two for my little brother and I. We both loved it!

  9. Fathima Afsal says:

    Honestly, I loved this one! I had never tried the original from the shop but still wanted to give the recipe a try. My roommate loved it too, and made me cook it the next day too 🙂
    Easy to prepare with simple available ingredients but no compromise on the taste!