Cha Kdao Sach Moan (Cambodian Spicy Vegan Chicken)

Cha Kdao Sach Moan (Cambodian Spicy Vegan Chicken)

If you’re a lover of spicy food or would like to try something new and exciting, our spicy vegan chicken recipe from Cambodia is sure to impress!

It’s thought that Cambodian cuisine takes influence from both China and France, during the migration period in the 13th century – you learn something new every day, thanks for the knowledge Wikipedia!

When cooking this specific recipe, it’s firstly important that you create your chickwheat in advance – look at our how to make chickwheat post for full instructions.

You’re more than welcome to replace the chickwheat with a gluten-free option of your choice. If you find a decent replacement or you want to tell us what you think of this recipe, leave a rating and comment at the bottom of the post!

Take a look at our vegan asian recipes page for more like this!

spicy vegan chicken
4.5 from 2 votes

Cha Kdao Sach Moan (Cambodian Spicy Basil Chicken)

Looking for a mind-blowing spicy vegan chicken substitute? Cha Kdao Sach Moan is a beautiful Cambodian dish and we're going to be using chickwheat to veganise this recipe.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 650 kcal



  • 500 grams chickwheat

Spices & Stuff

  • 1 tbsp garlic chopped
  • 1 handful plain peanuts (if using salted, use less soy sauce)
  • 3 dried red chilli peppers
  • 1 cup fresh thai basil


  • 1.5 tbsp vegan fish sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce/tamari
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 150 ml water


  1. Add the oil to a wok and heat well.

  2. Once you're happy with the heat, add your garlic, chillies, vegan fish sauce and water - mix for 15 seconds.

  3. Add chickwheat to the wok and cover well with your mixture - reduce the heat to low-medium for 10 minutes.

  4. Add peanuts, soy sauce and fresh basil and mix until the basil begins to wilt.

Recipe Notes

*prep time is based on your chickwheat already being made.

* see our simple vegan fish sauce recipe for a realistic substitute.

    Visit our Cambodian recipes page for more vegan inspiration!    

4 thoughts on “Cha Kdao Sach Moan (Cambodian Spicy Vegan Chicken)”

  • 4 stars
    I realised that I never left a review for this dish either! So tasty and the texture of the seitan was spot on but it was slightly too spicy for me which is why it doesnt get the full 5*!

    • 2 comments in 1 day, lucky us! Maybe take out the dried chillis next time or just use the one?

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