Snacks for Awards Parties and Superbowl Parties, Oh My – {Buffalo Cauliflower Wings & Things}

by Stephanie Tulman on January 22, 2014

Buffalo Cauliflower WIngs

When I was writing last weeks post on the Fergie Dip for the upcoming awards and Superbowl parties, I realized that I had not yet shared my Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with you!  I made them for the first time last year for a friend’s Superbowl party and it took me a few tries to get them to a presentable form.

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings 2

Well…… let’s just say they weren’t that pretty back then.  They were somewhat mushy and fell apart.  I did some research to work this recipe into something successful.  And…. TA-DA!  It was one of those that I taste at the end of cooking and have a victory dance around the kitchen.  What?  You don’t have those?  You should, makes everything more fun… and tasty! : )

Buffalo Cauliflower Salad 2

AND….. BONUS!  Since I didn’t have company in the kitchen to enjoy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings with me, and I’ve been feeling guilty since the holiday eating (indulging!) season, I put them on a kale salad.  Holy cheese and rice!  The flavor was amazing.  I also added a little extra wing sauce and a touch of ranch dressing to the salad and it was SO GOOD.  I even had leftovers today and added some sprouted beans for protein.

Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

This is a great swap out for buffalo wings which are getting a ton of bad press.  I promise if you bring these to your next awards party or Super Bowl party, they will be a hit and be the star of the buffet table!  Carnivores have even been known to enjoy these Buffalo Cauliflower Wings!  True story!    I used almond milk for Vegan Ashley’s benefit.  ;)

The tip to a perfect Buffalo Cauliflower Wing is to shake off excess batter before baking.  Trust me, this simple little step will save you from mushy cauliflower and balls of batter.  EW.  And if you use Wing-Time wing sauce, you will save yourself a lot of milligrams in sodium.   Wing-Time is widely known as the best wing sauce out there.  I found it at Whole Foods.  Obvi.   NOTE: to reheat wings the next day for salad or indulging, store battered ‘wings’ separate from wing sauce/almond milk mix.  Then you will warm up the sauce on the stove, toss the ‘wings’ in the heated sauce pan until covered with sauce, then BROIL for about 7 minutes.

xo, This Chick

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and Buffalo Cauliflower Salad

This healthy swap for buffalo wings will have your tastebuds singing! Buffalo Cauliflower Wings make a great party dish or are perfect on a salad. If reheating leftovers the next day, store the sauce separate from the 'wings'. When ready to reheat, put the sauce on the stove on low heat and toss the 'wings' in the sauce. Broil for 7 minutes and then serve!


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp divided unsweetened almond milk (make sure it's not vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup chickpea/garbanzo flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup Wing Time wing sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. In a bowl, combine the 1 cup of almond milk, plus the flour, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Allow this to sit while you prepare the cauliflower.
  3. Clean the cauliflower and then break away into pieces, small trees, but not too small that they burn. Think bite-sized pieces - and keep them relatively the same size for even baking. Toss the cauli-trees in this batter mixture making sure that each piece is nicely covered. As you take each piece out, lightly shake off excess batter (very important!!) and then place on a baking sheet prepped with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes and then broil for 5 minutes.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, add the wing sauce plus 2 Tbsp almond milk, stir and heat on low.
  5. When the 'wings' are done, pull them out of the oven and toss them around in the saucepan, a few at a time until nicely coated with wing sauce mixture. Put on a baking sheet and then back under the broiler for another 5 minutes or so. Watch it so it doesn't burn!
  6. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dipping sauce, plus carrots and celery. Or put on a bed of lettuce for a salad!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

JenJen June 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I made these over the weekend for a pool party and I kept calling them hot wings without saying they were actually cauliflower. People actually thought they really were chicken hot wings. =) They were delicous!


Stephanie Tulman June 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Haha! Really?! That’s so awesome:) They didn’t recognize them from a year ago at Andreas?;) (Well they were sloppy and not perfected back then!)


Lois Cohen January 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

Theses cauliflower buffalo wings were absolutely delicious. Everyone in my family loved them, including my son. I barely pulled them off the baking sheet onto a serving plate, they were gone in 5 minutes!!!! I didn’t change anything in the recipe and the Wing Time wing sauce is definitely worth the trip to Whole Foods. Thank you!!!!


Stephanie Tulman January 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed them! Wing Time makes a huge difference. I like to have a little extra on the side for even more dipping too:)


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