Pinterest Is Loving These Low-Calorie Buffalo Wing Recipes
You're going to want all of these on game day.
Americans love football. Too bad not every football snack loves us back. The average fried chicken wing adds 179 calories and 8g of fat to your daily tally, but let's get real: who eats just one? Luckily, you need not chow down on crudites alone. Creative bloggers have slimmed down the big game favorite in nine brilliant ways. (Related: Make These 9 Swaps for Healthier Super Bowl Snacks)
Whether you've vowed yourself vegan or are obsessed with your air fryer, we have a snack that will surely score with your home team.
A couple pro tips can help oven-roasted wings just get just as crunchy as their fried cousins:
- Pat them dry with a paper towel before seasoning.
- Cook on a wire rack placed on a sheet pan to elevate them off the sheet pan.
The Very Best Baked Buffalo Wings
"The very best" is a lofty claim, but the Pinterest popularity-and the four-item ingredient list-certainly have our interest piqued. While they're not exactly health food, the fat used (butter) is in the sauce so you can actually taste it, rather than in the cooking method (frying oil).
Get the recipe: The Very Best Baked Buffalo Wings
Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings
Blue cheese dressing from a bottle will have a hard time competing with a DIY garlicky gorgonzola sauce. Pair it with the dry-rubbed wings to tame the heat from the chili powder, ancho chile pepper, and cayenne.
Get the recipe here: Epic Dry-Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings
Sticky Honey Garlic Wings
Get the recipe here: Sticky Honey Garlic Wings
Even faster than oven-frying, the high convection heat flows around the basket of bites you're baking. "All you need is a spritz of oil and you get the crunchy, crispy coating that traditional fried food has without any of the added fat. Everyone should invest in one, I think," says Jenna A. Werner, R.D., creator of Happy Slim Healthy. (Related: 20 Crunchy Air Fryer Recipes That Are Almost Too Good to Be True)
Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings With Parmesan
Get the recipe here: Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Wings With Parmesan
Air-Fried Barbecue Wings
Chicken, salt, pepper and your favorite barbecue drizzle are the only ingredients required to fly into the party with a batch of finger-licking wings. Choose a no-sugar-added sauce and this snack is Whole30-, keto- and paleo-friendly.
Get the recipe here: Air-Fried Barbecue Wings
Crispy Chicken Wings Made in the Air Fryer
This method calls for flipping halfway through and allowing for ample breathing room for just-like-fried texture. Just before serving, toss with your sauce of choice (such as buffalo, barbecue or teriyaki).
Get the recipe here: Crispy Chicken Wings Made in the Air Fryer
Don't give a cluck about chicken? Try one of these veggie-forward wing swaps instead. For the dunking sauce, try a bottled vegan ranch dressing (we like this one from Thrive Market.)
Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Not only are these vegan, but if you use almond flour or meal instead of all-purpose flour, they're also paleo, Whole30, gluten-free and keto-compliant. Whew! That nutty addition gives these cauli wings a surprising amount of protein per serving: 9 grams. That's as much as an egg and a half!
Get the recipe here: Baked Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Vegan Garlic Buffalo Brussels Sprouts
Spicy, tangy and a doppelganger for boneless chicken wings, these baked Brussels get their "fried" consistency from a dusting of cornstarch and panko breadcrumbs. Opt for Earth Balance or another dairy-free butter in the garlic buffalo sauce to keep these 100 percent free of animal products.
Get the recipe here: Vegan Garlic Buffalo Brussels Sprouts
Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings
Like it hot? Set your taste buds ablaze by sprinkling a half teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes into the coating for these sesame veggie wings. While you can skip the sauce, the savory-sweet combo of liquid aminos and maple syrup sounds downright irresistible.
Get the recipe here: Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings
This story originally appeared on CookingLight.com by Kara Walsh.