Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

I could not stop eating these Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, they are crispy, filled with flavour and spicy!

I could not stop eating these Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, they are crispy, filled with flavour and spicy!

This was the killer for me. I could not stop eating these Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, and I honestly could not tell the difference between this and chicken.

I literally repeated over and over “OMG this tastes like chicken.” Even my vegetable-hating little brother ate these up saying how much they tasted like chicken.

Mr. Jessiker Bakes had his fair share, commenting on how delicious these were.

Compliments of the highest form 🙂 .

I could not stop eating these Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, they are crispy, filled with flavour and spicy!

You see, my intention was not to mask the cauliflower, and in no way is it. It just shows how versatile and delicious this magical creamy vegetable is that once cooked whether in soup form or whole like this, you can’t help but marvel in the deliciousness. This Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings will transform anyone into a cauliflower lover. It absorbs the flavours incorporated into it so well. In fact, I took my recipe for my Super Bowl Sunday Ready Buffalo Chicken Bites, health-ified it a bit and these beauties were born.

I have to say, I will be making these again. I kind of just poured my cauliflower heart out to you, which wasn’t really my intention, but I need you to try these. If you are looking for a healthy Super Bowl treat, these are it. And I have to thank Eaton’s for their amazing crushed peppers sauce which adds a delicious kick to these. I must be hanging out with Mr. Jessiker Bakes way too much since I added closer to ½ cup of hot sauce than the ¼ cup. Also, if you’re looking for something for even more buffalo-ness, These Cauliflower Buffalo Wings take your traditional buffalo wing sauce and totally knock it out of the park.

Speaking of Super Bowl, what are your plans? Are you into football or the festivities and the food? I don’t watch American Football except for on Super Bowl Sunday (confession) but I love the festivities and the food! I understand the game (or so I tell myself) so I can pay attention, but I’m really here for the commercials.

Fortunately Mr. Jessiker Bakes does watch it so I can just continue to repeat whatever he says about it 🙂 .

I could not stop eating these Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, they are crispy, filled with flavour and spicy!

Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Keyword Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese or vegan shreds
  • 1/2 cup flour whole wheat flour works fine, so does white flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
Instructions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, hot sauce and cheese together. Set aside.
  • Remove florets from the cauliflower (aka don't use the stem). Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces, typically the size of chicken bites.
  • Toss the cauliflower in the mixture made earlier until well coated.
  • Season the panko bread crumbs with remaining salt ground black pepper and red pepper. Toss the cauliflower in the panko bread crumbs, half at a time until coated.
  • Spread out on a sprayed or greased baking sheet, and spray the "wings" with the cooking spray again to help with colour and crisping. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately. Serve with a dipping sauce (I used a barbecue sauce)
NOTES
by Jessica

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77 comments

  1. Sundeep says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering what brand of hot sauce is recommended?

    Thanks,
    Sundeep

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Sundeep! Great but tricky question! We have Jamaican roots so we love spicy food. That being said we recommend if you want something that is low – medium spicy and traditional try franks hot sauce (Its vegan!).

  2. Allison says:

    5 stars
    My husband and I just made these yesterday and they are AMAZING. We will be breaking this out for football games all season long!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Allison,

      Yay that is SO amazing and I’m so happy to hear that – thanks for sharing!! Enjoy football season!!

  3. Cher says:

    I would like to know if frozen cauliflower can be used in place of fresh, as fresh is hard to find at this time of year/ and quite expensive if I do find it. Thank you for your recipes.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Cher,

      Yes you can, and I’ve done it several times to ensure I can answer this/when I wanted to eat them and couldn’t find fresh myself! It’s a bit of a process, but possible:

      Thaw the cauliflower until at least most of the ice is removed (this depends on where you live, if it’s hot or cold, usually about 2 hours for me or overnight in the fridge if I know I’m making them the next day). Rinse off the excess ice crystals and pat dry. Then pre-bake it for 10 minutes at the same temp as in the recipe. This removes any excess liquid from freezing and ensure the cauliflower isn’t soggy. Pat dry and let cool completely. Then continue with the recipe as usual! That’s how I’ve done it, I hope that helps so much – enjoy!

      • Cher says:

        Thank you for the information. I have a son that has to be on a low carb diet so we cannot eat regular pizza.

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