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

Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

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Serves: 3
Category: Dinner
  • 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
  • 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)
Tags: cauliflower, Vegetarian cauliflower, Vegetarian
by Jessica

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  1. Oh my gosh! These look A-mazing!!! I love spicy appetizers and I feel like I could gobble these down without feeling TOO guilty! I am adding these to my Superbowl line up!!!! Pinned!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Renee! It was great eating this and knowing I didn’t have to feel guilty!

  2. Monica says:

    What a great way to use cauliflower! I’ve got it and chickpeas on my brain this week and there’s a cauliflower waiting to be used in my fridge right now. I need to get inventive instead of steaming it like I usually do. This is my kind of Super Bowl eats!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Monica! You should really try it; you won’t believe how delicious it is!

  3. Aaron says:

    Wow this is a really cool recipe. I haven’t seen anything like this before, and I can’t wait to try it.

  4. These looks awesome – perfect party food!

  5. So I love Cauliflower and I loveeee Cheesy, These bites are like heaven!! So cheesy and delicious!

  6. These wings are fun! I love them!

  7. What a marvelous cauliflower recipe, Jess! Love the flavours!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

  8. Kelly says:

    These look incredible and so tasty Jessica! I love that you used cauliflower and that they are baked! Pinning and can’t wait to try these – we love spicy buffalo snacks so these cauliflower bites would definitely make us feel less guiltier 🙂

  9. Fabulous use of cauliflower. I find them boring on their own so I always look for ways to dress them up. This looks amazing!!

    • Jessica says:

      Ever since I started using it in place of meat, I’ve totally loved it! Thanks Zainab! 🙂

  10. This looks really good! I’ve heard how versatile cauliflower is, but I’ve never tried to do anything like this. That needs to change, because it looks amazing! Pinning!

  11. ela@GrayApron says:

    Wow…what a great way to eat cauliflower without…thinking “cauliflower”! Definitely on my to do list! Thanks 🙂 ela

  12. Wow are these awesome! Seriously so creative. I bet they are addictive!

  13. We LOVE cauliflower wings around here, but adding cheese sounds even better! I don’t watch the Super Bowl, but I can eat these while watching trashy reality shows too, right? 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kiersten! Of course; I barely watch the actual Super Bowl, so how could I say no?

  14. These look delicious!! YUM!! I hope that you have a great week 🙂

  15. This looks delicious! Cauliflower is one of the few vegetables my daughter likes. Will have to make this for her. I am sure she will love it!

  16. Liz says:

    These sound amazing, Jessica! I think I’d like them even better than chicken wings!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Liz! I won’t lie; they gave my chicken wings a run for their money!

  17. What a great vegetarian alternative for wings. Very creative recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  18. I don’t eat meat, but don’t like serving just veggies when I have people over. This looks like a great compromise!

  19. Johlene says:

    Hey there! Love this idea and could easily see it served as a tapa here in Spain 😉
    ps. I deleted your comment (by mistake..was using my touchscreen when I replied..) on my salted pretzel & caramel cupcake post.. just wanted to say thanks!! lol Xx

    • Jessica says:

      Oh it’s fine Johlene, haha. But that sounds amazing having this as a tapas!

  20. Wow, I never would have known that this was cauliflower, but I am ready to dig in!

  21. Cauliflower is amazingly versatile indeed! I can’t wait to try this new way to cook it. It looks delicious! I love this dish : )


  23. I need this in my life! Brilliant! 😀 Absolutely Pinning!

  24. Love love love this idea! I need to make something like this for the superbowl party…I’m still trying to lose that holiday weight gain.

  25. My husband and I are looking for some great healthy recipes this year, I’m going to put this on the top of our list for our next dinner party, appetizer!

  26. Joel A. says:

    This looks and sounds fantastic! Its really easy, I can definitely do this.

  27. Wow, I would have never thought of buffalo cauliflower wings! This is so cool and I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  28. Pam says:

    I really want to try these. I have a question – Why does it say 1 3/4 cups sharp cheddar at the top of the recipe, but 1/2 cup in the recipe?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Pam! No idea how 1 ¾ cups got up there! I’ve taken it out and what you see is the correct recipe :). Hope you enjoy!

  29. Jessica,

    Shout-out to you.I added your fabulous recipe to my latest article (and will be trying this recipe tomorrow!)

    27 Super Bowl Cocktails, Appetizers & Sweet Treats to Eat: Winning Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

    Thanks for sharing – it looks delish!

    Jace Shoemaker-Galloway
    The Queen of Holidays

  30. Maria Moran says:

    When you mix the flour, seasonings, cheese, & hot sauce together is the mixture suppose to be like pancake batter? Mine was too thick & I had a hard time coating the cauliflower with it. I probably should have added more hot sauce to make the batter thinner.

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Maria,

      The batter is a bit thick but not that thick and should stick easily. Was the cauliflower dry? It should be dry before. Hope that helps and I hope it went well!

  31. Geiberuam says:

    The Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings is a delecious recipe!

    PS: 450 degree fahrenheit equals 230 degree Celsius.

    Thank you! Geiberuam from Germany

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Geiberuam,

      So glad you enjoyed them and thanks for the equivalent temperature! Thanks for the feedback!

  32. Sundeep says:

    I was wondering what brand of hot sauce is recommended?


    • 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!).

  33. Allison says:

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

    Rating: 5
    • Jessica says:

      Hey Allison,

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

  34. 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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