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Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Gone are the days when you couldn’t have chicken wings. These Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings are a serious flavor combination that can’t be stopped.

Move over, chicken wings! These vegan buffalo chicken wings made from seitan are about to take over your game day spread. 

Photo of Vegan Buffalo Wings. There are multiple wings in a white bowl, with a small black bowl of ranch dressing in the bowl for dipping. There are also carrot sticks in the back of the white bowl.

Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, these wings pack a serious flavor punch thanks to their buffalo sauce coating. 

Serve them up with some celery and blue cheese dressing for the ultimate finger food experience. Add a side of Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic for the most flavorful dinner!

Reasons Why You’ll Love Veggie Wings

  • These Seitan wings are vegan! No chickens were harmed in the making of these wings. We also have this Jackfruit Tacos recipe that is completely vegan and SO delicious!
  • These wings are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
  • They’re coated in a delicious buffalo sauce that will tantalize your taste buds.
  • Vegan Chicken Wings are perfect for sharing with friends at your next game-day gathering. And if you love vegan appetizers, try these Veggie Spring Rolls at your next party.
Top view photo of the ingredients to make the vegan buffalo sauce, in separate bowls. This includes buffalo sauce, vegan butter, and garlic and onion powder.

Ingredients and Substitutions

When it comes to making these wings, you’ll need:

Seitan “Chicken Wings” –  You can find these at most health food stores in the freezer section. I like to use the brand Beyond Meat. If you can’t find seitan wings, you could also use cauliflower florets. Of course, you can also do a DIY version.

Buffalo Hot Sauce  –  You can use any kind of hot sauce that you like. I prefer to use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

Oil – I used vegetable oil because it has a high smoke point, but you could also use olive oil or avocado oil.

Vegan butter – You shouldn’t have any problems finding vegan butter at the store. 

Onion and Garlic Powder – These spices work together perfectly to create a balanced flavor profile.

Vegan Ranch –  You can easily find Vegan Ranch at the grocery store, or make your own! You could also use blue cheese dressing. 

Celery and carrots –  These are traditional accompaniments to chicken wings. You could also add some chopped-up kale or other greens.

Collage of photos to make Vegan Buffalo Wings. Step 1 shows vegan buffalo wings on a backing sheet with parchment paper. They are being brushed with oil with a sauce brush. In the second step, it shows a white bowl filled with buffalo sauce, with melted vegan sauce being poured into the pour. In step three, it is showing a whisk, mixing together the vegan butter and buffalo sauce until fully combined. And in the final step, it shows the sauce being poured on the vegan buffalo wings, which are in a white bowl.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings 

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400°F/205°C degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush the seitan “wings” with the vegetable oil on both sides.

Step 2: Bake for 15 minutes, flip them, and bake for 10 more minutes. While the wings are baking make the sauce. Place the hot sauce in a small bowl.

Step 3: Whisk in the melted butter and spices, and set aside. Once the wings are out of the oven, add them to a medium bowl, pour the buffalo sauce on top, and toss

Step 4: The wings will be very saucy. Serve with ranch, carrot sticks, and celery.

For the full recipe for Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings, refer to the recipe below.

Closeup photo of a white bowl filled with vegan buffalo wings. There is a hand holding one of the wings, and dipping it into a small black bowl filled with vegan ranch dressing. There are also carrot sticks in the back of the bowl.

Tips and Tricks for Making Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings

Pan Fry: These veggie wings are also delicious pan-fried in a bit of oil (a few minutes on each side). Just make sure that the sauce is thoroughly cooked before serving.

Double Fry: For extra crispy wings, you can fry them twice. First, fry them in a shallow layer of oil for a few minutes on each side until they are browned. Then, add them to the baking sheet and bake according to the recipe instructions.

Try a Different Sauce: Not a fan of buffalo sauce? No problem! You can easily swap out the buffalo sauce for BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or any other sauce that you like.

Vegan Chicken Wings Recipe FAQs

What is seitan?

Seitan is a wheat-based protein that has a texture similar to chicken. It’s often used as a vegetarian or vegan meat substitute.

What should I serve with vegan buffalo chicken wings?

These wings are delicious with a side of celery and carrot sticks and your favorite dipping sauce.

How hot do you like your buffalo sauce?

You can make these wings as hot or as mild as you like by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper in the buffalo sauce recipe.

What is the best way to reheat vegan buffalo chicken wings?

These wings can be reheated in a 350°F/175°C oven for about 10 minutes. You can also reheat them in the microwave.

Do I have to use vegan butter?

No, you don’t have to use vegan butter, but it does add a nice richness to the buffalo sauce. If you don’t want to use vegan butter, you can substitute it with olive oil.

Photo of a white bowl filled with Vegan Buffalo Wings, carrot sticks, celery sticks, and a small black bowl filled with vegan ranch dressing. There is also a white tea towel in the foreground.

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Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings

Closeup photo of a white bowl filled with vegan buffalo wings. There is a hand holding one of the wings, and dipping it into a small black bowl filled with vegan ranch dressing. There are also carrot sticks in the back of the bowl.
Gone are the days when you couldn't have chicken wings. These Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings are a serious flavor combination that can't be stopped.
Louisa
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F/205°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and then brush the seitan “wings” with the vegetable oil on both sides.
    Closeup photo of vegan buffalo wings, on a parchment lined baking sheet. The wings are being brushed with oil using a red sauce brush.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip them, and bake for 10 more minutes.
    Top view photo of a hand holding a baking sheet. The baking sheet is lined with parchment paper. On the baking sheet are cooked vegan buffalo chicken wings, ready to add sauce to.
  • While the wings are baking make the sauce. Place the hot sauce in a small sized bowl.
    Top view photo of a hand holding a small white bowl filled with melted vegan butter. The small white bowl is being poured into a bigger white bowl filled with buffalo sauce.
  • Whisk in the melted butter and spices, set aside.
    Top view photo of a white bowl filled with buffalo sauce and vegan butter, being mixed together with a hand holding a wire whisk.
  • Once the wings are out of the oven, add them to a medium bowl, pour the buffalo sauce on top, and toss. The wings will be very saucy.
    Photo of a white bowl filled with multiple vegan buffalo wings, with the sauce being poured on top.
  • Serve with ranch, carrot sticks, and celery.
    Photo of a white bowl filled with Vegan Buffalo Wings, carrot sticks, celery sticks, and a small black bowl filled with vegan ranch dressing. There is also a white tea towel in the foreground.

Notes

Pan Fry: These veggie wings are also delicious pan-fried in a bit of oil (a few minutes on each side). Just make sure that the sauce is thoroughly cooked before serving.
Double Fry: For extra crispy wings, you can fry them twice. First, fry them in a shallow layer of oil for a few minutes on each side until they are browned. Then, add them to the baking sheet and bake according to the recipe instructions.
Try a Different Sauce: Not a fan of buffalo sauce? No problem! You can easily swap out the buffalo sauce for BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or any other sauce that you like.

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