July 29th is National Chicken Wing Day, also known as National Buffalo Wings Day. Buffalo, New York is believed to be the birthplace of the chicken wing as a desired dish. In the early 1960s, the wings were considered the least desirable cuts of the chicken and were saved for stock. But one night in 1964, the owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY made her son a late-night snack – she deep-fried chicken wings and tossed them in butter and hot sauce. They were an instant hit and Buffalo wings were born. At least, that’s the most popular story and in 1977, the mayor of Buffalo declared July 29th National Chicken Wing Day.
However chicken wings as a dish came about, there is no denying their popularity. In 2013, 27 billion chicken wings were eaten, 1.23 billion just on Super Bowl weekend. More statistics will tell you that is over 100 million pounds of wings and that if you laid out the wings end to end, they would circle the perimeter of the Earth twice!
The statistic you rarely see, however, is that 27 billion chicken wings come from over 13 billion chickens – innocent living beings slaughtered for no reason other than unnecessary food. Chickens that have been genetically modified which causes them great suffering even before they are killed. Chickens are beautiful, smart and friendly and deserve to live their lives in peace. Check out 7 Good Reasons to Eat Less Chicken, 10 Things to Love About Chickens and 7 Surprising Reasons Chickens Make Awesome Friends. Our favorite pictures of chickens show them running around and being cute like these 10 Stunning Chickens, not cut up on a plate and covered with sauce.
There is no reason to eat chickens especially when it’s so easy to make vegan versions of all your favorite chicken dishes including Vegan Fried “Chicken,” Crispy Nuggets and Chicken-less Burgers. Learn How to Make Epic Vegan BBQ Tofu Wings or make these Sticky Peanut Cauliflower Wings and Orange Soy Maple Sticky Tenders.
Buffalo sauce is no longer just for wings. You can put Buffalo sauce on anything – burgers, pizza, vegetables – seriously, anything tastes incredible with Buffalo sauce on it. That’s why we are changing the holiday up a bit. We are going to spend the day indulging in these 14 amazing Buffalo sauce-based vegan dishes and when it comes to wings, we will celebrate them where they belong – flapping away on safe and happy chickens.
1. Buffalo Tofu Fries
These Buffalo Tofu Fries are made with frozen tofu that’s cooked and tossed in a spicy and fire-y Buffalo sauce. Served with carrot and celery sticks and your favorite dipping sauce, these are the perfect answer to that craving for an old favorite.
2. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw
This Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy is a lighter version of the classic sandwich featuring grilled and marinated tofu. It’s topped with a creamy slaw of apples and cabbage to help cool down the Buffalo sauce.
3. Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Meatballs
These little Buffalo Tempeh Meatballs are moist, flavorful and tossed in a hot, spicy Buffalo tomato sauce. Served with celery, carrot sticks and vegan blue cheese dressing, these are perfect for any party or game night menu.
4. Buffalo Cauliflower With Sweet Potato Noodles
The Buffalo cashew cream sauce that covers the roasted cauliflower in this dish is just… well, make it and you’ll be able to finish that sentence. Served with Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles, this recipe is otherworldly!
5. Spicy Buffalo Quinoa Burgers
Here is a unification of two favorite earthly things: buffalo wing sauce and burgers. Hearty, spicy and satisfying, these Spicy Buffalo Quinoa Burgers are as filling as they are tasty. Serve them alongside some sweet potato fries and you truly have a match made in heaven.
6. ‘Chicken-Fried’ Seitan Steak With Buffalo Vinaigrette
This “Chicken-Fried” Seitan Steak with Buffalo Vinaigrette is like having Buffalo wings and fried chicken in one cruelty-free dish. It’s served over a carrot and celery salad tossed with a Buffalo sauce vinaigrette for a delicious, indulgent meal.
7. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
These Cauliflower Buffalo Bites are a crowd-pleaser for any event. Chicken wings are never missed when you can have cauliflower bites. Serve these with celery sticks, carrots, and plant-based Blue Cheez Dressing.
8. Bangin’ Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza
Everyone is going to be drooling over this Bangin’ Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza. From the roasted cauliflower to the spelt pizza crust to the homemade tomato sauce and blue cheese dressing, every part of this pizza is amazing!
9. Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Whether for an appetizer, main dish or party food, these Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are so tasty, hot and tangy, you better make a few heads worth because once you pop one of these bites into your mouth, you won’t be able to stop.
10. Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas
This recipe is quick, easy, and contains only 3 ingredients – chickpeas, vegan butter and hot sauce! Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas are a great addition to salads, or eaten as a snack all on their own. Be warned, they are addictive.
11. Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps
These Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps are a totally new twist of Buffalo sauce dishes. Roasted cauliflower tossed in Buffalo sauce is served in lettuce wraps with tahini, avocado, grape tomatoes and sesame seeds. Yum!
12. Vegan Buffalo BBQ Chicken
Two favorite sauces combine for a fantastic twist on both Buffalo sauce and barbecue sauce. This Vegan Buffalo BBQ Chicken dish has a spicy, smoky and decadent sauce that will knock your socks off.
13. Spicy Cauliflower Chickpea Burger
This Spicy Cauliflower Chickpea Burger will leave you wondering why meat was ever an option. Smothered with Buffalo sauce, filled with veggies, and piled with amazing toppings, you better open wide because you want the whole thing in your mouth!
14. Buffalo Mac and Cheese Crumble
The only thing better than mac and cheese is Buffalo Mac and Cheese! Creamy, cheesy and spicy with soy curls and a crumble on top, this will forever change the way you eat mac and cheese.
Buffalo sauce is delicious and there are so many different foods we can eat it with and have that spicy, lip-tingling flavor we love. No wings required!
Lead Image Photo: Cauliflower Buffalo Bites