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Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings (Paleo)

This copycat paleo version of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings taste so much like the real deal without the inflammatory oils and artificial ingredients!

Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings Paleo

Recently, I went with my husband to Buffalo Wild Wings while we were in Michigan to visit his family. I think I’ve been to BWW maybe 3 times in my life, but this is one of Charlie’s favorite spots that he used to go to all the time in college.

When we were there recently, Charlie insisted on getting the wings with Spicy Garlic Sauce and claimed that it was his favorite. Luckily, our server assured me that the sauce is gluten and dairy free, so I got to try it out for the first time. I did enjoy the wings, but of course, I couldn’t help wondering what the heck was actually in the sauce.

I later searched the ingredients on Buffalo Wild Wings’ website and here’s what I found to be present in the Spicy Garlic Sauce:

CAYENNE RED PEPPER, DISTILLED VINEGAR, WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, GARLIC (INCLUDING DEHYDRATED), MODIFIED CORN STARCH, EGG YOLK, XANTHAN GUM, SPICES, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, DEHYDRATED ONION, CITRIC ACID, MOLASSES, CORN SYRUP, CARAMEL COLOR, SUGAR, TAMARIND, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA ADDED TO PROTECT FLAVOR

Yikes. Soybean oil, corn starch, artificial flavors, corn syrup, caramel color, and calcium disodium EDTA??

No thank you. Those are harmful ingredients that cause inflammation and burden the liver, causing toxicity after long term use.

So, in order to satisfy the husband’s spicy wing cravings, I decided to recreate the Spicy Garlic Sauce at home, and the result is pretty darn fantastic.

Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings PaleoSpicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings Paleo

This sauce is different than the one for regular buffalo wings in that it’s thicker and creamier, and super garlicky. It’s also more spicy in that fiery way that can only be achieved with cayenne peppers. If you can’t handle spicy foods, you can reduce or omit the cayenne pepper in this recipe. But adding it in resembles the original version of the Spicy Garlic Sauce better, and we like that crazy spiciness in our household.

I’m happy to report that Charlie loved these wings and even said, “Your best one yet,” afterwards. So, if you are craving Buffalo Wild Wings but want to save money and avoid the shady ingredients in their sauces, I highly recommend this recipe because it really does taste so much like the original!

Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings PaleoSpicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings Paleo

5.0 from 7 reviews
Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings (Paleo)
 
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Ingredients
  • 2½ lbs of chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Spicy Garlic Sauce
  • ½ cup hot sauce, I used this brand
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp honey (Omit if on a sugar detox)
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (Reduce or omit if you like less spicy)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pat dry the wings and put the wings on a wire rack, skin side up. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and broil the wings for 5 minutes to make them crispy.
  4. While the wings are cooking, put all ingredients for the spicy garlic sauce in a wide mouth jar. Insert an immersion blender into the jar until it touches the bottom.
  5. Turn on the blender and blend until the mixture starts to emulsify and turn creamy. Slowly start moving the blender up and around until the sauce is completely emulsified. Pour the sauce into a large bowl.
  6. Once the wings are done, pour them into the bowl with the spicy garlic sauce and toss to coat.
  7. Serve with carrots, celery, and ranch.

Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free)

Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad [Video]

Refreshing and filling Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad is delicious and low carb, made with carrot and parsnip noodles!

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

I eat some kind of salad every single day as a meal, usually lunch. I love getting in some quality nutrients with a big ol’ bowl of veggies, in addition to healthy fats and proteins. Since my meals have to fill me up for several hours since I try to avoid snacking between them, my salads are usually chock full of filling and satiating ingredients that are low in sugar.

I made this Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad with exactly that in mind. Plus, I just love Asian flavors that are packed with umami and textures. The tender, juicy chicken in this recipe melds together with the freshness of the parsnip and carrot noodles and the crunchiness of the toasted cashews beautifully.

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle SaladPaleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

This salad reminds me of the papaya salads I had in Thailand. I had it everyday for the week that I was there because it was so delicious and spicy. While this Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad isn’t spicy, you can add a bit of spice to it if you’d like with sriracha sauce or spicy pepper flakes. Although I’m a huge fan of spicy, I actually enjoyed this salad as it was and didn’t feel like I needed to add anything to it.

The best thing about this dish is that it gets better and better as it sits and the flavors meld together. I would make a big batch in the beginning of the week and enjoy the leftovers. It’s the perfect recipe for batch-cooking!

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle SaladPaleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

5.0 from 7 reviews
Paleo Asian Chicken "Noodle" Salad
 
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Serves: 3-4 servings
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Dressing
Salad
  • 1 lb chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 parsnip
  • 3 carrots
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Cilantro or basil, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients for the dressing and stir together to mix.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of the dressing to the chicken and massage with your hands to coat evenly. Set the chicken aside to marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a spiralizer or vegetable slicer to slice the parsnip and carrots into thin noodle-like strips.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add cashews and cook stirring for 3-4 minutes, until the cashews are browned and toasted. Add to the parsnip and carrot mixture.
  5. Heat coconut oil in the skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook for 6 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  7. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice in bite-sized pieces. Add to the salad.
  8. Add green onions and the rest of the dressing. Stir to mix well.
  9. Add salt and pepper, if needed, and sprinkle sesame seeds and cilantro or basil leaves. Serve immediately or chill before ready to serve.

Asian Chicken (Noodle- Salad (Paleo, Gluten Free, Whole30)

Paleo Nacho Casserole

If you love nachos (who doesn’t?), you are going to want to make this dairy-free and paleo nacho casserole. It’s creamy and crispy at the same time, and has a ridiculously addicting flavor combo! 

Paleo Beef Nacho Casserole

The other day, a friend asked me, “What would your last meal be?” Without hesitation, I said, “Nachos. Loaded with EVERYTHING.” Because, friends, nachos are just the best kind of food filled with everything I love, and I wouldn’t be mad if it was the only thing I can eat for the rest of my life.

While my stomach can’t handle cheese and corn chips to have nachos regularly, I can make my own version at home using my Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese and Siete Foods tortilla chips. Oh, what a world we live in today.

So, the other day, I made this Paleo Nacho Casserole on a whim for dinner, and it turned out fantastic. And I’m so excited to share it with you!

Paleo Beef Nacho CasserolePaleo Beef Nacho Casserole

I’ll be honest. I was a bit nervous about how this recipe would turn out because I never cooked with my Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese. However, the cheesiness and the creaminess really come through in this recipe, and the crunchiness of the tortilla chip topping with that base is just a magical combo.

If you don’t have access to Siete Foods tortilla chips and you do okay with eating corn, you can use regular corn chips. You can even go with not using any chips at all, and just make the base as a dip for veggies. Top the whole thing with your favorites like avocado slices, guacamole, jalapeño slices, hot sauce, and/or chopped cilantro, and you have a ridiculously delicious meal that you won’t want to stop eating!

Paleo Beef Nacho CasserolePaleo Beef Nacho Casserole

5.0 from 6 reviews
Paleo Nacho Casserole
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1½ cups Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1½ cups crushed tortillas chips (I used Siete Foods, but you can also use corn chips if not strict paleo)
  • Optional toppings: cilantro, avocado, sliced jalapeno, olives
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Add onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes until soft and translucent.
  4. Add ground beef and sea salt, and sauté for 5-10 minutes until cooked through, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon.
  5. Remove from heat and drain the fat.
  6. Stir in salsa, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and Paleo Cauliflower Nacho Cheese.
  7. Add whisked eggs and stir together until mixed.
  8. Top evenly with crushed tortilla chips.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Top with any additional toppings you like before serving.

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Paleo Beef Nacho Casserole (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)