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!
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.
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!
- 2½ lbs of chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Pat dry the wings and put the wings on a wire rack, skin side up. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 40 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and broil the wings for 5 minutes to make them crispy.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the wings are done, pour them into the bowl with the spicy garlic sauce and toss to coat.
- Serve with carrots, celery, and ranch.