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Spicy Garlic Sauce Paleo Chicken Wings (Whole30, Keto)

This copycat paleo version of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Spicy Garlic Sauce Paleo 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.

Buffalo Wild Wings Copycat

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, and just no good for our health!

Spicy Garlic Sauce Paleo Chicken Wings Recipe

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 Paleo

Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings Paleo

Addicting, Creamy Sauce

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 paleo chicken wings 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!

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Spicy Garlic Sauce Chicken Wings Paleo
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Spicy Garlic Sauce Paleo Chicken Wings (Whole30, Keto)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 498kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs chicken wings drumettes & flats separated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Spicy Garlic Sauce

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp honey Omit for Whole30
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Reduce or omit if you like less spicy

Instructions

  • 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.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

OMG, how good do these look? I made these sweet and sour chicken wings on a whim over the weekend because C requested wings for the NFL playoffs. I don’t much care for the teams that are in the playoffs this year, except for NY Giants, but I was way more excited about eating wings (typical me).

We usually eat my Game Day Baked Chicken Wings, but since my mom is still staying with us and following the AIP diet, I made this new nightshade-free version as well and it turned out pretty fantastic. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

I love the combination of sweet and sour. I usually do not like sweet foods on its own, but the addition of sour really balances the flavors and I enjoyed this a lot. It was such a nice change to the hot wings that we usually eat, and I was happy that my mom really liked it as well. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings-11

I highly recommend broiling the wings at the end if you like crispy chicken wings. I love biting into the slight char on the skin, especially when it’s coated in the sticky, yummy sauce.

Also, it’s awards season! Anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? How fun. Seeing from the results, it looks like I really need to go see La La Land. I mean, I don’t need much convincing when it’s a love story with 2 very good looking people starring in it.

Whether it’s a game day or an awards show watching night, I think you’ll love these sweet and sour chicken wings. It definitely was a hit in our household!

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings
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Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, packed
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (omit for sugar detox)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic (omit for low FODMAP)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle the wings with salt and toss gently to coat.
  • Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • While the wings are baking, place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Pour out the sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once boiling, bring the heat to medium low to bring the sauce to simmer.
  • Whisk the sauce frequently until it's thickened and reduced to half. Pour out the sauce into a large bowl.
  • Once the chicken is done, add the wings to the sauce and toss until well coated.
  • Optional: Place back in the oven and broil for 3 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  • Garnish with more chopped chives before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free AIP Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings