Buffalo “Chicken” Cauliflower Bites

I did something super weird, you guys.

I made Buffalo Chicken out of cauliflower.

No, I’m not going vegetarian on you. I just happened to see this recipe from PETA  and decided that um, yeah. It needed to happen. Like, immediately.

And that’s the story of how I ate cauliflower covered in buffalo sauce for breakfast yesterday.

These were surprisingly good. At least, the flavor was. The texture was kind of weird for me. I think I was anticipating some crunch, but the cauliflower was completely cooked which made it soft.

Will I make these again? Probably. Next time I’m going to try frying them, though. I think the batter will stick bettter, crisp up more, and the cauliflower won’t have time to cook as much leaving some of that crunch there.   I know how y’all feel about frying though, so try the baked version! It’s good stuff!

Buffalo “Chicken” Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo “Chicken” Cauliflower Bites


  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix together the flour, milk, garlic powder, and salt to form a thin batter.
  3. Coat the cauliflower pieces in the batter and place on a shallow baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes.
  5. While the cauliflower is baking, heat the hot sauce and butter together over low heat until the butter has melted.
  6. Toss the baked cauliflower gently in the hot sauce mixture.
  7. Return to the baking sheet and bake for another 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with ranch dressing or blue cheese, for dipping.

lightly adapted from PETA

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26 Responses to “Buffalo “Chicken” Cauliflower Bites”

  1. Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain October 18, 2012 @ 10:47 am (#

    I love your creative recipe and I know my readers will too! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it with us? Thanks! ~Sheryl~ http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/cast-party-wednesday-link-party-63/


  2. Noelle (@singerinkitchen) October 18, 2012 @ 10:47 am (#

    This looks so good!


  3. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee October 18, 2012 @ 11:59 am (#

    i can see why this would be a weird texture change up.

    interested in what you think of when you fry it next time.


  4. Jocelyn October 18, 2012 @ 5:44 pm (#

    I think it sounds good. We just tried cauliflower pizza crusts for the first time and loved them!!!


  5. Loretta E October 18, 2012 @ 6:38 pm (#

    Woo wee! 1 cup of Frank’s! Seems like a lot to me, but I’m probably a wimp. I think I’d miss the crunch too. Roasting in a hot oven will give cauliflower a little crunch, so I’d try that next.


    • Karly replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

      @Loretta E,

      Add more butter and less Frank’s for a milder sauce. :)


  6. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 18, 2012 @ 8:00 pm (#

    Personally, I think anything covered in Frank’s is pretty much to die for. I’m always looking for fun ways to jazz up veggies, so I’m going to give this a try!


  7. Joanne October 18, 2012 @ 8:22 pm (#

    And here is exactly how I”m going to get my buffalo chicken fix this year! I <3 you.


  8. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 18, 2012 @ 9:25 pm (#

    Let us know how these are fried! They look good this way, though :)


  9. Jen @ Savory Simple October 19, 2012 @ 5:56 am (#

    I would inhale these! I wonder if I can get the hubby to try them.


  10. DessertForTwo October 19, 2012 @ 6:13 am (#

    I’m more than a little obsessed with cauliflower! I’ve got to try these!


  11. Beth @ Aunt B's Kitchen October 19, 2012 @ 12:54 pm (#

    What a good idea! Thank you for sharing it.


  12. Casey October 19, 2012 @ 2:08 pm (#

    Yumm!! I love this idea, what if you broiled it for the last couple minutes to get it a little crispy?


  13. Coleen Patrick October 19, 2012 @ 4:08 pm (#

    They look so YUM!!


  14. sally @ sallys Baking Addiction October 21, 2012 @ 5:38 pm (#

    KARLY. These are like my skinny jean’s dream come true. I love healthy tasting cauliflower… BUT making them taste unhealthy and like buffalo bites. AHHH. I think I love you my dear. Trying them fried? so sinful! I love it.


  15. Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain October 22, 2012 @ 3:38 pm (#

    Thanks for visiting me at Cast Party Wednesday and sharing your recipe!


  16. Mallory October 24, 2012 @ 9:59 pm (#

    Thanks for such a great recipe! I am forwarding this onto one of my followers on my blog – maybe she will follow you too! This is a great substitute for game day football foods!


  17. Maree October 26, 2012 @ 6:59 pm (#

    saw this on Pinterest and I decided to pan fry it for twice the amount of time and bake it for half the amount suggested. This recipe is great! I must say I am a total lover of “boneless wings” and having a healthier alternate is great. Delicious and easy, this recipe is a winner.


  18. Sara August 26, 2015 @ 12:31 am (#

    I tried these with gluten free flour and they came out good. The cauliflower was soft and the whole family agreed that we will try frying them next time to get the crunch to stay. Thanks for the recipe.



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