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


  • 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.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

Affiliate Links: This blog contains affiliate links.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 987kcal Calories from fat 311
% Daily Value
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 6153mg 256%
Carbohydrate 142g 47%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 26g
Protein 33g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

lightly adapted from PETA