What to Make for Game Day If You Can’t Find Chicken Wings
You might find wings too tricky find (or too pricey to buy) this year. Here’s what to serve your party guests instead.
This weekend many of us will sit down to enjoy a massive championship, an over-the-top half-time show, hilarious ads and parties filled with delicious food — and if you’re anything like most football fans, you’re looking forward to those tangy buffalo wings. But the thing is, unfortunately you might have trouble finding them this year — or find that they’re a bit more expensive. Not having wings at your party might feel disappointing, but there are plenty of other dishes that are just as crowd-pleasing and hit similar flavor notes. Here are seven delicious alternatives to keep your guests happy.
Buffalo Drumsticks (pictured above)
Drumsticks serve as a great substitute for wings. They’re bigger, cheaper and the tender meat packs a lot of flavor. Plus they’re even easier to eat with one hand, so you can avoid a lot of the mess that comes with wings. Just toss them with a great buffalo sauce and your guests might find they enjoy them even more than wings!
These poppable chicken bites are just as fun and satisfying to eat as wings. Breaded and then fried until crispy and golden brown, the chicken pairs perfectly with a delicious honey sriracha mayo and makes for a tasty new crowd favorite.
Meatballs are tasty and simple to make, so they’re always a favorite at parties. This recipe calls for chicken instead of ground beef and finishes with a tasty buffalo sauce topped with gorgonzola cheese. Add some colorful cocktail picks to eliminate mess and give your dish a fun look.
Every party needs a dip, and this one is the perfect combination of tanginess and a crunchy, creamy, cheesy finish. As a complement to the dip, toast some baguette slices and serve instead of crackers or chips so your guests can scoop and enjoy.
Buffalo cauliflower is a great way to enjoy that familiar flavor, but keep things a bit lightened up. If you’re looking for a veggie-forward option, or just want to offer something different, this recipe is the way to go. Crispy, crunchy and tossed with a zesty buffalo sauce, this dish will keep everyone coming back for more.
Tater tots aren’t just for the kids, and nachos are always a crowd favorite. This recipe combines the two by roasting tots with some delicious spices and topping them with chicken, cheese, celery and a blue-cheese ranch drizzle. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, the tater tots won’t suffer from the same soggy fate that loaded fries do, but are just as fun to eat as wings.
Mac and cheese is a favorite of all ages, and this recipe takes things to the next level with the great taste of buffalo chicken. Cheddar and pepper jack cheese come together to create a tasty, smooth sauce that’s perfect with the tangy chicken and baked to a bubbly finish.