No Chicken Wings? 3 Amazing Buffalo Chicken Alternatives

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A plate of buffalo tendersThe National Chicken Council released a report that said the demand for wings this year is at “an all-time high” due to decreased wing production caused by the high cost of corn and feed prices.

Due to this, the estimated number of wings to be consumed during Super Bowl weekend is 1.23 billion wing segments, which is 12.3 million, or around 1%, less than last year.

So just in case you can’t find any chicken wings at your local store, how can you still get that savory, spicy goodness you crave???

Here are three buffalo chicken recipes, with a few healthy touches, that might just be better than the traditional classic that inspired them:

Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

8 medium chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds total)

2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

1/2 cup of chopped onion

1 clove of garlic, minced

1/2 cup of chicken broth

2 – 4 tablespoons of bottled hot pepper sauce

Celery sticks

1/4 cup blue cheese salad dressing

Directions

1. Skin chicken. In a plastic or paper bag combine flour and paprika. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, shaking to coat well. In a 10-inch skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat about 10 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned, turning to brown evenly. Remove chicken; set aside.

2. In drippings in skillet cook onion and garlic about 5 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Combine chicken broth and hot pepper sauce; stir into skillet. (Avoid inhaling fumes caused by cooking the hot pepper sauce.) Return chicken to skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink.

3. Transfer chicken to platter. Skim fat from sauce, if necessary. To serve, spoon some of the sauce over chicken; pass remaining sauce. Serve with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition

Per serving: Calories, 444, Fat, total (g) 30, chol. (mg) 112, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 11, pro. (g) 32, sodium (mg) 488, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Prep Time
: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)

1 cup low-fat buttermilk

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders

1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower

1/3 cup hot sauce

2 tablespoons melted butter

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