I think I will always remember the time when I realized that buffalo wings were, in fact, not made from buffalo. I was 25. Kidding, I was a kid, but I still feel kind of silly for not realizing that it was impossible seeing as buffalo are an extremely large animal. I of course learned that the dish originated at a bar in Buffalo, New York and the legendary football food was born. I wanted to recreate these paleo Buffalo Wings with Dairy Free Ranch Dressing so everyone could enjoy this spicy appetizer!
Another little piece of insight – despite their appearance, the small leg looking pieces are also not chicken legs. They're part of the wing! But you all knew that.
Typically, buffalo wings are either coated in flour and baked or deep fried. Some are baked without a breading and that's the route I chose to go. Most Americans cannot fathom a game day without them, so I set out to recreate them for you all Paleo style! The type of sauce you use is important. A lot of hot sauces have hidden ingredients so I love to use the Arizona Peppers Organic brand that you can find at a lot of health stores. Here it is on Amazon so you can see the label, but this is a bulk box so beware of the price! There's varying levels of spice with different bottles so chose one that works for your taste. This one has quite the kick! When you're checking the labels you want to look for simplicity – peppers, vinegar, and salt really should be it.
The dressing is also key in my opinion. While I do love a good blue cheese dressing, I chose to do a dairy-free herb Ranch style dressing. You can absolutely throw some blue cheese crumbles into this dip though if you can tolerate dairy! And don't forget the celery and carrot sticks to help cut the bite of the spice.
Sounds perfect! How long with the Ranch keep in the fridge? I’d like to stick some in a bottle to keep it on hand; I know the lemon juice naturally preserves it, I just don’t know how long…
Against All Grain
I would say 3-4 days in the fridge.
What is the teaspoon of white vinegar for?
Busy Paleo Mom
This ranch dressing is delicious! It’s my “go to” ranch dressing for sure!
Being from Buffalo, I can tell you that one, the only acceptable hot sauce to use is Frank’s, and two, the correct dipping sauce is blue cheese, not ranch. At least if you’re trying to attach “Buffalo” to this recipe…..
If you don’t have anything nice to say…
Not everyone is able to tolerate dairy or mold, and bleu cheese is both. Soooo…. yeah. Not always an option, and dairy free ranch is good alternative.
You DID realize that this entire website is dedicated to modifying recipes to suit various dietary restrictions, yes?
These were GREAT!! Thank you for the great appetizer recipe. Being new to Paleo diet and trying to conquer old habit food cravings – this recipe helps. I understand blue cheese dressing is best for “buffalo wings”, but for people who cannot due the cheese the ranch is a perfect replacement. My ranch did not come out the first time, but this was due to me creating my paleo mayo for the first time and it being the item that failed. Since have made again and it is wonderful! THANK YOU!
Hey! Quick question- does coconut milk mean the canned coconut milk or the refrigerated coconut milk (like Silk brand etc.) I’ve searched all over the web and can’t find an answer!
Danielle always recommends coconut milk from the can in her recipe (unless otherwise specified). Here is her favorite brand. ~Eileen https://bit.ly/1rXMACJ
This is delicious. Didn’t even need the vinegar. Thanks for a great recipe! Will definitely make again 🙂
I’ve been on the 21-DSD and found this is the only thing (pepper sauce modified) that I feel like eating. I think I’ve made this recipe a dozen times in the past 20 days! Thank you.