Sticky Chilli Cauliflower Wings

Chilli Orange Cauliflower Wings 1

Yep, we’re back on the cauliflower wings!

It’s been a while since I shared a bar snack, but I think it was worth the wait. These Sticky Chilli Cauliflower Wings are super easy to make, and they’re just the thing for your Saturday night Netflix (and chilli?)

A bowl of these spicy orange delights, a vegan Caesar, some potato wedges and Stranger Things makes for a pretty great night in around here.

Chilli Orange Cauliflower Wings

On the back of the success and popularity of my previous wing-spired snacks, I’ve been playing around with different flavours, coatings and techniques. I love the richness of orange that you get with homemade BBQ sauce, but I wanted something lighter, and even easier to make.

Chilli Orange Cauliflower Wings

So with this chilli orange sauce you only need FIVE ingredients!

  • orange juice;
  • dates;
  • garlic cloves;
  • soy sauce; and
  • chilli sauce.

I use Cholula, because it’s sugar-free, and I really can’t get on-board with Sriracha (don’t hate me!) It’s SO SWEET.

Chilli Orange Cauliflower Wings

Not that these wings aren’t sweet as well as spicy – that’s the delicious beauty of them – but they’re sweet to a degree I can handle.

This version came about as a bit of an accident (don’t all the best ones?).

Chilli Orange Cauliflower Wings

During one of the many weekends this year that Dan spent slaving away, renovating our bedroom (thank you, husband!), I’d ferreted myself away in the kitchen looking for anything to throw together for a quick lunch away from the paint stripping/sanding/painting/moving radiators.

We had a cauliflower, some fruit and the usual cupboard bits and bobs, so I figured I could combine the principles of my Sticky Peanut Cauliflower Wings, and these yummy BBQ Tofu Wings.

And it worked out pretty well!

Chilli Orange Cauliflower Wings

These wings are:

  • spicy;
  • sweet;
  • sticky;
  • crunchy; and
  • gone far too quickly.

Whatever you’re up to, I hope you enjoy digging into a bowl this weekend.

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It's easy to make your own vegan wings at home! These Sticky Chilli Cauliflower Wings are sweet and spicy, sticky, crunchy and delicious!
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: 60 minutes or less
  • Wings:
  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • Batter:
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp gram flour
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Chilli Orange Sauce:
  • 1 orange, juice & zest (ensure organic/unwaxed for zest)
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce (I use Cholula)
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp good soy sauce
  1. Heat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into bite-size florets.
  3. Combine the batter ingredients in a mixing bowl. You want it to be quite thick to stick to the cauliflower, so adjust with flour and water until you have a consistency you're happy with.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  5. Dip each floret into the batter, coat completely, allow any excess to drip off then place on the tray.
  6. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. While the wings are cooking, make the sauce. Put all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and cook on a medium heat on the hob for about 12 minutes. Use a potato masher to break down the dates as it's cooking. You want to end up a thick, sticky sauce.
  8. After the wings have cooked for 20 minutes, remove them from the oven. Carefully tip them into the sauce and gently mix until they are all coated. Put them back on the oven tray using a spoon and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.



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