Try My “Wing Alternative”

If you’re like me, the start of a new year means you’re thinking about healthier lifestyle choices. That can be tough in Buffalo, given the state of our food-affairs: everything is over-the-top delicious here.

I wanted to try out a healthier, lighter alternative to wings for this Sunday’s game. As a self-proclaimed wing aficionado, I had VERY low expectations.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Try this recipe and let me know what you think. Everyone in the house loved it…including 13 year olds! Don’t knock it till you try it.


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons hot sauce (my preference is Frank’s, of course), divided


  • Pre-heat oven to 425o F.
  • Drain and press tofu; slice into bite-sized pieces & add to large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk cornstarch, salt, pepper & garlic powder together.
  • Toss tofu with cornstarch mixture with your hands, making sure each piece is lightly coated.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat and add the tofu, turning and tossing until a crisp, light brown outer layer has formed. Place in a large clean bowl.
  • Toss browned tofu with 3 tablespoons of hot sauce. Spread coated tofu on baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, flipping half-way through.
  • Remove from oven and place back in the sauce bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of hot sauce and toss to coat.

(There’s an air fryer version of this recipe too – preparation is slightly different, so be sure to check it out on the original post!)