Super Bowl weekend is right around the corner, and we’re encouraging everyone attending Super Bowl parties or watching the game to try delicious and widely available plant-based wings that are sure to satisfy your game-day cravings.
Chickens are extraordinary animals with complex social structures and 30 different vocalizations to distinguish between threats. They’re loving mothers, too. Mother hens are known to defend their babies from predators and can vocalize with them before they’ve even hatched.
Sadly, an estimated 700 chickens are slaughtered for people watching the Super Bowl alone so that their wings, thighs, and legs can be eaten.
The good news is that we can all take a stand against cruelty and save chickens’ lives on Super Bowl Sunday and beyond by choosing delicious plant-based chicken wings that don’t harm any animals.
Check out some of our top picks below — even if you’re not planning on watching the game!
1. Field Roast Buffalo Wings
Field Roast Buffalo Wings are a perfect game day appetizer. Crafted with Yukon Gold potatoes and a blend of classic spices, they’re lightly battered and fried to perfection. Cook them in a sauté pan or in the oven, then add the mouth-watering buffalo sauce that’s included and you’ll be good to go! You can buy them online or find a store near you.
2. Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Wings
Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Wings by Gardein are a delicious, crispy, plant-based alternative that everyone is sure to enjoy. You can bake them in the oven, air fryer, or toaster oven. They come in both BBQ and buffalo flavors, so you can try both! You can use this locator to find a store near you that has them stocked.
3. Morning Star Farms Veggie Buffalo Wings
Although Morning Star Farms is not yet a 100% vegan brand, their veggie buffalo wings are vegan, and they’re delicious! The wings are buffalo flavored and don’t come with separate sauce, but you can jazz them up if you want with your plant-based sauce of choice! Morning Star products are available in most grocery stores, including Walmart and Target.
4. Jack & Annie’s Buffalo Jack Wings
Jack & Annie’s Buffalo Jack Wings are made of jackfruit, covered in a tasty breading, and smothered in buffalo sauce. You can find them in the freezer section at Target, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and many other popular grocery stores.
5. BeLeaf Drumsticks
BeLeaf’s vegan drumsticks come on a piece of sugar cane vine, have a mouthwatering, smoky flavor, and go perfect with BBQ, buffalo, or sweet and sour sauce! Here’s where you can pick them up.
6. Sol Cuisine Hot & Spicy Chik’n Wings
The Hot & Spicy Chik’n Wings by Sol Cuisine are made with soy and wheat and are coated in a crispy breading. They’re perfect for those who like a little kick! Try them with your favorite vegan ranch or plant-based blue cheese. Here’s where you can find them.
7. Lily’s Vegan Pantry Vegan Chicken Legs
The Vegan Chicken Legs by Lily’s Vegan Pantry are perfectly flavored but feel free to add your own sauce to them, too. They can be reheated in the oven, air fryer, or any other way you prefer. You can order them online and have them shipped to your house by clicking here.
8. Homemade Tofu Wings
If you prefer to make wings yourself, why not try tofu wings? There are so many delicious, easy recipes that are available online, including this Crispy Baked Buffalo Tofu Wing by The Curious Chickpea, and the Vegan Buffalo Tofu Wings recipe by Shane & Simple. You can make your own plant-based ranch, too, which doesn’t require too many ingredients. Try out one of our favorite recipes by Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen here.
9. Homemade Cauliflower Wings
There’s also the option to make your own cauliflower wings, which are a delicious and healthier alternative to chicken wings. Try out this Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings recipe by The Healthy Kitchen, smother in your favorite sauce, and you’re ready to watch the game! You could also try out these Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites by veganlifestyle.ig.
10. Order To-Go
Places across the country offer mouth-watering veggie wings that you can bring home to watch the game. From the special recipe wings at Chicago Diner in Chicago, Illinois, to the award-winning buffalo wings at Green in Phoenix, Arizona, and so many places in between, chances are you’ll find some near you. The national chain Yard House offers vegan wings made with Gardein – just be sure to omit the ranch on the side. There are also Veggie Grill locations across the country that offer mouth-watering buffalo wings you can try, or you could try looking up a local spot near you by visiting HappyCow.com, searching your city, and seeing what restaurants offer plant-based options in your area.
All of the delicious plant-based chicken options available today make it easier than ever to enjoy the game day snacks we love without harming sensitive chickens. If you’d like more vegan tips, feel free to check out our Starter Guide to Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle.