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December 31, 2009

Tempeh Hot Wings

Don't let the Chicago Bears hoodie that I am wearing today fool you. This sweatshirt is as far as my team spirit goes. (Dad, if you are reading this, I'm sorry!) Football season around here means gathering at the home of the person with the largest flat screen TV, getting rowdy, and eating greasy finger foods like potato chips with onion dip, cocktail wieners, and hot wings. My lack of team spirit may be due to the fact that flat screen TVs, getting rowdy, and wieners/wings don't much appeal to me (well, maybe I do like to get a little bit rowdy sometimes). On the other hand, you can give me a bag of peanuts and send me to a baseball game any day!

There is something about these vegan tempeh hot wings that has me feeling all sorts of team spirit today. These are just so incredibly delicious that it makes me want to go out and pick up a big flat screen TV so that people might consider coming to my house for the game.

Perhaps that would be going overboard.. just a tad.

Tempeh Hot Wings

Note: I used Louisiana style hot sauce in the sauce and the result was mild enough that people with lower tolerance to spice could handle it (tested and approved!).
8 oz package of tempeh
1/3 cup rice milk
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp paprika
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2/3 c panko breadcrumbs (may substitute regular breadcrumbs)

4 tbsp margarine, melted
2 1/2 tbsp hot sauce
4 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp agave nectar

In a small saucepan, boil about three cups of water. Cut the tempeh into four equal blocks, then cut those blocks into triangles, and carefully slice the triangles in half lengthwise. Put the tempeh in the boiling water and cover, for about fifteen mintes or until tempeh is softened. Pour the pan into a colander and rise with cold water. Allow the tempeh to cool enough that you can handle it.While the tempeh is cooling, make the sauce. In a large pot, combine all of the sauce ingredients and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Make your assembly line for the wings. Put your rice milk in the first bowl, your flour and spices in the second, and your panko in the third. (Note: I recommend separating half of the two dry ingredient bowls because as the assembly goes it starts to get clumpy and it is nice to switch over to a bowl of fresh dry ingredients.) At the end of the line, have a greased baking sheet waiting.

Take a tempeh triangle, and dip it in the milk, then coat in flour. Then another quick dip in the milk before thoroughly coating it in the bread crumbs and placing it on the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the tempeh.

Spray the tops of the wings with cooking spray, and bake in the oven for ten minutes. Remove, flip over, and bake for ten more. Just before you take the wings out of the oven, heat the sauce over a medium heat until just warm. When you take the wings out, transfer them to the pot a few at a time and coat in the sauce, remove and set coated wings aside as you go. Serve immediately.


  1. I've been wanting to try tempeh and this sounds like a fabulous way to give it a go! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  2. What a coincidence! Just last night I was out to dinner with a few friends, and they ordered boneless hot wings. I thought how awesome a vegan version would be (I've never tried to make this or had any). Yay! I want to see if I can make these for the party tonight.

  3. Sounds really good Sarah. I do like anything with hot sauce.


  4. Wow! This looks and sounds amazingly delicious! What a fantastic presentation! I loved it, way to go, Sarah!

    Best wishes for a very very happy and healthy 2010!

  5. game? what game? I don't a thing about your football - it is all cricket and tennis here at the moment - but I like the sound of these - especially your assembly line - am sure it would make anyone into a football fan :-) Happy new year - hope you have a great 2010

  6. These do love awesome.

    Happy New Year.

  7. Ah I mean 'look' awesome, but I do love the look of them too.

  8. Oh...those look awesome!! I love hot sauce. Have a wonderful New Year~

  9. These look incredible...and I love that the sauce doesn't have refined sugar! I am a little unsure of agave at this point, but I'm sure a little honey would make a complimentary version. Thanks for sharing!

  10. aren't katie's tempeh wingz absolutely amazing?!?! they're one of dan's favorites and how awesome that you loved 'em, too!

  11. No cat picture next to my comment box! What's going on? Now, I miss the little guy. Anyhow, these looks totally delicious! Yummy. I'm not usually a fan of tempeh, but I can really see it working here. This is one to try. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Very interesting. Will definitely have to try this! I've never had a true buffalo wing, so I don't have anything to compare it to LOL. So this could be my base!

  13. Hi, Sarah! Happy New Year! We're just back from our trip and catching up with you here... Feeling jet-lagged and heart-fuzzy after a sweet Christmas, good to be home and back in blogland. Very much enjoying checking in with your holiday postings and tasty goings on--delish! Looking forward to sharing another creative and culinary year with you. Wishing you & yours all the very best of love, peace & joy in 2010! :o)

  14. This looks amazing! I have been wondering about this recipe for awhile. Great stuff! I really like your blog as well.

  15. Perfect for the SuperBowl! YUM!

  16. Those look amazing! I'm a snacker and things like this would keep me happy during a good movie. I wish they carried tempeh here but since they don't I'll have to dream. They look wonderful!

  17. well those look like quite the treat! i like things nice and saucy like that, must try soon!

  18. I made these a few weeks ago & forgot to comment! They were AMAZING! SO, SO GOOD! My boyfriend & I flipped out!

  19. I love these!...yummy! Bookmarked!

  20. My omni boyfriend is obsessed with chicken wings (eek) but really wants to try faux-wings, and this definitely looks liks the recipe for him! He'll be delighted with it.

  21. These look so good! My husband would love them! Definitely trying them! Your recipes are awesome! Newest follower. :)

  22. I tasted the tempeh after boiling it and it tasted very bland (well, duh). Only then I realized "hey, wait, why aren't we boiling it in a spicy liquid instead of water?" Doesn't make much sense to me to boil it in water and only then immerse it in lots of spices...

    I found the end result a bit mushy, and the tempeh inside was too bland. I think it would have been better (for my tastes) without boiling, but marinating it in something, so it would have been neither bland nor mushy. But it was still pretty good - how could anything dredged in hot sauce not be.

  23. Aw bummer, Maija! Mushy and bland doesn't sound good at all! That was not my experience with this recipe, I wonder what we did differently. Thanks for giving it a whirl and for reporting back. I have my eye on your aloo saag!

  24. I'm steaming my tempeh right now and using "" for the first time. I was thinking boiling might cause it to be mushy. VeganDad tried this recipe with success but can't find his link. Next weekend I'm going to try his chikn ones

  25. Your Tempeh Hot Wings look amazing. I am definately going to make this:) Thank you.

  26. Just wanted to comment and say that I made these tonight and they weren't mushy at all.. great in fact, and I plan on making them again.
    My 11 year old nephew even ate them (and liked them), and he had never had tempeh before :)
    I did sub the milder hot sauce for Sriracha and it was perfect!

  27. Uhhhh, were in heaven. These were amazing. I went to "don't eat off the sidewalks" blog to give her kudos but couldn't find a way to post. In any case, this recipe successfully changed my families ability to enjoy "wingz" without the guilt. THANK YOU FOR POSTING!

  28. Is This Gluten Free???

  29. Great!
    Did this last night are everyone loved them. Served with roasted corn. Easy too.
    Thanks for the recipe Sarah. I used earth balance but would like to try less "butter" next time. Really good, want some now for breakfast....

  30. Hi sarah...what can i substitute rice milk with?

  31. I use this recipe all the time! Thank you!!

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