Buffalo Chicken Wings in “Peanut Sauce”

This simple recipe is a nice Paleo version of Southeast Asian-style spicy peanut chicken dishes, using coconut aminos (available online) and almond butter in place of the traditional soy sauce and peanut butter. These chicken wings make tasty leftovers as well.

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Buffalo Chicken Wings in “Peanut Sauce”

Servings 4

Total Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 400

carbohydrate 4g

protein 35g

fat 27g


  • 11/2 pound(s) chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoon(s) almond butter
  • 1/4 cup(s) hot pepper sauce (with no added sugar or preservatives; may use 2 Tbs tomato paste and an additional 2 Tbs of olive oil as a milder alternativefor 4 servings)
  • 4 tablespoon(s) coconut aminos (tastes like soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoon(s) olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) sea salt (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread wings out evenly. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, soften almond butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  4. When soft, stir in hot pepper sauce, coconut aminos, olive oil, and sea salt (if desired). If sauce gets too thick, add a bit of hot water.
  5. After 20 minutes of cooking, remove wings from oven. Turn and brush each wing with sauce. Return to oven for 10 more minutes.
  6. Turn each wing, baste with sauce, and return to oven for 10 additional minutes (or until completely cooked).
  7. Turn over and baste with sauce.

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  1. Almond butter (from Whole Foods, fresh ground) does not work for this recipe. This made a thick unspreadable paste.

    Mark’s Daily Apple says that butter is acceptable so you probably don’t even need to use almond butter as a substitute.

  2. Well, I ended up using Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Sauce and boy was it good! Spicy, yes, but very good! My husband asked to have these wings for football games. I did use the fresh almond butter from Whole Foods and did find it a little thick. Be sure to give it time to at least get pretty soft in the sauce pan. I stirred it on low constantly until it looked soft enough to easily spread. Used “drumettes” which I assumed were wings since that’s what they look like at hot wing places. The recipe only made enough for one meal for two people – about 6 each. Also only needed about 5 minutes of basting on each side. The side of Indian Coleslaw was just the trick to cool off the spicy flavor. Great one!

    1. @Berndawg – Bragg’s Aminos are not on my list of things that people on a Paleo diet should eat because they’re soy. Granted, they’re not GMO soy, but they’re also not fermented, which would make me like them a tiny bit more. Try the coconut aminos instead.

  3. I can’t find the coconut aminos…other suggestions for an alternative please, and can I use less hot sauce so not too spicey?

    1. @Sandee – Of course you can use as much or as little hot sauce as you desire. As for the coconut aminos, I really don’t have another alternative for soy sauce at the moment. I do know that you can find the aminos on Amazon, though, if you can’t fined them in your grocery store. Sorry!

  4. If you don’t have coconut aminos, I found this soy sauce alternative that you can make:

    2 Tbs Beef Broth
    1 Tbs Red wine Vinegar
    1Tbs Balsamic
    1 tsp garlic powder
    black pepper (I like a lot)
    Sea salt (optional)

  5. Is coconut aminos the same thing as liquid aminos? I purchased liquid aminos at the store and am unsure if there are different variations

  6. Is there any substitute for the almond butter? In the midst of some almond crisis almond butter is selling for $20/jar

    1. Misss_e – Not really, except for other nut butters in this recipe. You can find cashew butter and other on futtersnutbutters.com and health food stores all over. They’re also expensive, though…

  7. @Misss_e – We make our own almond butter! We get the 3 pound bag from Costco for $12.99, I roast them in the oven and then stick them in the food processor until it’s almond butter! Give it a try and save some serious $$$! If you made the whole bag it’d equate to about 48 ounces of almond butter for only $13!

  8. I don’t know how this could do two people for dinner and then leftovers. My 1.5lbs chicken wings resulted in 5 chicken wings all up…and they are not mutant chicken wings here in Australia!! LOL!!

  9. I ended up with about 1.2kg of chicken wings (I don’t work in pounds.) This was perfect for dinner and leftovers. Any less and we’d have been hungry. But onto the flavour…….absolutely stunning. I will make this again and again. So good.

  10. awesome my kids loved it and it made my house smell so good…..AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made it wing sauce and it was very good

  11. What do you do with the sauce as the wings are cooking? The second time I baste them the sauce is thick even with water. Should I turn the heat down or keep it on medium between batches? They still taste great though!

  12. Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum. Cooked these tonight, and oh so yummy. I will however only use half the almond butter next time, in fact I used ceres organics almond and peanut butter which was yummy. It was even better with paleo ranch dressing if your only counting carbs and not worrying about the fat or calorie content. These are going to be a fav in this house.

  13. OMG this is so delicious. I made these for the 2nd time last night and adjusted some things because my mouth cannot take much heat and spice. I did equal parts of hot sauce, tomato paste and olive oil to equal 1/4 cup and all other ingredients the same. I shut off the burner on the sauce while the wings were cooking to make sure it didn’t get too thick and pasty. I can’t believe how good these are…truly. So delicious!!! Thank you for this recipe.

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