Tangy Holiday Party Plant Chicken Wings

Gear up for a healthier holiday season! Marinated in a spiced tomato mix and paired with a quick-pickled trio of carrot, celery, and cauliflower, this game changing appetizer is sure to level up your friend and family gatherings, the Daring way.


25 minCook

15 minPrep


  • 2 8oz pouches Daring Breaded Plant Chicken Wings
  • ⅓ cup double-concentrated tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1¼ cups white wine vinegar, divided
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 2½ tsp kosher salt, divided
  • ½ medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 celery stalks
  • ½ cup pickled hot cherry peppers, plus ¼ cup brine
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 12 oz feta (or plant-based substitute)
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream (or plant-based substitute)
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1

Whisk ⅓ cup double-concentrated tomato paste, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, 1 Tbsp smoked paprika, ¼ cup white wine vinegar, ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, and 1¼ tsp kosher salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare your veggies. Cut ½ a medium head of cauliflower into florets and set aside. Then, peel and cut 1 large carrot and 3 celery stalks into 3″ long sticks. Finally, halve ½ cup pickled hot cherry peppers and place all your chopped veggies in a medium heatproof bowl. Set aside.

Step 3

To prepare the pickling mix, bring 2 Tbsp sugar, remaining 1 cup white wine vinegar, and 1¼ tsp kosher salt to a simmer in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and stir in ¼ cup cherry pepper brine and pour mixture over vegetables. Let sit 15 minutes, then chill until ready to serve.

Step 4

To make the whipped feta, combine 12 oz feta and 2 Tbsp sour cream (or plant-based substitutes) in a food processor and season generously with freshly ground pepper. Process until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Step 5

While your veggies continue to pickle, cook your Daring wings. Start by heating a sauté pan on medium heat and add 1/4“ of vegetable oil to 350°F (177°C). Place breaded Daring wings into pan and shallow fry 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 4 minutes until golden brown on both sides (ensure wings are heated throughout to 165°F / 74°C).

Step 6

Immediately place hot Daring wings in your bowl with the tangy sauce and toss to coat on all sides.

Step 7

To serve, spread reserved whipped feta on a platter and arrange chicken wings on top. Tuck drained pickled vegetables around.

Step 8


Step 9

Do Ahead: Vegetables can be pickled 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

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