I stumbled upon this easy recipe one night as I was in a hurry to add some flavor-packed veggie protein to my dinner. I wanted something fast, satisfying and kinda spicy. These 3 Ingredient Buffalo Nuggets fit the bill! Crispy delicious on the outside with a tender interior texture with each bite. For this recipe, I started with some of my favorite ingredients and came out with a go-to creation that I will surely be using again. And p.s., if you don’t want “spicy” bites you could easily swap out the heat for some sweet. I’ll show you how..
3 Ingredient Vegan Buffalo Nuggets
vegan, makes 15 bites/nuggets
1 1/4 cups of GimmeLean Vegan Sausage (comes in a tube – fridge section of grocery store)
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp hot sauce — I like Cholula garlic flavor
for saute: 2 Tbsp safflower oil
swap spicy for sweet: substitute sweet BBQ sauce or ketchup for the hot sauce if you don’t want the bites too hot!
1. Gather your ingredients. Heat the safflower oil in a sauté pan over med-high heat.
2. Tear your sausage into tiny nuggets – they don’t have to be evenly shaped (unless you’d like to roll them into nice balls or pound into nugget shapes).
3. When the oil is hot, quickly roll each sausage nugget in the Panko and place in the sizzling hot oil. Continue doing this until the pan is filled. Allow each nugget to sauté for about 2 minutes on each side. You want the Panko crumb to crisp and brown and saturate with the oil so that they are no longer a white color — but now a caramel brown.
4. When your nuggets are evenly cooked, and the oil mostly absorbed/cooked off. Turn the heat off and add in your hot sauce in a casual ‘splashy’ way. You want a nice splash of sauce to accent ( but not overly saturate) each of the bites. Toss the nuggets in the still hot pan with the sauce as they sizzle and cook.
5. Serve hot.
Note: If you’d like to sub out the hot sauce for BBQ sauce or sweeter ketchup — go for it! Just follow the same procedure as above.
These protein bites are delicious served alongside veggies, rice/beans, over top pasta, salads or even wrapped into a breakfast burrito. They have a spicy hint of sausage yet a chewy moist (crisp on the outside) texture almost like a breaded meatball. Your kids and family may never even know they are vegan!