SIMULATE, a plant-based meat maker that has been called “The Tesla of chicken” just unveiled its new product: vegan buffalo wings.
Future Foodie was sent samples to taste test, and we understand why the wings sold out the day of their launch. The plant-based buffalo wings have a magnificently crunchy breading that provides a satisfying medium level of spice.
The alternative meat component of the wings have a complex, flesh-like texture that is reminiscent of conventional chicken wings, but the ingredients are surprisingly quite simple. The main ingredients include soy protein, yellow corn flour, and wheat flour, and one serving (three wings) provides 8 grams of protein.
The package recommends baking the wings, but we popped them in an air fryer for an extra crispy finish. The buffalo wings are delicious enough to eat on their own, but dipping them in vegan Bitchin’ Sauce or even more buffalo sauce (Miyoko’s vegan butter + Frank’s Hot Sauce) truly took them to the next level.
SIMULATE entered the scene with its original plant-based chicken nuggets (called Nuggs), and also offers Spicy Nuggs, Discs, and Dino nuggets. Remember when Bella Hadid said “I’m f****** addicted” to the Spicy Nuggs? SIMULATE offers it product direct-to-consumer on its website, where it also releases limited product drops. Retailers like Target, Walmart, Vons, and Ralphs now also carry the trending alternative chicken products.
Another popular alternative for chicken wings is cauliflower wings, drenched in buffalo or BBQ sauce. Luckily for those who eschew chicken, cauliflower wings grace the menus of many bars, breweries, and restaurants. For those looking for a more “meaty” option, a few other companies besides SIMULATE produce vegan wings, including Field Roast, Clean South, and Morning Star.
Although the limited drop of the buffalo wings sold out quickly, hopefully, you’ll be able to get your hands on them in the next few weeks. A 35 count box is priced at $20 – check it out here.