A three-piece serving of Buffalo wings contains 180 calories, 11 grams of fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol and 1230 milligrams of sodium. Each serving also has 14 grams of protein and 4 grams of carbohydrates.
There are several alternatives to traditional Buffalo wings that contain less fat and calories without sacrificing flavor. For example, replacing fatty chicken wings with marinated tempeh makes the dish more nutritious while preserving the meaty texture of real wings. Tempeh is a fermented soybean product from Indonesia, and its mild flavor does not interfere with the taste of the Buffalo sauce. Steaming the tempeh for 10 minutes before marinating it helps the sauce penetrate the dense soybean cake.
Another way to make Buffalo wings more healthful is to modify the sauce. Traditional Buffalo sauce is high in fat and calories because it contains a lot of butter. Using a reduced-fat butter substitute solves this problem.
Buffalo wings are normally deep-fried with the skin on, which creates a crispy exterior and moist interior. This cooking method also adds fat and calories. One solution is to steam and bake the wings instead of frying them. This technique involves steaming the wings for 10 minutes, refrigerating them for one hour and then baking them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes per side.