4 Super Foods for the Big Game (Gluten-Free)

4 Super Foods for the Big Game (Gluten-Free)

This entry is part of 7 in the series Grilling

Buffet spread for Super Bowl Party

I grew up with three older brothers and a father who were all avid football fans. My mother and I would plan our meals around game times, being sure to have the guys back in front of the television in time for the next kick-off. These days juggling timing is more challenging because there are so many games on the air, but on Super Bowl Sunday only one game rules.

I love the whole spectacle, the tailgating, the singing of the National Anthem, half time entertainment, commercials on TV and of course the food. This is the day for pure comfort food, nothing fancy, and preferably something that can be nibbled on throughout the day. Chicken wings and chips/dips are some of my favorite game day foods, the perfect casual foods that everyone loves.

How to cut up chicken wings; Super Bowl Grilled Wings & Sauces

The first of two styles of chicken wings I am sharing with you today are teriyaki. I could eat teriyaki wings all day, every day and still be happy. I also make my own teriyaki sauce these days using gluten-free soy sauce, making these safe for nearly everyone in your crowd. The beauty of making your own is you can customize to suit your personal tastes. If you want it a little sweeter, add some more sugar. Make it exactly the way you love it.

The second of todays chicken wings are Buffalo-style but a little more balanced than the traditional version. I’ve added some sugar and lime juice to stimulate all your taste buds, so instead of just burning your mouth, these wings have a flavor you can become addicted to. You can add as much or as little hot sauce as you like, making these just the right level of spicy to suit your family. You can offer more hot sauce at the table for those who really love screaming hot foods.

Although Sriracha is said to be gluten-free and I have no issues with it myself, if you have someone who is severely sensitive or celiac, you may want to use a certified gluten-free hot sauce in its place. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

A lot of the chicken wing recipes use calorie-adding cooking techniques and ingredients. By grilling the wings you add a ton of flavor and reduce the calories. I also like that you can cook all of the wings at one time and then add the sauce after they are cooked, making your preparation a lot easier. Plus, the grilling can be done a day ahead, saving you work on game day! Just reheat the wings before tossing with the warmed sauces.

And to offset the healthy aspects of the wings, we have a complete indulgence.

Ultra Indulgent Chile-Cheese Dip for Super Bowl Sunday

My cheese dip is a totally delicious and horribly fattening treat. You have to balance the scales, LOL! I have added grilled vegetables and seasonings to make this tastier than your ordinary cheese dip. You can customize the seasonings to suit your personal tastes – use the recipe as a guideline and make notes to any changes so you can recreate it next time!

All of the recipes can easily be doubled, so if you are hosting a crowd, scale them up to feed all of your guests. If you don’t want to deal with the bones of chicken wings, go ahead and use chicken tenders or chicken breasts cut into strips. Just realize that because they are boneless they will cook MUCH more quickly and will need to be watched carefully.

Teriyaki wings on top, Buffalo-style wings on bottom; using celery to separate the flavors

For game day get creative and serve a cocktail to match your team. As you can tell I am a 49er Faithful, so I tend toward red cocktails – a tequila sunrise has all the colors ;-), but anything you like would be fun. Even without the Niners in the game, Sunday is still going to be fun. A special shout-out to my friend Jane Reid for loaning me some of her game day decorations. She lives and breathes the Niners!

Have a fabulous Super Bowl party everyone!

Jane’s Tips and Hints:

Take the pressure off and cook the sauces several days ahead. Grill the wings the day before. Alll you need to do is reheat them before people arrive. Make batches of a signature cocktail and set up a drink station where people can serve themselves. This frees you up from bartending duty and lets you enjoy the day as much as your guests!

Gluten-Free Tips:

Make sure you use gluten-free soy sauce for the teriyaki sauce.

Grilled Chicken Wings

© 2013 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook. All rights reserved.

Yield: about 8 appetizer servings


  • 5 lb whole or separated chicken wings (about 20 whole wings or 40 total pieces when wings are cut up)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Read the whole recipe on The Heritage Cook