Next time you get a craving for hot wings, why not make them yourself with this authentic recipe for Buffalo chicken wings?
There are hot wings and then there are Buffalo wings. Buffalo, N.Y., is the home of the hot wing and, unlike other wings, these are never battered or breaded. Instead, Buffalo wings are fried then tossed with a simple combination of hot sauce, butter, and vinegar. It's really that simple and that's what makes these wings better than all others.
They're perfect for game day, any party, or those nights when you simply want to pig out on Buffalo wings (wings and a wedge salad make a perfect meal).
You also can adjust this recipe to fit your personal taste. If you like your wings super spicy, just add more hot sauce. For those who enjoy a medium or mild wing, there's a quick adjustment you can make to the sauce.
This recipe can be used as a main dish to serve two people or as an appetizer for a party of four. Just increase the ingredient proportions for a larger yield.
- 8 chicken wings
- 1 quart oil (canola, vegetable, peanut, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce (Frank's or Louisiana)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon distilled vinegar
- Remove the tips from the wings and reserve for making chicken stock. Cut the joint between the drumette and the flat portion of the wings. Pat the wings dry with paper towels.
- Heat 3 inches of oil in a saucepan to 375 F.
- Meanwhile, combine hot sauce, butter, and vinegar in a small saucepan and warm over low heat until the butter melts.
- Taste the sauce to see if it's to your liking. To reduce the heat, add more butter or a little water. To increase the heat, add more hot sauce.
- Fry the wings in two or three batches for 12 to 15 minutes per batch. Give the oil time to reheat before frying each batch.
- Toss the wings in a bowl with the prepared sauce.
How to Serve Buffalo Wings
Wings are commonly served as an appetizer. However, Buffalo wings can serve as a tasty entrée as well.
- Buffalo wings as an appetizer: Serve with a blue cheese dressing for dipping and celery sticks on the side.
- Buffalo wings as a main dish: Serve with an iceberg wedge salad dressed with blue cheese.
Tip: A wedge salad could not be easier to prepare. Simply bang the stem of a full iceberg lettuce head on the counter and remove the stem. Cut the head in half, place each wedge on a plate and drizzle with your favorite dressing.
More Tips for Making Great Buffalo Wings
Everyone has his own preferences when it comes to eating hot wings. Here are a few more ideas to help you make wing night a great night.
- Add a few dashes of Tabasco or Cholula to really kick up the heat on your wings.
- You can prep the wings and make the sauce in advance. Rewarm the sauce before tossing with the wings.
- Blue cheese dressing is a favorite companion for buffalo wings although some people prefer ranch instead.