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Buffalo Chicken Wings

Hot wings got their start in Buffalo, New York, in a kitchen. Although there was no game on at the time, today spicy wings and cool sauces are traditional game-day fare. Cayenne, red sauce and spices keep these tangy buffalo chicken wings good and hot, just like the originals. —Nancy Chapman, Center Harbor, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 25 whole chicken wings (5 pounds)
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Celery ribs and ranch salad dressing, optional


  • Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tip sections. In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry wings in oil, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until chicken juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the hot sauce and spices. Place chicken in a large bowl; add sauce and toss to coat. Remove to a serving plate with a slotted spoon. Serve with celery and ranch dressing if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken wing (calculated without celery and dressing): 243 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Denise
    Feb 17, 2021

    these are not Buffalo wings...NY Buffalo wings have other ingredients such a worcester sauce, honey, soy sauce, sometimes vinegar...Buffalo wings are not orange, and definitely not ranch dressing...only blue cheese!

  • jenniferny
    Feb 11, 2021

    The wings are GREAT! BUT, as anyone from Buffalo, NY will tell you, Buffalo Wings DO NOT come with Ranch Dressing!! My father was going in the Anchor Bar many years ago when Frank & Teresa we're developing the original Chicken Wings. The first attempts weren't great, but as the recipe got perfected they became a reason to go to the Anchor Bar, and the Anchor Bar NEVER, EVER served their chicken wings with ranch dressing!!!!

  • hungrypuppy
    Dec 22, 2012

    After reviewing other traditional buffalo style wing sauces, one cup of hot sauce may be too much? But no other recipes I could find had 1 cup (two sticks) of butter. Most had from 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter, with various amounts of hot sauce. In all cases, the proportion of hot sauce was always higher than the amount of butter.

  • hungrypuppy
    Dec 22, 2012

    If your eating crab legs or lobster the wing sauce would be good. I believe this recipe is incorrect. The correct proportion of butter to hot sauce should be 1/4 cup butter to 1 cup of hot sauce. Not one cup of butter to 1/4 cup hot sauce. Otherwise, your just dipping your wings in a bath of melted butter. I had to add the remainder of the bottle of hot sauce to the already sauced wings, just to make the butter soaked wings edible. I mean, two sticks of butter to just 1/4 cup of hot sauce????

  • Cherylpadding
    Oct 21, 2012

    They were awesome. Mixed oikos Greek yogurt with fat free ranch dressing and a little Greek seasoning and it made a great dipping sauce

  • babygirl1435
    Sep 11, 2012

    No comment left

  • sandiswindell
    May 30, 2012

    These are very good. Just the right amount of heat for me. I did use blue cheese dressing instead of ranch. But that would be up to the person eating this.