Crispy buffalo chicken hot wings are easy to make at home. Skip the oil and fryer and make amazing baked chicken wings that rival your favorite restaurants.
This chicken wings recipe guarantees crispy and delicious wings. They are also perfect for serving a crowd. This simple recipe lets you make big batches of wings with little work from you.
Making chicken wings at home is so easy. Below we share how we make them, how long to bake wings so that they are crispy, as well as a simple restaurant-style buffalo sauce to coat them in.
It’s up to you whether you separate the chicken wings. Some grocery stores sell them already separated into the drumstick and wingette. If the wings you buy are not, you can do it yourself. Or, leave them unseparated. The recipe will work both ways. Here’s our tutorial for how to cut a chicken wing, if you want to see how to do it.
Instead of frying them, bake the chicken wings on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. By cooking the chicken wings on a wire rack, fat drips away from the chicken wings while they bake and helps to make them extra crispy.
Bake the chicken wings at a high oven temperature — we choose 400º F. The wings bake for 35 to 45 minutes. (You can bake wings at an even higher temperature, but depending on your oven, you might find the oven smokes a little).
How to Make Restaurant-Style Buffalo Wing Sauce
While the wings bake, you can make the buffalo wing sauce. It’s easy. Melt some butter in a saucepan and then stir in hot pepper sauce (we love Frank’s hot sauce). When it’s combined, season the sauce with garlic powder and salt.
Coat the crispy baked wings in the sauce and serve with celery as well as your favorite dipping sauce. We love dipping wings into a blue cheese dressing.
Spicy with a kick of vinegar, these crispy baked buffalo chicken hot wings will leave the plate in no time. To serve, make sure you have lots of blue cheese dip (store-bought or the dip below) and celery. Easily double, triple, or quadruple for a crowd.
Makes 2 to 3 servings
YOU WILL NEED CHICKEN WINGS
1 pound chicken wings, separated at joints, tips discarded
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup hot pepper hot sauce (suggested brand: Frank’s Red Hot)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Celery, for serving
BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
6 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon minced parsley
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Set a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet.
Season wings with salt. Spread out in one layer on the wire rack. Bake until cooked through and crispy, 35 to 45 minutes.
MAKE WING SAUCE
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove saucepan from the heat, and then stir in hot sauce and garlic powder. Season with salt, to taste.
Toss the baked chicken wings in the sauce and serve with celery and blue cheese dip.
MAKE BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
Stir mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, and parsley together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Five Minute Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
When serving chicken wings, we love having a cool creamy sauce on the side. Blue cheese and Ranch are both popular, but we always go for blue cheese. Bonus, it’s easy to make yourself.
To do it, add equal parts mayonnaise, and sour cream to a bowl then stir in lots of blue cheese, fresh parsley, and salt. The dressing is thick, creamy, and perfect with spicy buffalo chicken wings.
This makes a delicious salad dressing, too. Thin out the dip with a splash of milk or buttermilk, and then use over salad greens — here’s a blue cheese salad dressing recipe, it’s delicious!
If you do not have a wire rack that will fit inside a baking sheet, you can still make wings. Arrange them on the baking sheet, without the rack, and rotate a few times during baking.
Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. 1 pound of wings will be 8 to 12 wings, depending on size. We did not include the blue cheese dipping sauce in our calculations.
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