Buffalo Chicken Wings and Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
One of the great joys in life for me is Buffalo Chicken Wings (also known as Hot Wings). I know it shouldn’t even be in that class of happiness, but I just love them.
And when I started making Buffalo Wings at home and developed my recipe I discovered that no one else could make them as good as I could.
That’s my disclaimer for this recipe. Once you taste just how good these hot wings are your favorite restaurant’s wings will taste as good.
Of course, that doesn’t stop me from trying them at other restaurants when we go out to eat, after all I do love Buffalo Chicken Wings!
If you’re not a fan of bleu cheese dressing you can always use ranch dressing to dip your hot wings. I always serve celery sticks or carrot sticks with my buffalo wings, they’re great to cut the heat and to dip in the dressing!
What Ingredients do I need to make Buffalo Chicken Wings?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make Buffalo Chicken Wings. In Chef Speak this is called the Mise en Place which translates into Everything in its Place.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
What Kind of Wings Should I Use?
The first and most important ingredient for this dish is Chicken Wings. And if you have a choice always choose fresh not frozen wings.
Did you ever notice that sometimes the bones get black inside? That’s a sign that the wings have been frozen. In chef speak we call that Black Bone.
What Part of the Wing Should I use for Buffalo Chicken Wings?
When you look at the wing, you’ll notice that there are three parts to the chicken wing.
The wingtip (also known as the flapper), the middle part is the wingette (aka the flap), and then the meatiest part is called the drumette (because it looks like a small version of the chicken leg).
I use the first two sections saving the wingtip for soup. They are easily frozen (or re-frozen) and can help you make a very flavorful chicken soup. Just place them in a Ziplock Bag and save them for the next time you make soup.
You can also leave the wingtip attached to the wingette to make it look more appetizing.
How do I Cut the Chicken Wings?
Place the wings on a cutting board and with a sharp knife carefully find the joints. Placed the knife blade (closer to the handle than the tip) on the joint, with the tip of the knife on the cutting board and chop down. The section is a little thicker to cut through, but it’s pretty easy to do, just be careful.
The wingtip comes off pretty easy, You can leave this on if you like, it will enhance the overall look of the wing but that’s about it.
Prepping the wings will take no time at all, and sometimes you’ll find pre-cut chicken wings at the market you shop at without the wingtip.
Once the wings are prepped you can move on to making the buffalo sauce.
What is the Secret to Good Buffalo Chicken Wings?
The secret to the Best Buffalo Chicken Wings You’ll Ever Have is the sauce.
You can adjust the amounts in my recipe for your heat comfort level and feel free to add your own secret ingredients to make it your very own. Just follow my steps in the recipe to ensure your sauce doesn’t break and comes out rich and clingy.
- melt the butter in a pan over medium heat
- add the hot sauce and honey to the pan over medium heat (if you don’t like the sweetness, leave the honey out)
- turn off the burner and mix the sauce together. It should be thick.
Chef Dennis Tip:
The secret to getting the sauce just right is taking the melted butter and honey mixture off the stove before adding the hot sauce. When Buffalo Sauce gets too hot, it breaks and becomes oily.
Did you ever get an order of wings and the sauce in the bottom of the dish looks disgustingly greasy? That’s because the sauce got too hot.
Do I have to Use Butter in the Sauce?
I do prefer using butter, but you can use margarine or any variety of butter substitutes you like. I have even used Coconut Oil in my Buffalo Sauce without any problems, it just doesn’t get quite as thick.
Just a word of warning, once you start making your own buffalo chicken wings at home, most of the others you try when you dine out will pale in comparison. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing!
Once the sauce is made it’s time to get the wings ready to fry. These are Jersey Style Buffalo Chicken Wings, which means I flour my wings before frying them.
In Buffalo, this would be sacrilege, but I prefer the crunchy surface and feel that it holds the sauce better. Naked or floured the choice is yours.
After frying the wings in hot oil for a minimum of 6 minutes (or longer if needed), make sure to let them drain before saucing the wings. If not the wings will be greasy.
**Oil should be 350-360 degrees F. to fry wings
The step left is tossing the wings in the buffalo sauce. I always use a large bowl so I can toss the wings, making sure they are completely coated. And I love getting that hit of hot sauce as it drifts up to my nose..sigh.
How do I Make Bleu Cheese Dressing?
If you’ve never made homemade blue cheese dressing before, you don’t know what you’re missing.
While there are a lot of great brands in the market, homemade is so much better and pretty easy to do.
For my recipe, I use sour cream, mayonnaise and whole milk. You can easily substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, which adds a little tang to the dressing. Feel free to use low-fat mayonnaise and low-fat milk or buttermilk in the recipe.
How do I make Baked Buffalo Wings?
To bake crispy crunchy buffalo chicken wings, the secret is Baking Powder. I know what you’re thinking but trust me on this one.
- Toss the wings with 1 tablespoon baking powder (not baking soda), sea salt and black pepper to taste.
- Place the wings single layer on a baking sheet into a 400 degree preheated oven. Bake for 25 minutes then turn the wings over and continue cooking for and additional 20-25 minutes until the wings are beautiful golden brown.
- Toss the baked buffalo chicken wings with the buffalo sauce and serve with bleu cheese or ranch dressing.
Can I make buffalo chicken wings in an Air Fryer?
You sure can. Omit the flour from the recipe for this method and add a little oil to the wings, season liberally with sea salt and black pepper and toss to coat the wings with the oil and wing seasonings. *You can pan spray instead of oil if you like.
- Place the seasoned wings in a single layer into the air fryer basket (don’t stack them). Turn the air fryer to 380°F and let them cook for 10 minutes. After 10 mnutes turn the wings over and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes.
- To get theat crispy crunchy exterior to the wings, increase the temperature to 400°F and cook the wings for 5 more minutes.
- Toss the wings in the buffalo sauce and enjoy!
The name comes from the location of the creator of this American classic. Credit goes to a small family-owned restaurant called Anchor Bar located in Buffalo, New York where they first created this dish in 1964.
Basically, they are the same. Preparation may differ and anyone from Buffalo will dispute the fact that anyone from any other location is actually making Buffalo wings. Hence the term “Hot Wings”
Well…. no they’re not, but they are delicious. If you bake or air-fry the wings you are making them less unhealthy. You can also use coconut oil to make the buffalo sauce which cuts out the butter.
Tools I use to make my Buffalo Wings:
- Stainless Steel Bowls to toss wings in sauce
- Wire Whisk to mix the sauce
- 12- inch Tongs to use while frying wings