Buffalo Wings

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Baked Buffalo wings! How to make Buffalo wings marinated in a spicy sauce, broiled and served with a tangy delicious blue cheese sauce. These baked Buffalo wings are easy, with less mess and cleanup.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Football (American) championship season. Sports bars, beer, and spicy things that make you want to drink more beer. Darts, pool, loud conversation – either an ill-spent or well-spent youth, depending on your perspective.

“Buffalo” Wings

Once in my early twenties, I happened to be in Buffalo, New York for a wedding of a dear friend. On our site-seeing day, the gang of us revelers happened to drive right by the Anchor Bar, home of the “Original Buffalo Chicken Wings”.

Baked Buffalo Wings

Did you know that Buffalo wings are so called because they were first invented in Buffalo, NY? I didn’t, and it had always been one of those oddities that gnawed at the back of my brain during these beer filled nights. In San Francisco, we had Tommy’s Buffalo Burgers made with real buffalo meat. But buffalo wings? Hah! Mystery solved.

Buffalo Wing Sauce vs. Marinade

Buffalo wings are traditionally deep fried and slathered with Buffalo wing sauce. But these baked Buffalo wings are what I prefer. The wings are broiled after they’ve been marinating in a spicy sauce. This recipe will show you how to make Buffalo wings that taste great, with less mess and easy clean-up.

(Like buffalo wings? Check out our Buffalo Chicken Dip!)

Buffalo Wings Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes approximately 24 pieces

Ingredients

Wings

  • 2 lbs chicken wings (about 12 wings)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 4 Tbsp bottled hot pepper sauce (like Crystal or Frank's Original)
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Celery sticks (optional)

Blue cheese dip

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Method

1 Prepare wings: Cut off wing tips (discard or reserve for other use such as making stock). Cut wings at the joint. Put chicken wing pieces in a large bowl. Set aside.

Food safety note: when cutting raw chicken it is best to use a cutting board reserved just for cutting raw chicken. Wash thoroughly when finished. Do not let raw chicken juices come in contact with other food.

2 Prepare marinade: Create a marinade by stirring together the melted butter, hot pepper sauce, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper in a large bowl. Remove 2 tablespoons of the marinade and set aside (you will use to coat the wings after they come out of the oven.)

3 Marinate the wings: Add the chicken wings to the bowl with the marinade and toss to coat all of the wings with the marinade. Let the chicken wings marinate at room temperature for half an hour.

4 Broil the wings: Remove the wings from the marinade (discard the marinade) and place them on the rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for about 10 minutes on each side, until chicken is tender and no longer pink.

5 Prepare the blue cheese dip: While the wings are cooking, place the sour cream, blue cheese, mayonnaise, vinegar, and garlic in a blender and pulse until smooth. Cover and chill. (Dip will last up to a week.)

6 Baste the wings with reserved marinade: Remove the chicken wings from oven and baste with the 2 Tbsp of reserved marinade (not the marinade that was in contact with the raw chicken).

Serve with Blue Cheese Dip and celery sticks.

 

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Recipe modified from one in the New Cook Book - Limited Edition "Pink Plaid".

Links:

Grilled Buffalo Wings by Hank Shaw

Buffalo Chicken Dip here on Simply Recipes

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna on Simply Recipes

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Kim

    Great recipe! I added rice vinegar and hot paprika to the recipe! My family loved it!

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  • Ivonne

    Perfection

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  • Kris

    These were excellent! I modified just a little, but the instructions were spot on!!

    Thank you!

    ((My modifications:
    1. Double the sauce, save 1/4 cup instead of 2 tbsp,
    2. sub a few dashes of hot sauce for cayenne pepper,
    3. sub my favorite “buffalo” sauce for the hot sauce))

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  • KM

    Love this recipe. And it’s so simple and easy to make unlike other recipes I found online. Was a big hit at my party. Everyone wanted the recipe. Better than what I could have gotten at takeout. Doubled the recipe and added a crushed garlic clove and some vinegar to the hot sauce but otherwise followed the recipe.

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  • Larry

    I sauté a couple of minced garlic cloves and add them and a tablespoon of brown sugar to my sauce. This make the sauce sweet and savory! Plus, I like the little pieces of garlic in the sauce. It gives it a little extra texture and flavor of course.

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