This buffalo wings recipe is so easy to make, and the wings come out of the oven hot, crispy, and delicious.
They are perfect when served with a creamy blue cheese dip and fresh, crisp celery sticks!
My entire family loves these delicious hot wings! It's a simple recipe; you bake chicken wings in the oven, then dip them in a hot buttery sauce called "Buffalo sauce."
Here's an overview of the ingredients you'll need to make this buffalo wings recipe. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
- Fresh chicken wings: I buy the trays labeled "party wings," where the whole wings are split into flats and drumettes. This saves me the trouble of cutting the wings.
- Avocado oil spray: Avocado oil is a neutral-tasting oil with a high smoke point, making it suitable for high-heat cooking and baking.
- To season: Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.
- For the sauce: Melted butter and hot pepper sauce. You can use your favorite brand of hot sauce. I typically use Frank's Red Hot Sauce or Crystal Hot Sauce.
Use whole wings. While I almost always opt for split wings, I sometimes use whole wings that weren't split into flats and drumettes. They're a bit messier to eat, but they are very good. Sometimes I even leave the tips on. They become deliciously crunchy in the oven.
Change up your spices. I typically use garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Other spices I tried and liked include chili powder, ground cumin, and dried thyme. I use a teaspoon of each.
Buffalo Wings Instructions
The detailed instructions for making this recipe are included in the recipe card below. Here are the basic steps:
- Your first step is to season the wings, spray them with oil, and bake them until fully cooked, about 30 minutes at 400°F. (Photos 1,2).
- Lower the oven to the "keep warm" setting (170°F) and keep the wings in the oven for 30 more minutes. This helps crisp up the skin. (Photo 3).
- Mix the melted butter and hot sauce ten minutes before pulling the wings out of the oven. (Photo 4).
- Dip the wings in the sauce. I use tongs and dip them one by one, as you can see in the video below. (Photo 5).
- Serve with blue cheese dressing for dipping and celery sticks. (Photo 6).
- The wings will be fully cooked after about 30 minutes in a 400°F oven. But keeping them in the oven (on the "keep warm" setting) for 30 more minutes makes them wonderfully crispy.
- It's important to mix the buffalo sauce ten minutes before using it. If you mix it right before you use it, it will be too thin. Mixing it ahead of time allows it to rest and thicken, allowing it to better coat the wings.
This dish was invented in 1964 in a family-owned restaurant in Buffalo, N.Y., called the Anchor Bar.
The wings were the creation of Teressa Bellissimo, who covered them in her own special sauce and served them with a side of blue cheese dressing and celery because that’s what she had in the kitchen.
Like so many other great culinary masterpieces, hot wings were born out of necessity!
I prefer baking because it's much easier than deep-frying. And while deep-frying does make for extra crispy skin, my method of baking the wings and then leaving them in a warm oven for 30 minutes achieves a similar result in the oven.
There's no need to use flour in this recipe. The skin comes out wonderfully crispy thanks to the hot oven temperature and those extra 30 minutes in a warm oven.
I sometimes make them for dinner as a main course and serve them with a side dish that I can bake in the same 400°F, such as:
You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, in the microwave, covered, at 50% power.
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Buffalo Wings Recipe
- 3 lb. chicken wings split, tips removed
- Avocado oil spray
- 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 4 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with high-heat-resistant parchment paper.
- Arrange the chicken wings on the prepared baking sheet. Spray them with oil, then sprinkle them with kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Then give them another quick spray of oil.
- Bake the wings until the skin is browned and crispy, about 30 minutes. Lower the oven to "keep warm" (170°F) and keep the wings in the oven for 30 more minutes, to crisp up the skin.
- Ten minutes before the wings are ready, prepare the Buffalo sauce: gently melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the hot sauce and whisk to combine.
- Using tongs, toss the wings in the Buffalo sauce. Serve immediately, with (if desired) blue cheese dip and celery sticks.
- While the wings should be fully cooked after about 30 minutes in a 400°F oven, keeping them in the oven (on the "keep warm" setting) for 30 more minutes makes them wonderfully crispy.
- Make sure to mix the buffalo sauce ten minutes before using it. This allows it to rest and thicken and better coat the wings.