Everyone loves a classic, right? Well, it doesn’t get much more classic than this amazing appetizer.
Talk about the classic of all classic appetizers. These “no-frills” wings are truly the real deal and what started our love affair with chicken wings. Serve with fresh celery sticks and homemade blue cheese dressing, and be ready to be very popular with your guests.
How To Make Classic Buffalo Wings
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The Ingredients You Will Need
These are the wings that started it all. There’s nothing exotic about them at all and most of the ingredients you might already have. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:
Chicken wings – Look for drumettes and flat (wingettes) in the chicken section of the meat department. They are sometimes called “party wings.” If you can only find full wings, see NOTES the recipe card.
Seasonings – Salt, pepper, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Butter – Unsalted.
Cayenne pepper hot sauce – Frank’s is our favorite.
Blue cheese dressing – For serving, a must for keeping it classic.
Celery pieces – For serving, another must for keeping it classic.
EXPERT TIP: Some folks like to dredge the wings in flour before frying them up. This makes the wings extra crispy, but, just know that this is how the classic version is prepared. Keep it simple by just tossing with the seasonings and then frying them up.
Tips for Classic Buffalo Wings
Fry ‘Em Up – While baking the wings, or even air-frying the wings is a much healthier option, if you want authentic tasting Buffalo wings, you’ll want to deep fry them until super crispy, about 11 minutes.
Don’t Sauce Until Ready To Serve – These wings are best served piping hot and tossed in the Buffalo sauce just before serving. If they sit in the sauce too long, they’ll lose their crispiness and the sauce will be absorbed.
Make the Blue Cheese Dressing – To make these truly classic, you must serve them with blue cheese dressing. Making it from scratch is easy and puts the wings over the top. We didn’t tell you this, but they are tasty with Ranch, too.
EXPERT TIP: If you don’t have a deep-fryer, a large sturdy pot, or cast-iron skillet, will work filled with vegetable oil. Use a candy thermometer to maintain an oil temperature of 350°F. Fry in batches, and if you need to keep the wings warm after frying, simply place them on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack in a low-temp oven: 220°F.
How To Serve
We’ve mentioned that if you’re going to keep it classic, you need to serve these wings with blue cheese dressing and pieces of fresh celery.
We pile the wings on a platter or wooden cutting board covered with brown paper (cut from a grocery store paper bag) and then provide several small jars of the dressing. Include spoons with the dressing so guests can add to their wings without double-dipping.
And though these are excellent (and addictive) at room temperature, they are really at their best when they are served piping hot with a fresh layer of sauce on the wings.
Other Amazing Chicken Wing Recipes to Try
These classic wings are about as good as they come. But, folks, these other recipes are true game-changers in their own right. We’re sure you will love them as much as we do!
Again, these are all truly amazingly delicious wings. But, folks, isn’t this classic version calling your name right about now?
You just can’t go wrong with the wing that started it all.
It is simple, straightforward, and absolutely delicious.
And don’t forget, the homemade blue cheese dressing brings it all together!
Ready to make the best Buffalo wings this side of Buffalo? Go for it!
And when you do, be sure to take a picture of them, post it 0n Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToeFedaLoon
Classic Buffalo Wings
- Deep fryer, or sturdy pot with a candy thermometer
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 lbs chicken wings drumettes and wing flats
For the Rub
- 1 tsp Kosher salt I like Kosher
- ½ tsp black pepper divided
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
For the Sauce
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter
- ⅓ cup hot sauce i.e., Franks
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Blue cheese dressing for dipping
- Celery cut into strips
- Heat the oil in a large skillet (about 1-inch deep) or a deep fryer, to 350° to 360° F.
- In a small bowl, mix together the rub ingredients.
- Place the wings into a large bowl and then sprinkle the rub mixture over them, tossing the wings with a large spoon, making sure the wings are fully coated.
- In a separate small saucepan, combine the butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, and ground pepper over low heat. Stir until the butter has melted and the ingredients are well blended.
- Carefully place the wings into the hot oil and fry them for 10 to 11 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden. You will probably need to do this in batches.
- Remove the wings to a plate with lined paper towels to drain.
- Add the cooked wings to a large bowl. Add the prepared wing sauce, and gently stir, coating all the wings evenly.
- Place on your serving platter along with homemade blue dressing and cut celery. Serve at once!
POST UPDATE: The recipe was originally published in November 2014, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new photography, tips, and a fabulous new video in September 2023.