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A round white platter of classic buffalo wings with a dish of blue cheese dressing and cut celery.

Classic Buffalo Wings

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Sauce, Classic Buffalo Wings, Game Day Appetizer, wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 267kcal
Classic Buffalo Wings are so perfect! Especially for game day, or parties, or anytime you want the perfect appetizer. This recipe is classic in all the right ways. Serve with homemade blue cheese dressing and celery, and you won't believe the results. Amazing!
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Equipment

  • Deep fryer, or sturdy pot with a candy thermometer

Ingredients

  • lb chicken wings drumettes and wing flats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt I like Kosher
  • cup unsalted butter
  • cup hot sauce i.e., Franks
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Blue cheese dressing for dipping
  • Celery cut into strips

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  • Place the wings into a large bowl and then sprinkle the flour mixture over them, tossing the wings with a large spoon, making sure the wings are fully coated.
  • Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet, or a deep fryer, to 350° to 360° F.
  • In a separate small saucepan, combine the butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, 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.
  • 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!

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Notes

Look for wing portions in the meat section of your supermarket called 'wing drumettes' and 'wing portions.'  Or 'party wings' or 'drummettes and flats.'  You don't want the 'tip' portion of an entire wing.
Once you have completely coated the wings with the seasoned flour, it is important to allow them to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  If you plan to keep them in the fridge longer than 30 minutes, gently cover them with a kitchen towel.  They can stay in the fridge for up to 6 to 8 hours before frying.
Though deep-frying is the traditional method for cooking classic buffalo wings, you can bake them instead of frying. Place the floured wings in an oven set to 350°F on a baking rack for 60 minutes.  Internal temperature should reach 165°F.  An air fryer works well set at 350°F for 30 minutes.
The homemade blue cheese dressing is essential and can be made up to 2 days in advance. 
Don't overcrowd the wings in the oil when frying.  Frying in batches is recommended.  If doubling, or tripling the recipe, keep the fried wings in a low temp (220°F) oven until just before serving. Add the wings to a large bowl, toss with the sauce, and then serve. 

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 502IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg