Buffalo Wings

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Cook these classic Buffalo wings in an air fryer or on the stove, then toss them in a buttery hot sauce and serve with creamy blue cheese sauce.

Buffalo Wings
Photo:

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Amelia Rampe

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
4

There’s no substitute for a classic Buffalo wing when it comes to snacking while watching a game or relaxing on a weekend afternoon. These wings are fried, then tossed in a buttery hot sauce and served with blue cheese dipping sauce and celery. The tangy blue cheese dressing is the perfect counterpart to the wings. If you like extra-crispy wings, fry them for an extra minute or two. And if you have an air fryer, cook the wings skin-side up to keep the skin as crispy as possible.

What are Buffalo wings?

Buffalo wings are chicken wings tips and flaps that are fried then tossed in hot sauce (traditionally, Frank’s Red Hot sauce) and served with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. They get their name from the town where they originated: Buffalo, New York. Buffalo residents and wing diehards maintain there is only one true way to prepare them – here’s that recipe. 

How to cook Buffalo wings

In five easy steps, you can have Buffalo wings in less than an hour. Make the blue cheese dipping sauce with sour cream, mayonnaise, and buttermilk. Fry the wings on the stovetop or in an air fryer until golden brown. Make the buttery hot sauce, then toss the fried wings in the hot sauce and serve them with the blue cheese dipping sauce and a few celery sticks alongside. They are a great snack for the Super Bowl or any time you want to kick up your weeknight repertoire.

Ingredients

Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 1/3 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons whole buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives

  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Buffalo Wings

  • Vegetable oil

  • 10 small (1 pound total) chicken drumettes, patted dry

  • 10 small (13 ounces total) chicken wing flats (wingettes), patted dry

  • 1/2 cup buffalo-style hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Additional ingredients

  • Celery sticks

Directions

Prepare the Blue Cheese Dressing:

  1. Stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, and lemon juice in a medium bowl; fold in blue cheese, chives and salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Prepare the Buffalo Wings:

  1. Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Pour vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven to a depth of 2 inches; heat oil to 375°F over medium. Fry chicken drumettes and wing flats in 2 batches until golden brown and until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of chicken registers at least 165°F, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to wire rack.

  2. While chicken cooks, bring hot sauce and butter to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium, whisking occasionally. Simmer, whisking occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 1 minute. Cover and set aside.

  3. Place Buffalo Wings and sauce in a large bowl; toss until wings are evenly coated. Transfer to a platter, and serve with Blue Cheese Dressing and celery sticks.

Air-Fryer Method

Prepare Blue Cheese Dressing as directed in Step 1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Preheat air fryer to 375°F for 10 minutes. Add half of chicken pieces, skin side up, to fry basket; cook until crispy golden brown and a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of chicken registers at least 165°F, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet in a single layer; place in preheated oven, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken. Continue to Step 3, and proceed as directed.

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