Crispy chicken wings tossed in spicy sauce doesn’t get much better! Buffalo Hot Wings and Game Day go together like peanut butter and jelly – how couldn’t you love them?
Eating buffalo wings brings back such great memories. As a kid, my parents and I would “cross the river”, meaning visiting Niagara Falls, New York from Canada. We always went to a restaurant called Honeys. It was a locally owned restaurant with the BEST chicken wings ever.
I can’t remember what I had for breakfast, but I still remember what the entire restaurant looks like inside and it’s been about 15 years since I’ve been there. The smell of chicken wings was intoxicating when you walked in the door, making my mouth water waiting for that first chicken wing bite! While we waited, I always got a few quarters and got to play video games and they also had a back room kind of behind the bar, and near the bathrooms that had pool tables and dart boards. Even checking out the pictures of it today, it’s still the same place I remembered with some modern renovations. It was the coolest place!
Chicken wings are special in my family. Not only because of the memories when I was a kid, but because it’s something we all actually enjoy. If you’ve been following Mom’s Bistro for a while, you’ll know that my Dad is the worse eater in the world. He’d live off of burgers, fries and ice cream cakes if we let him, but he did always like a good chicken wing. When I moved to Florida, one of the first things my parents did was take me to get chicken wings – the best in Daytona. Although they will never be comparable to Honeys wings, just eating the wings brought back a flood of memories.
There are so many different ways that you can make chicken wings, but my favorite is the classic Buffalo style chicken wing. It brings me back to a simpler time as a kid, and just erases all of the stress of the real world for a few minutes.
D.J. and I worked together to make these buffalo wings, and I’m pretty excited for the Super Bowl to be able to make some more! D.J. makes one awesome chicken wing, I’ll tell you what! He learned from an episode of Good Eats years ago that to make sure that the wings are extra crispy and delicious, that placing them under the broiler for a little while does the trick!
Wow was he ever right! These buffalo wings were absolutely perfect, and tasted just like I remember from 15 years ago! Best of all, they are pretty damn easy to make. You just need chicken wings, hot sauce and butter and something to fry them in!
If you’re really looking for that classic Buffalo Wing, make sure to fry them and then let them drain on a wire rack on a baking sheet under the broiler for 5 minutes. Don’t use paper towels, or you’re going to have some soggy wings.
Add some celery, carrots and blue cheese or ranch, and you will be all ready for game day!
We got our chicken wings at Walmart. They sell “wingletts” in packages of 12, already cut up.
2, 12 ct whole chicken wings
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 – 1 cup (or more) hot sauce, depending on how spicy you like them
1 tsp each salt and pepper
homemade ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing
Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375 degrees.
In a very large bowl or over the stove, mix melter butter, hot sauce and salt and pepper. Taste as you go to make sure the sauce is just the right amount of spicy for you. Kick it up another notch by adding 1 tsp cayenne!
Place chicken wings on a plate or baking sheet and let come to room temperature.
Fry the wings in batches, turning as needed, until cooked through and deep golden brown, about 15 minutes making sure to return oil to 375 degrees before frying the next batch. Remove with tongs and transfer to a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet to drain.
Broil chicken wings, turning once for halfway through for 8 minutes.
Toss cooked chicken wings in prepared sauce until completely coated.
Serve immediately with homemade ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing.
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Prefer boneless wings? Try these Buffalo Chicken Tenders