Buffalo-Style Chicken Wings


This is a recipe I learned from a very good friend, and every time I make it there isn't a wing left over. Always a 5-star with friends and family. You can tweak the recipe how you like. Less butter gives you a thicker sauce. I prefer a thinner sauce.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 gallon oil for frying, or as needed

  • 3 pounds chicken wings and drummettes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry ranch salad dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley Ranch®)

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Fry chicken wings in small batches in hot oil until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes per batch. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Assure oil reaches 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) between batches.

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir hot sauce, ranch dressing mix, and vinegar into the melted butter.

  4. Put cooked chicken wings in a large mixing bowl. Ladle sauce over wings and toss to coat.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

856 Calories
87g Fat
10g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 856
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 87g 111%
Saturated Fat 21g 103%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 2097mg 91%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 42mg 210%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.