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Try this hot wings recipe for Buffalo chicken wings similar to those served at a popular restaurant chain. If you have ever had them, you will love them.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins
1 hr
1 hr 20 mins
10 chicken wings

There's no need to go out or even order in when you're craving delicious, spicy hot wings. Instead, next time you want your Buffalo wing fix, try this top-rated recipe. Grab your favorite dipping sauce and celery sticks because this is about to be your new go-to hot wings recipe. 

You'll never be disappointed by dry or not-hot-enough wings ever again!

How to Make Hot Wings

You'll find the full step-by-step instructions below, but here's what you can expect from this hot wings recipe:

Coat the Wings

Coat the chicken wings with a mixture of flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt. Refrigerate coated wings for at least an hour.

Make the Hot Wings Sauce

In a saucepan on the stove, combine butter, hot sauce, pepper, and garlic. Stir until butter is melted, then remove from heat and reserve for later.

Fry the Wings

Fry the chicken wings in a skillet filled with oil heated to 375 degrees F. Remove the wings and place them on a paper-towel lined plate to remove the excess oil.

Coat with Hot Wings Sauce

Drizzle the hot wings sauce over the fried wings or place the hot wings in a bowl with the sauce and mix together until combined.

What to Serve with Hot Wings

Buffalo wings are delicious served with a side of ranch or blue cheese and cooling veggies (like celery or carrots). You can also serve hot wings as an appetizer for pizza or alongside mac and cheese (bonus points if you mix the hot wing sauce into the mac and cheese).

How to Store Hot Wings

Store hot wings in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. For best results, reheat leftover hot wings in the oven or air fryer — this will ensure they stay crispy.

How to Freeze Hot Wings

Freeze your hot wings so you'll have easy appetizers or dinners on hand at all times. Place hot wings in an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Great wings! Were crispy and the flour covering held in place perfectly after I let them chill for 90 minutes. The wings were done in 7 minutes when cooked in the deep fryer at the temp specified in the recipe so keep an eye on them," says cjs_mama. "I made 5 batches of these for a party and they were a HUGE hit!"

"We love these wings! Baked or fried, these are good either way. For the best wing experience, please try these with Bill's Blue Cheese Dressing from this site," according to Janine.

"WOW! These wings were AWESOME! Our usual wing joint has officially lost our business. I plan on adding this to our meal schedule at least once a week," raves T Smiley. "My husband isn't huge on wings, so I plan to try them using chicken tender strips for him. Can't wait to see how that turns out."

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a small bowl.

  • Place chicken wings in a single layer in a 9x13-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle flour mixture over top and toss until wings are evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • Add about 1 inch oil to a deep, heavy skillet; heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). (The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely.)

  • While the oil is coming to temperature, combine butter, hot sauce, pepper, and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture is thoroughly blended. Remove from the heat and reserve for serving.

  • Fry coated wings in the hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they begin to crisp and turn brown. Maintain the oil temperature while cooking.

  • Remove wings from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Transfer wings to a platter and drizzle hot sauce over top; or mix wings and hot sauce in a bowl until coated. Serve.

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 may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

908 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 10.1g; fat 97.4g; cholesterol 24.4mg; sodium 458.8mg. Full Nutrition