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Crispy buffalo wings on a plate with sauce.
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The BEST Buffalo Wings

In this Perfect Buffalo Wings recipe, crunchy well seasoned chicken wings get fried to golden brown perfection then dipped in a classic spicy buffalo wing sauce taking them to another level!  
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 470kcal


For The Chicken:

  • 1 pound disjointed chicken wings
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

For the Sauce:

  • cup Frank's hot wing sauce
  • ½ cup melted salted butter


For the Chicken:

  • Add chicken wings to buttermilk and let marinate for at least 2-3 hours.
  • While chicken marinates, add flour, seasoned salt, paprika, black pepper and garlic powder to paper bag and shake well to evenly distribute flavors.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into seasoned flour thoroughly coating each piece then add piece to baking sheet to rest.
  • Finish coating all chicken and let sit for 10-15 minutes until coating has set.
  • While coating sets, add 2 1/2-3 inches of oil to a medium sized deep pot or deep fryer and heat over medium high heat. Also turn on oven to 275 degrees.
  • This is my test for knowing when the oil is ready: Big Mama always tossed a tiny bit of flour in the oil and if it began to fry and sizzle, the oil was ready.
  • Fry all pieces until golden brown and place on paper towels to drain for only 1 minute per wing before tossing in sauce.

For the Sauce:

  • Whisk together hot sauce and melted butter and heat in microwave to make sure it is hot.
  • Add half of sauce to another large bowl and carefully toss several wings in sauce until completely covered. Add more sauce if you like them really saucy like me then serve immediately.
  • Celery and ranch or blue cheese is a nice complement.
  • If not serving immediately, place in the oven to keep warm.


Let your chicken rest after breading it! This is something I do whenever I fry chicken.  It helps make sure that it doesn't fall off in the oil when you are frying.  It helps it stick like glue to the chicken.
Test your oil! This is the secret to crispy buffalo wings! Big Mama always tossed a tiny bit of flour in the oil and if it began to fry and sizzle, the oil was ready.
Take the time to soak. Give the wings a good two to three hours in the buttermilk.
Enjoy your buffalo hot wings freshly made. If you do have leftovers store them in the fridge for up to four days and reheat them in the oven.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 4556mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 993IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 3mg