Got a hankering for hot wings and want an effortless recipe and tips on how to make them?


Americans Love Hot Wings

You’re not alone in your cravings and certainly not alone in your love for one of America’s most beloved foods.

It’s projected that Americans will consume 1.42 billion wings for this year’s Super Bowl.

Considered a classic American comfort food, hot wings got their start in Buffalo, NY, in the late 1960s at the Anchor Bar. Teressa Bellissimo created the wings dish as a late-night snack for her son and friends.


Hot Wings Recipe Tips

Making delicious and authentic Buffalo hot wings at home is easier than you might think. 

Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect hot wings:

  1. Trim the wings. Look for fresh, large chicken wings that are plump and juicy. Trim whole wings by removing the wing tips (freeze the the tips for making chicken stock later). Use a sharp knife to separate the wingette from the drumette. 
  2. Season the wings. Dry your wings and toss them in a bit of flour seasoned with salt and cayenne. 
  3. Fry the wings. To get that crispy, crunchy texture, deep-fry the wings at 375˚ F until they are golden brown. This will take no less than 10 minutes. Use a thermometer and adjust the heat on your burner to maintain a steady 375˚ temp.
  4. Make the sauce. Next to a great crust on the wings, sauce will make your hot wings rock.  A classic Buffalo hot wing sauce is made with melted butter, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper which is what this recipe is modeled after. However, let your imagination be your guide. You can add anything to your sauce that you think will make your tastebuds dance.
  5. Sauce the wings. Toss your hot wings in the hot sauce to fully coat each wing once the wings have cooled a bit. The sauce should stick to the wings, creating a nice and spicy coating. Reserve any leftover sauce for dipping.
  6. Serve and Enjoy. Serve the hot wings with homemade ranch dressing using my super simple Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe and celery sticks. Garnish them with sliced green onions. Truly the sky is the limit in terms of how you want to fix them up. Enjoy them with a cold, refreshing drink.

Hot wings are a delicious and iconic American dish with a rich history.

By following these simple tips, you can easily make delicious and authentic hot wings right in your own kitchen.


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A pile of hot wings on a white plate garnished with green onion sitting on top of a wooden table.

Hot Wings Recipe and Cooking Tips

  • Author: Life At The Table
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 lbs of wings 1x


Got a hankering for wings. It’s easier than you think with this straightforward and delicious recipe.




  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • Peanut oil (or other high temperature oil) for frying
  • Green onions, sliced for garnish


  • 8 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce


  1. Pat chicken dry.
  2. Remove the wing tips and separate the drumette and the wingette at the joint.
  3. Mix together the flour, salt, and cayenne in a large mixing bowl. Add the wings and coat them well with the flour mixture. Set them aside.
  4. Heat the peanut oil in a large cast iron pot to 375˚ F. Use a pot large enough to immerse the wings in the oil for deep frying.
  5. Once the oil has reached 375˚ F add chicken wings in small batches; do not overcrowd the pot.
  6. Deep fry each batch for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove each batch to drain on paper towels or set them on a rack over a sheet tray to cool.
  8. While the wings are frying prep the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan.
  9. Bring the sauce to a simmer over low heat until the butter melts.
  10. Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from the heat.
  11. Place the cooled wings in a large bowl and add as much sauce as needed to coat the wings.
  12. Reserve any leftover sauce for dipping.


Kick your sauce up a notch by adding other ingredients, honey, molasses, gochuchang, chili crisp, soy sauce, Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, homemade ranch dressing, bleu cheese, etc. Follow your tastebuds lead!

Make extra sauce for dipping for those who like their wings dripping with sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 pound per person
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