Classic Buffalo Hot Wings

dinner lunch
Prep time 15mins
cook time 15-60mins

Fried or grilled, these delicious chicken wings are a treat for snacks, lunch or served with salad for dinner.


  • 1 kg of chicken wings
  • 6 cups vegetable oil (if frying)
  • 1 cup cayenne based hot sauce (like Frank's or Culley's)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder (if baking)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (if baking)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (if baking and optional)


Fried Wings -

  1. Pat wings dry with paper towels. In a 4.7L Dutch Oven, heat oil to 190°C. 
  2. Carefully add wings to hot oil using tongs, being careful not to overcrowd the Dutch Oven. 
  3. Deep fry until crispy and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. For crispier wings, cook an additional 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Remove chicken from oil and drain on a paper towel. 
  5. Place wings in a bowl and toss in sauce. 

Crispy Baked Wings -

  1. Pat wings dry with paper towels. Preheat the oven to 120°C
  2. Place wings in a large bowl and toss with 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of paprika. Mix well. Coat with 2 tablespoons of canola oil. 
  3. Place on a wire rack, on top of a lipped cooking tray.
  4. Cook wings for 20 minutes in the lower part of the oven, then increase the heat to 220°C, place in the upper part of the oven for 40 minutes or until crispy.
  5. Remove wings from grill and place in a heat-safe bowl. Toss in hot sauce. 

Hot Sauce -

  1. Melt butter in a sauce pan or small skillet
  2. Add hot sauce and white vinegar
  3. Simmer for 1-2 minutes

If you can't have your hot wings without a blue cheese dip then we have a recipe for that too!

Blue Cheese -

  1. Mash ¼ cup of blue cheese and ¼ cup of sour cream until smooth 
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, a small clove of garlic minced, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Combine all ingredients and use a little milk if you need to adjust consistency.

Serve your hot wings with celery sticks.. and beer.