Buffalo Wings 5 Ways

Recreate the iconic football food at home with our easy instructions, sauce recipes and dip ideas.

By: Wendy Kalen

Welcome to football season! Gather ’round the TV and treat your friends and family to a classic — Buffalo wings! These recipes can help you spice them up with a variety of sauces and cool them off with a creamy homemade blue cheese dip.

Classic Chicken Wings

Serves: 6
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

2 kilograms (4 pounds) chicken wings
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) salt
2 1/2 millilitres (1/2 teaspoon) ground black pepper 

  1. Heat the oven to 220 C (425 F)
  2. Line two straight-sided cookie sheets with foil and place a cooling rack in each
  3. Coat cooling racks with cooking spray
  4. Using a knife or poultry shears, cut the chicken wings at both joints. Dry chicken wings by dabbing them with a paper towel

Tip: Instead of throwing out the tips, reserve them for chicken stock

  1. Place wing sections on prepared cookie sheets and bake until golden brown, turning once, about 40 minutes
  2. While baking, heat 2 1/2 centimetres (1 inch) of oil in a large pot to 175 C (350 F)
  3. Fry wings in small batches, making sure not to crowd the pan, until crisp, about 5 minutes, turning once.
  4. Before starting another batch let oil temperature rise to 175 C (350 F).
  5. Repeat until all wings are fried

Make your Sauce, Dip or Spice Blend

Hot wings and blue cheese dip — there’s nothing more classic. Simply toss the just-fried wings into the hot sauce to coat and serve with the dip.

1. Classic Hot Sauce
Create the iconic Buffalo-style hot wing sauce at home with just four ingredients.

90 millilitres (3 ounces) butter
80 millilitres (1/3 cup) hot sauce
2 1/2 millilitres (1/2 teaspoon) salt
1 1/4 millilitres (1/4 teaspoon) ground black pepper

  1. In a large microwavable bowl melt the butter
  2. Stir in the hot sauce, salt and pepper to combine

2. Asian-inspired Sauce

This is an all-around sauce kids and adults alike will love.

60 millilitres (1/4 cup) sweet chilli sauce
7 1/2 millilitres (1 1/2 teaspoons) reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) ground ginger
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) chopped scallions
1 1/2 millilitres (1/4 teaspoon) toasted sesame oil

In a small bowl mix the chilli sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, scallions and sesame oil to combine

Tip: This dip’s flavour develops the longer it sits. If you have time, make it the night before and let the flavours meld overnight.

3. Classic BBQ Sauce
Use our three easy barbecue sauces to add some sweet tang to your hot wings.

4. Sweet and Hot Dust
This mixture is almost magical. It gives wings a crunchy, sweet heat. Make a big batch and try with just about anything — from bacon to chocolate bark to pork chops.

11 millilitres (2 1/4 teaspoons) chilli powder
7 1/2 millilitres (1 1/2 teaspoons) brown sugar
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) ground cumin
3 3/4 millilitres (3/4 teaspoon) kosher salt
2 1/2 millilitres (1/2 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
2 1/2 millilitres (1/2 teaspoon) garlic powder
2 1/2 millilitres (1/2 teaspoon) ground red pepper
1 1/4 millilitres (1/4 teaspoon) paprika

  1. In a small re-sealable plastic bag, mix all ingredients to combine
  2. Drop slightly cooled chicken into the bag and shake to coat

5. Blue Cheese Dip
This sauce has an intense flavour — there’s no doubt that the blue cheese is the star!

150 grams (5 1/3 ounces) blue cheese
75 millilitres (5 tablespoons) sour cream
1 1/4 millilitres (1/4 teaspoon) dried rosemary, crumbled
1 1/4 millilitres (1/4 teaspoon) ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl, using a fork, mash the cheese
  2. Stir in the sour cream, rosemary and pepper to combine

Are Buffalo wings your family’s favourite go-to football snack? Share your football-friendly recipes in the comments section below!




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