Frank's Buffalo Chicken Wings

Frank's basic buffalo hot wings recipe

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  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1029 Calories
66g Fat
3g Carbs
100g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 1029
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66g 85%
Saturated Fat 24g 118%
Cholesterol 357mg 119%
Sodium 1351mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 100g
Calcium 63mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Frank's Buffalo wings are a favorite finger food for parties, game day, or anytime you want to munch on a few wings. This recipe is a simple variation on the classic Buffalo chicken wings and it adds a little brown sugar to the mix.

Frank's Hot Sauce is the brand used in Buffalo, New York, where these famous wings originated. It is not a super-spicy sauce, though you can easily heat the recipe up with a little cayenne. If you are making the sauce with a spicier brand, be sure to taste and adjust accordingly.

You'll also enjoy this recipe because the wings are baked and not fried, as are so many others, making them a little healthier so you can feel better about indulging in these tasty bites.


  • 5 pounds whole chicken wings (cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup Frank's hot sauce (or another hot sauce)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or margarine)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Optional: cayenne pepper to taste for spicier wings
  • Optional: salt to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 450 F.

    Ingredients for Frank's red hot buffalo wings
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  2. If necessary, cut whole wings into two pieces, discarding the tips. Keep in mind that one wing makes two pieces: the "flat" and the "drum."

    Cut up chicken
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  3. Season the wings with salt and spread them out evenly on a baking pan. Do not crowd them and use two pans if necessary.

    Season wings with salt
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  4. Bake for about 20 minutes.

  5. Remove from the oven and turn the wings over. Cook for another 20 minutes until the wings are cooked through and well-browned.

    Buffalo wings
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  6. While the chicken wings are baking, mix the hot sauce, butter, vinegar, and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.

    Mix hot sauce, butter, vinegar
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  7. Bring it to a simmer, stir, then turn off the heat. Taste the sauce and add more spice (cayenne pepper) to suit your taste.

    Stir sauce
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  8. Transfer fully-soaked wings to a large mixing bowl. Pour sauce over the hot wings tossing with a spoon or spatula to completely coat.

    Transfer wings to large bowl
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  9. Let sit for 10 minutes and toss again. The chicken wings will soak in the sauce while resting.

    Buffalo wings
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  10. Toss one last time and transfer to a serving platter. For the fully authentic experience, serve with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing on the side.

    Serve buffalo wings with celery
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  • This recipe makes about 40 wings by the time you get them cut into the two pieces, so is enough for a small party. It's also an easy one to double or triple for bigger crowds. To keep the wings hot or transport them to a party, place the finished wings in a slow cooker. Low heat will keep them nice and warm.
  • Traditionalists will tell you that blue cheese and celery sticks are always served with Buffalo wings. While it is a great combination, feel free to serve your favorite wing dips. Some people prefer ranch dressing while others prefer a chipotle or mustard mayonnaise. Try them yourself; you may really enjoy breaking with tradition.