Classic Deep Fried Buffalo Wings

How to make traditional deep-fried buffalo wings at home! A restaurant favorite in the comfort of your kitchen.

These wings are crispy, juicy, and coated in a delicious buffalo sauce. They’re perfect for game day or any other special occasion.

You do this recipe in stages, so you can get most of the work out of the way early in the day and fry at the last minute.

parchment paper lined tray of fried hot wings.

Classic Deep Fried Buffalo Wings

Restaurant style deep fried buffalo wings made in the comfort of your home!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serving Size 2 dozen wings

Equipment

  • Deep fryer or Dutch oven
  • saucepan
  • Paper Towels

Ingredients 

  • 24 chicken wings split into drumsticks and wingettes
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garllc powder
  • ¾ cup hot sauce Frank's or Texas Pete
  • ¾ cup butter

Instructions 

  • Prep the chicken. Make sure the wings are completely defrosted and pat them dry.
  • Make the seasoned flour and chill. In a large zip-top bag or mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well. Place the wings inside and shake until they are completely coated in four. Let them chill in the fridge for at least an hour. This helps the breading stick.
    bag of flour and chicken wings.
  • Fry. Heat oil to 375° using a deep fryer or deep pot with a candy thermometer. Place wings in the hot oil. They should not be crowded: let them float freely. Fry for 15 minutes, turning halfway through. Let the temperature come back up before frying the next batch.
    dutch oven with bubbling oil and thermometer.
  • Make the buffalo sauce. Combine the butter and hot sauce in a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium low and stir until the butter in melted and the sauce is well combined. Toss the cooked wings into the buffalo sauce and serve immediately.
    melted buffalo sauce and finished wings.

Notes

Buffalo wings reheat very well, so make extra if you want leftovers.
Our favorite dipping sauce is simple homemade blue cheese: half mayo, half sour cream, with a splash of vinegar.  Add as much blue cheese as you prefer, along with some salt and pepper.
This recipe will serve four as an appetizer or two as a main course.
finished fried wings in parchment

You’ll need the following for this deep-fried appetizer:

  • chicken wings, patted dry
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • flour
  • hot sauce (Frank’s or Texas Pete)
  • butter
  • oil for deep frying (Peanut oil is our favorite. Vegetable oil works too. I wouldn’t recommend olive oil, the flavor is too strong and it smokes easily.)
  • A deep fryer or a Dutch oven or deep skillet + a candy thermometer. (I love this one for how easy it is to clean and reuse the oil.)

Don’t want to deep fry?

These are my favorite Air Fryer Chicken Wings

🍴Instructions

Step One: Coat in Flour

bag of flour and chicken wings.
I’m using this handy bag holder to keep the bag open

First, you will need to prepare the chicken. Make sure the wings are completely defrosted and pat them dry. In a large zip-top bag or mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well. Then, place the wings inside and shake until they are completely coated in four. Let them chill in the fridge for at least an hour. This helps the breading stick.

Step Two: Fry

dutch oven with bubbling oil and thermometer.

To fry the wings, heat some oil to 375° in a deep fryer or deep pot. Put the wings in the hot oil and let them float freely. Fry for 15 minutes, turning halfway through. Let the temperature come back up before frying the next batch.

Step Three: Make the Sauce

melted buffalo sauce and finished wings.

To make the buffalo sauce, combine the butter and hot sauce in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium low and stir until the butter is melted and the sauce is well combined. Toss the cooked wings into the buffalo sauce and serve immediately.

🥫 Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They reheat best in an air fryer or convection oven. Toss them in more sauce after reheating.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert Tips

  • Frozen chicken wings are a great deal at Costco. They come split into two pieces already, and they are flash frozen so you can pull just what you need out of the freezer.
  • You can deep fry in a Dutch Oven. Make sure you pour enough oil so that your food can float freely. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of your oil. And be careful!
  • Be very careful deep frying! Never turn your back to the stove and keep little people out of the kitchen. A deep fryer is safer to use than a pot.

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finished wings with blue cheese.
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  1. 5 stars
    This is the first time I’ve made Buffalo wings and they were delicious!!! Easy to follow directions. I’ll definitely make these again. The ranch dressing was delicious too!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.