Since this recipe was originally posted, Killing Thyme has shifted it’s focus to the pesco-vegetarian diet. I’ve decided to keep a few popular meat recipes in my index for your convenience, including this one.
I’ve mentioned it before, but here we go again: I am a self-admitted chicken wing snob. People from Naples can be pizza snobs; people from Philadelphia can be Philly Steak snobs and people from Quebec can be poutine snobs. I grew up about 40 minutes out of Buffalo, NY – I am a chicken wing snob. So is my father, which is why he’s become obsessed with nailing the recipe over the last few years. He says it best:
“There is no shortage of opinions as to what chicken wings are supposed to taste like. Some people like BBQ flavoured wings. Some like Cajun wings. I could probably go on for a few more paragraphs, but for those of us born and raised in the general area of Western New York, and Buffalo/Niagara Falls in particular, there is only one style of chicken wings.”
“The chicken wing, as we know it, was conceived in a small Buffalo bar by the name of The Anchor Bar. The popularity grew quickly, on both sides of the big ditch more appropriately called the Niagara River. On this side of the border (Canada) you can find some darn good Buffalo style wings. Every bar makes them here, just as every bar on the U.S. side of the ditch does. It’s a staple, and an absolute best friend of any tall glass of Molson Canadian or chilled can of Genessee Beer.”
The recipe is simple, but it’s all in the execution.
“I tried baking ‘em. Sucked. I tried cooking ‘em on the BBQ/Grill. Sucked. I tried everything I could, short of cooking them in a deep fryer, which really is the only way to cook a decent chicken wing. Then, along came Father’s Day, and I was presented with a nice little deep fryer for a gift. First thing I thought of, of course, was YESSSSS! Chicken wings, cooked the way they are supposed to be cooked.”
Dad claims that there really is no great secret to good tasting Buffalo Chicken Wings. There are very few ingredients. Your biggest decisions are: How hot do I want them? and, How crispy, or not, do I want them?
I like my wings hot, but Dad tends to make them on the medium side which is also great. The way to balance it is quite easy: if you want hotter wings, you put more Frank’s. If you want them on the milder side, add more butter. Easy peasy.
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- 30 chicken wings/drummies
- 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Vegetable oil amount varies, check your deep fryer instructions
- Carefully heat your deep fryer to 375 degrees F - outdoors. (Obviously you don't have to do this outdoors but I am just one of those people who refuses to use a deep fryer indoors unless you're working in an restaurant kitchen).
CHICKEN WINGSWash and cut your wings. You can purchase your wings already cut into pieces (flatties and drummies), or you can buy them whole and cut them into 2 pieces. (You do not use the tips. Freeze them in a container for the next time you are making a soup broth.) You also want to buy good-sized wings. You don't want them to be too small, or they will dry out quickly throughout the deep frying process and that is a recipe for sadness, not Buffalo Wings.
WING SAUCEMix the Frank's hot sauce, butter, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a saucepan on low heat. Do not boil. Keep it on low heat until you are ready to toss the wings and make sure to stir often. When making about 30 wings using these amounts, the wings would be considered medium heat. Adjust your amounts accordingly if you are cooking more wings, or if you want them to be HOTTER!
DEEP FRYINGPlace wings in the fryer basket (don't overfill the basket - you may have to cook them in batches).
- Carefully put the basket in the fryer and cover.
- Fry the batch for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the wings.
SERVINGPlace the wings in a large bowl (one with a lid).
- Pour your heated sauce over the wings as evenly as you can.
- Cover the bowl, shake, and swirl to ensure even coverage.
- Open the lid and get smacked in the face with that awesome Buffalo Chicken Wing aroma. (The vinegar is key here.)