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I made these Buffalo Wings last night for a party and they drew raves and requests for the recipe, so I'll share.

The wings can either be mild or hot and I made some of both, so at the end of the recipe is the REALLY HOT variation. The chicken is juicy and the sauce is flavorful. My secret, if there is one, is double cooking. Once in the deep fry, and then again in the oven.

Buffalo Wings

Ingredients:
3lbs fresh chicken wings
Vegetable oil for frying

For the sauce:
2 twelve ounce bottles Heinz chili sauce
1 five ounce bottle Frank's hot sauce
2 teaspoons tabasco sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons softened butter
1/4 teaspoon each, salt & pepper

For the side:
Marie's super premium blue cheese dressing
Celery sticks

Directions:
1. Rinse wings, dry with paper towels, store uncovered in refrigerator for several hours.

2. In large tupperware bowl, or bowl with a top, combine sauce ingredients.

3. In large pot, heat 5 inches of oil to 350 degrees. Make sure to use a cooking thermometer as temperature is the key to getting properly cooked wings.

4. Deep fry, in batches, 5 or 6 wings at a time for several minutes. Parts of the wings will start to get golden brown. Drain each batch briefly on paper towels, pat out excess oil, then dump them in the sauce bowl. Shake gently to coat in sauce and leave the top on as you keep frying and adding more wings. This steams the wings in their sauce.

5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray. After all the wings are cooked and sauced, place them on the baking pan in a single layer (use 2 pans or bake in 2 batches if necessary).

6. Bake wings for about 15 minutes. The tips of the wings will blacken a bit. This is good. They look barbecued.

7. Serve with the dressing and celery on the side.

8. For REALLY HOT wings this is what my son does: After the wings are lined up on the baking pan sprinkle more drops of tabasco and/or Frank's hot sauce over them, then lightly sprinkle with cayenne pepper.

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  1. They sound very good, but these are barbecue wings, not Buffalo Wings. Buffalo Wings have only three ingredients: Chicken Wings, Franks Hot Sauce, and butter.

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    1. re: sbp

      I couldn't agree with you more. It's a whole different ball game when you add chili sauce.

      Sounds tasty though!

      1. re: bryan

        Yeah. Not trying to offend anyone, and the recipe does sound very good (I like the idea of having the sauce soak into the wings, then baking to crisp up again -- good idea, but not for Buffalo Wings)

        But like AOC in wine or laws regarding cheeses, Buffalo Wings need some protection or else, 50 years from now, KFC's breaded, greasy, bland monstrosity will be what people believe are Buffalo Wings. You can't bake them, you can't leave them sitting in sauce (or else the crispy skin goes soggy), and no matter what else, you can't bread them. They are what they are. It's one of those food miracles where the simplest thing turns out to have the most profound taste.

      2. re: sbp
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        TrishUntrapped

        I agree these aren't as hot as just using plain hot sauce. These are good for a group of people of various ages and tastes.

        Someone else at this party brought boneless buffalo wings, chunks of breast meat cooked in 3 types of hot sauce and some butter. They were hot enough to make you sweat, some folks loved them, others found them too hot.

        However you make 'em, enjoy 'em!

        1. re: sbp

          I asked about buffalo wings and one person posted that margarine was/is used with the original recipe.

          1. re: RUBulldog

            I worked at a pizza and wings restaurant in Buffalo, NY (the wing birthplace!) and we used Frank's RedHot and liquid margarine for our sauce.

            1. re: BookGirl234

              I worked at a joint in Buffalo too, and yes, we used margarine, but some places used butter. Buffalo Wings taste like Buffalo wings with either margarine or butter.

        2. s
          Sounds great!

          Bison wings then......