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Buffalo Chicken Wings

This Buffalo Wings recipe is stunningly crispy and flavorful – they’re baked, not fried!  A couple of secret ingredients boost the crispiness of these finger-licking great chicken wings. This buffalo wings sauce is amazing!

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Crispy buffalo wings can easily be baked, not fried – they’re extra crispy and much healthier.

Crispy Buffalo Wings

This buffalo wings recipe came into existence back when my biggest little turned 14. At that age, he loved soccer, knowing more than the parents, and crispy chicken wings. The know-it-all thing will (hopefully) come to a humble end upon mature adulthood, but the buffalo chicken wings obsession might be permanent. For his birthday, he requested a DQ style ice cream cake and Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Specifically these chicken wings, he said. And only this buffalo wings sauce, please. Ah, the daily gig of feeding teenagers growing full tilt.

Why You’ll Love THIS
Crispy Buffalo wINGS RECIPE

  • These buffalo chicken wings are baked to crispy perfection, not fried.
  • There’s no need to get messy with greasy deep frying. A foil-lined baking sheet means easy cleanup.
  • There are 2 surprise ingredients: cornstarch and baking powder allow these chicken wings to become extra crispy in the oven.
  • Because these chicken wings use cornstarch instead of flour, they’re naturally gluten-free.
  • We use Sriracha, as it has a thicker texture and deeper flavor than other commonly used hot sauces.
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These chicken wings crisp up beautifully in the oven, thanks to 2 secret ingredients you already have in your pantry.

How to make crispy chicken wings
in the oven

You truly can have a crispy batch of chicken wings that are oven-baked and not fried. I’ve seen several tricks, but my personal favorite hacks are:

  1. Thoroughly dry every single chicken wing. Singular, because you literally take paper towels to each piece of chicken and remove as much moisture as you possibly can. This works nearly just as well as the chilling/air drying method and is just way faster.
  2. I use a combination of baking powder and corn starch in the dry rub. We add those two ingredients to just the right mixture of simple spices. The chicken sits in this dry rub before baking.

These simple techniques create a flavorful and crispy batch of oven-baked chicken wings. They’re so good at this point, we could just devour all the crispy wings now and call it done. But let’s say you wanted continue on with a finger-licking, delicious sauce.

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How to make buffalo wings sauce

Everyone knows the sauce is what makes buffalo wings so finger-licking great. We’ve done buffalo wings using all kinds of sauce variations, including classic Frank’s Red Hot.

While all variations are mouthwatering in their own right, our favorite secret is Sriracha hot chili sauce. It’s made with sun-ripened chilies, ground into a paste with garlic. We use up bottles of Sriracha like wild. Case in point: These BBQ Sriracha Ribs are spectacular and this Honey Lime Shrimp with Sriracha have stunning flavors.

For our Buffalo Chicken Wings sauce, the team players include:

  • Pure honey – this gives your sauce a deliciously syrupy texture and sweet flavor
  • Real butter – we use salted butter for extra flavor
  • Tamari soy sauce – you can use regular soy sauce if you’d like, but Tamari soy sauce is generally less salty and has more depth of flavor.
  • Sriracha – we found Sriracha to be superior to other common hot sauces, as Sriracha boasts a thicker texture and richer flavor.
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What to serve with Buffalo Wings

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Buffalo Wings
Commonly Asked Questions

What’s the difference between buffalo wings and chicken wings?

Both refer to crispy chicken wings that are typically deep fried; buffalo wings are dipped in a buttery hot sauce, while chicken wings can be dipped in a variety of sauces like barbecue sauce or ketchup.

Are buffalo wings healthy?

While the typical deep-fried buffalo wings aren’t known for being healthy, our oven-baked chicken wings are definitely much healthier. Most of the fat is rendered while baking at high heat in the oven, and there is no additional grease added.

What’s the secret to crispy chicken wings in the oven?

The secrets to crispy baked chicken wings include using cornstarch and baking powder (not baking soda) to coat the wings prior to baking. Also, it’s essential to thoroughly dry every single piece of chicken with paper towels to remove all moisture prior to starting the recipe. Excess moisture will work against the chicken becoming crispy.

Do you put sauce on wings before or after they’re baked?

Always bake the wings until they’re crispy first. Then, either toss crispy wings in the sauce and serve immediately, or serve the sauce on the side for people to dip their wings into.

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Honey Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Wings (Crispy Baked!)

5 from 69 ratings
This Honey Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe is stunningly crispy and flavorful. Plus, they’re oven baked, not fried! A couple of secret ingredients boost the crispiness of these finger-licking great chicken wings. This buffalo wings sauce is amazing!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 appetizer servings
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

For the Sauce:

  • 5 TB butter
  • ½ cup pure honey
  • ¼ cup Sriracha, use less if you want it mild
  • 1 TB Tamari sauce
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Optional garnishes: freshly chopped parsley or chives

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F, with rack on upper middle position. Line a large baking sheet with foil and generously grease the foil. Very thoroughly chicken wings with paper towels; take the time to dry each piece well, so that all excess moisture is removed.
  • In a large Ziploc bag, combine garlic powder, pepper, salt, baking powder, and corn starch. Mix well. Add chicken wings, gently shaking to coat thoroughly.
  • Place wings in single layer on foil lined baking sheet. Bake 45-50 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  • While chicken is baking, make the sauce. In a small pot, melt butter. Add rest of sauce ingredients, constantly stirring, until mixture starts to bubble. Immediately remove from heat and set aside.
  • Transfer baked wings to a large serving platter.
  • When ready to serve, pour as much sauce as desired over wings, tossing to coat well. If desired, save some sauce for serving alongside of wings. Serve immediately while chicken is crispy.

Notes

  • We use Sriracha, as it has a richer and deeper flavor and thicker texture than that of other common hot sauces such as Frank’s. 
  • Honey is preferred here instead of sugar, as the thick and syrupy texture makes the sauce simply amazing. We love the sweet and spicy flavors of this sauce, but if you want your sauce less sweet, feel free to use less honey.
  • Tamari sauce is gluten-free soy sauce with nice depth of flavor.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ❤️

Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: appetizers, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: baking, Oven

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54 comments

    • Tiffany Yong

    OMG. My bf loves honey buffalo wings. But somehow they are not made equally nice every single time. I’m gonna share this recipe with him to see if he likes it

    • Preet@thevelvetlife
    • 5 stars

    Honey Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Wings looks and sounds so so delicious. In general, my family loves buffalo chicken wings and I am sure they are going to love these, cant wait to try this recipe myself. Love your pictures as always and recipe is so detailed, very helpful.

    • Khushboo Motihar (@kbmotihar)

    Honey Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Wings looks delicious! I am a vegetarian and would love to come up with a veggie variant to substitute the chicken with 🙂

    • lavandamichelle

    Oh my! I’d love to make this. I can almost taste it, literally. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karlyn Cruz
    • 5 stars

    oh wow! I bet these had the right amount of tangy flavor in them! I love chicken wings but I love spicy ones more! These look perfect!

    • Chique

    I can’t wait to try these—in my air fryer!!! It’s my new fave toy after the instant pot. I also uploaded your recipe to my fave app: Paprika. Thank you also for the follow up recipes for the sriracha!!! I always have one or two ingredients left that I don’t like to waste so this is a great addition!

    • Elizabeth O

    This looks like a lovely recipe for lover of buffalo wings. They aren’t for me as a veggie but the recipe looks easy to follow and a lovely choice for anyone wanting to try these. Great job.

    • Angela Ricardo Bethea
    • 5 stars

    Wow!! This Honey Buffalo Chicken Wings Crispy Baked looks really delicious. It makes me feels so hungry right now. Perfect for our family dinner this weekend. Will absolutely give this a try.

    • Deb B.
    • 5 stars

    Awww happy birthday to your not-so-little little one! He has great taste! Buffalo chicken wings are a big hit in my household too. But we’re always open to new recipes. I’m super excited to try this – my husband will like some of the new ingredients here that I have yet to implement in our sauce. Yumm! Can’t wait. And happy birthday to your son! 🙂

    • Holly @ Granola on the Side

    Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

    • Lisa Rios

    This looks so cripsy and delicious! I will have to make it = it makes my mouth water! Yes!

    • Ana Ojha

    Just by looking at your first picture, it makes me hungry! The recipe looks incredibly delicious and mouthwatering! Sounds just perfect for family gathering or date nights!

    • Rachel

    I guess that is the thing about wings. If you are a fan, you are a huge fan, so you better have a good recipe. If you aren’t a fan, you could really care less. I needed this recipe!

    • Emily

    Wow, these look so good! I need to make a batch ASAP!

    • Emily Fata

    Oh my gosh, buffalo chicken is one of my favourite food items! I can’t wait to try out this recipe myself!

    • Paula @ I’m Busy Being Awesome

    These look absolutely delicious! Such a yummy dinner recipe

    • GLENNY (@glennymah)

    This looks amazing! I need to try this myself – i hope it’s not TOO spicy for me haha

      • chewoutloud

      Feel free to lower the spice amount to suit your desired heat level – enjoy! 🙂

    • Valdas

    Wow, although I do not eat it, but these chicken roasters look really delicious, I can and do not refuse to taste ☺️ And it seems not so hard to make

    • 21flavorsofsplendor

    Yummy! I love that they are baked and not fried, so I don;t real guilty eating 3 or 10.

      • chewoutloud

      More like 10, right?! 😉

    • Heather @ Joshua’s Girl

    My husband loves buffalo wings! I’ll have to try this recipe soon. It sounds like the perfect date night snack. 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you all love it, Heather 🙂

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