Buffalo Wings with the Perfect Amount of Heat

I really like buffalo wings but when I go out I typically order the bbq variety because I’m kind of a wuss and I hate it when my food makes me cry.  I don’t really get the point of eating things that are so hot that it’s painful.  That’s why I like this recipe, it uses quite a bit of hot sauce but it’s not too hot.  Very rich and flavorful, but nothing ridiculous.


These recipe is not healthy, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is really good. I think it’s okay to indulge once in a while, right?


I used a garlic lemon feta cheese sauce for dipping, so good. Find the recipe here:

Buffalo Wings with the perfect amount of heat

Serves 3-4
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 15 minutes



  • 7-10 whole chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

buffalo sauce

  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot original cayenne pepper sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled to room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves


1. Cut off wing tips and discard. Separate chicken wings into drummettes and wings. Put them in a large plastic bag.
2. Mix flour, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Pour mixture into bag with chicken. Shake bag until chicken is covered and dump onto large plate or tray. Allow wings to sit out and dry for about 45 minutes.
3. Make sauce by mixing butter, hot sauce lemon juice and basil. Set aside until ready to use.
4. Preheat fryer or stockpot of oil to 350°f (medium-high). Carefully add coated chicken wings to fryer and cook about 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towel lined plate.
5. Put wings in heat-proof tupperware type container, dump half of sauce over wings. Close container and flip over once to distribute sauce. Serve wings with remaining sauce for dipping.

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