There’s a small town in Texas called Buffalo. It’s located between Dallas and Houston, and the town’s name has always stuck with me when thinking about spicy chicken wings, which are often called Buffalo wings. When I was young, because said chicken wings are spicy, I assumed they were named after this small Texas town. But no, they’re named after a town in upstate New York on the Canadian border, a place that’s decidedly not known for its spicy cuisine.
To eliminate any confusion, I want to explain that this spicy baked chicken wings recipe packs plenty of heat. They’re a perfect party food, and they always go fast, so if you’re serving a crowd you might want to double the recipe. And while the dish’s origins may be in the Northeast, there’s no question that this version has its roots firmly planted in Texas—Buffalo and beyond.–Lisa Fain
LC Spicy Baked Chicken Wings?! Note
Uh, baked chicken wings?! As in, chicken wings without the butter, deep-frying, or grease-splattered stovetop? Count us in.
Spicy Baked Chicken Wings
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 1 H
- Serves 4
- Vegetable oil, for the baking sheet
- Salt, to taste
- 2 pounds chicken wings, wing tips removed, wings separated into flats and drumettes with a sharp knife or a pair of kitchen shears
- 1 cup vinegar-based hot sauce (such as Cholula, Tapatío, or Frank’s RedHot)
- Blue Cheese Dip, for serving
- 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Slick a rimmed baking sheet with just a little oil.
- 2. Lightly salt the wings and then toss them with 1/2 cup hot sauce. Using tongs, place the wings on the baking sheet in a single layer and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes, flipping once after about 25 minutes.
- 3. Remove the wings from the oven and turn on the broiler. Using tongs, pluck the wings from the baking sheet and plop them in a clean bowl. Toss with the remaining 1/2 cup hot sauce. Drain the fat from the baking sheet and discard. Return the wings to the baking sheet and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until brown speckles begin to appear. (If you prefer your wings obscenely crisp-skinned, use those tongs to flip the wings one last time and leave them under the broiler for another 1 to 2 minutes.)
- 4. Pile the Spicy Baked Chicken Wings onto a platter or plate and set them out while still warm with the Blue Cheese Dip on the side for dipping (and lots of napkins).