Recipe: Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

by April@MyFoodTrail on August 13, 2009

in Chicken, Cooking, Mains, Recipes, Sauces

I thought it was hilarious when Jessica Simpson was asked if she wanted a buffalo wing, (on Newlyweds – please don’t judge but I watched every episode of the four seasons!), responded “No thanks, I don’t eat buffalos.” Ah, Jessica, buffalos don’t have wings! I have since found out it is quite common for the average Australian not to know that buffalo wings are actually marinated chicken wings.

Wikipedia tells me that buffalo wings are named after their city of origin, Buffalo, New York. However, the local residents refer to them as “wings” or “chicken wings”, not “buffalo wings”. I guess it is similar to how there is no “Singapore noodles” in Singapore!

Hubby and I don’t eat chicken wings often but when I saw them for $1.79 a kilo, I thought I could try making buffalo wings. I have only had buffalo wings at two places, TGIF’s here in Melbourne and recently on holiday in Hamilton Island. They are chicken wings that have been marinated in a tangy sauce and have a red-orange colour. They are normally served with celery sticks and a blue cheese sauce.

I found this recipe in “The Complete Chicken Cookbook” and have made them twice, cooked in 3 different ways! The first time I followed the instructions which called for coating the chicken wings in a dry powder mix, then deep frying the chicken for a few minutes. The chicken was then marinated overnight in a sauce mixture and pan fried/cooked on the BBQ. The second time I pan fried the chicken instead of deep frying (deep frying wastes too much oil) and put one lot in the oven, straight on some foil and the other lot on a rack, in the oven.

All three ways of cooking essentially tasted the same because the same marinade was used, but the cooking in the oven on a rack turned out best because they were crisper. I would rank the pan frying as the least favourite. I brought the second lot to a family dinner where there was way too much food, but my buffalo wings was the only dish that was completely eaten! Everyone loved them!

The blue cheese dipping sauce is also divine, though you can leave out the blue cheese if that’s not to your liking. I had also made the sauce using natural yogurt instead of sour cream because I didn’t have sour cream handy. I used the leftover blue cheese sauce the next day in a mash potato… OMG it was the best!

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Buffalo Wings

Ingredients
12 large chicken wings (just over a kilo)
1 tsp black pepper
3 tsp garlic salt
3 tsp onion powder
¾ cup (190ml) tomato sauce
3 tbsp (60ml) Worcestershire sauce
30g butter, melted
3 tsp sugar
Oil for frying
Tabasco sauce, to taste (optional)

Method

1. Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels. Cut the tips off each wing and discard. Bend each wing back to snap the joint, and cut through to create two pieces (wingette & drumette).

2. Combine the pepper, garlic salt and onion powder. Rub into each chicken piece. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can use a spoon, but make sure each chicken piece is properly coated.

3. If deep frying, heat the oil to moderately hot in a deep heavy based pan. Cook the chicken in batches for 3-5 minutes until the chicken changes colour. Remove and drain on paper towels. If pan frying, cook the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side until the chicken changes colour. I cooked the wingettes and drumettes in separate batches.

4. Transfer the chicken to a non-metal bowl or shallow dish. Combine the sauces, butter, sugar and Tabasco if using. Pour the mixture over the chicken and stir to coat. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

5. Preheat a BBQ grill or heavy pased fry pan to high. Lightly oil the pan and cook for about 10 minutes each side or until chicken is cooked through. Brush chicken with excess marinade while cooking. If using an oven, cook for about 20 minutes on 200C (180C fan forced) or until chicken is brown and cooked through. Brush chicken with excess marinade while cooking.

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Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

Ingredients
½ cup (125ml) sour cream
½ cup (125ml) mayonnaise
100g blue cheese (like blue castello, but I used the milder blue brie)

Method
Chop up the cheese and mix all ingredients in a food processor. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of water.

Or if you are too lazy to use a food processor like me (hate the washing up), just chop the cheese as fine as you can and mix with the sour cream and mayonnaise, squashing the cheese pieces as you are mixing.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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Vanessa Pike-Russell August 13, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Sounds delicious! The buffalo recipe I follow includes chilli powder and Sriracha chilli sauce. Definitely packs a punch! I might try your version for those who found it a bit too spicy for their liking.
Lately I'm not happy unless my lips are burning. 🙂

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OohLookBel August 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Buffalo wings is one of those dishes that I love to eat but would never make. Till now. Thanks for the recipe; it doesn't look too hard, but oh so delicious!

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Iron Chef Shellie August 13, 2009 at 11:01 pm

mmm these look good! I'm not sure if I'm that into blue cheese to dip chicken into it, but i'd give it a go for sure! om nomnom

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Ellie August 14, 2009 at 10:27 am

I love buffalo wings!! I get excited even by looking at them!

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Stephcookie August 14, 2009 at 11:59 am

Yum they look mouthwatering! I love the sound of the blue cheese sauce, sounds like it would be nice and light with the yoghurt instead of sour cream!

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spatulaspoonandsaturday August 17, 2009 at 12:23 am

oooh chicken wings. youve reminded me how much i miss chicken wings. unfortunately, i recently married a man who isnt a fan of them so theyve been off the menu for a while.

i think he might have to put up with them next weekend!

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Rilsta August 18, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Hi Vanessa: Ooh, with chilli powder and chilli sauce I'm sure that would pack a punch! I can't take foods that are too spicy so I love this version!

Hi Belle: This recipe is quite easy, but a bit tedious with the double cooking. So worth it though!

Hi Iron Chef Shellie: I don't eat blue cheese on it's own, but mixed in a sauce I will. Blue Brie is also a lot milder than straight blue cheese.

Hi Ellie: Haha! 🙂 They taste as good as they look!

Hi Stephcookie: Yeah, using natural yogurt is definitely a lot lighter than sour cream, but I still think sour cream is better!

Hi spatulaspoonandsaturday: Well marriage is all about compromise so I think it's only fair he should put up eating them for one weekend when you go without the rest of the time! 🙂

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Forager August 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Yum yum yum! I love good buffalo wings – the best I had were in Miami, so hot they blew my head off, but so so good. Do you invariably think of Jessica Simpson when you think of buffalo wings – or is that just me?

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Rilsta August 25, 2009 at 9:20 am

Hi Forager: It is not until now that I realised that buffalo wings are supposed to be spicy!

Haha, yes, I think of Jessica Simpson! 🙂

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Julia @ Mélanger August 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

When I lived in Boston for 5 years, these things were everywhere. I did indulge every now and again. Some places had them sooooo spicy. They were always served with a blue cheese sauce or some type of ranch dressing I think – you know, to cool the mouth! I have never made my own…..now I'm inspired!

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Rilsta August 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Hi Julia: Thanks for dropping by! Lucky you being able to live in the US for a while! I hope to visit US soon and try some of these wings there.

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Ashton August 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Haha it's weird to see your description of buffalo wings from a non-US perspective.

I live in Maryland and pretty much in the US if your restaurant doesn't have buffalo wings on the menu for dinner it's just not a good restaurant 😛

I mean now Wendy's fast food even has buffalo wings… They are my favorite kind of chicken ever since I was young.

I guess one thing I found weird was I wouldn't call the buffalo wing sauce tangy I would call it hot and spicy. Haha the traditional way my dad makes it here is to just melt a teaspoon or two of butter and add a half bottle of hot sauce in it and then spread it on the wings.

I can't believe you only just realized that it was supposed to be spicy because in america at least that's the selling point of the wings is how spicy they are on menus and things.

haha loves it

but i'm a vegetarian now. so. i don't eat these as much obviously but they have good chicken alternatives and i just pour the hot sauce on them and eat them up hahaha

oh and i guess i found it odd that someone said they might not like bleu cheese and chicken… in the US it's like ranch and bleu cheese are so common i guess its weird

fun to read! loved it hahaha ttyl

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Rilsta August 31, 2009 at 11:49 am

Hi Ashton: Thanks for your comment! I can't wait to head over to the US and try REAL buffalo wings, not the bastardised version I'm beginning to think we have here in Australia! Though I'm not sure how many I can eat as I have a low spicy hot tolerance!

I just recently saw a vegetarian recipe for 'mock' chicken and I'm pretty sure there is no way it would taste as good as real chicken but at least there is an alternative for vegetarians!

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ms s loveridge January 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm

can't wait to try this recipe out!

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