the best Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce recipe

Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce

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Everyone needs a good Buffalo sauce recipe. Chef John’s inspired by the original recipe from Buffalo, New York, and it’s a tried-and-true sauce.

Buffalo sauce is a kitchen essential, and this recipe pays homage to the original Buffalo, New York creation. The perfect blend of heat, tanginess, and buttery richness makes it a versatile condiment for various dishes. Elevate your culinary game with this timeless Buffalo sauce that never fails to impress.

What Is Buffalo Sauce?

Buffalo sauce and hot sauce are two different things. Hot sauce is a spicy blend of cayenne pepper, vinegar, and salt. On the other hand, Buffalo sauce is a variant of hot sauce that is made by adding butter and other ingredients. Buffalo sauce is much smoother and more flavourful than regular hot sauce. It is generally used as a dipping sauce or a condiment. However, the most popular dish that is served with Buffalo sauce is chicken wings.

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Why Is It Called Buffalo Sauce?

The spicy sauce’s name comes from its birthplace, Buffalo, New York, and has nothing to do with bison.

Who Invented Buffalo Sauce?

Teressa Bellissimo, the owner of Anchor Bar, is credited with inventing Buffalo sauce in 1964. During that time, chicken wings were usually discarded or used to make stock for soup. However, when Bellissimo’s son asked her to prepare a late-night snack for his friends, she decided to deep-fry the wings and toss them in a buttery hot sauce. This led to the creation of Buffalo wings (and Buffalo sauce) as we know them today.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce

Is Buffalo Sauce Spicy?

Buffalo sauce can vary in spiciness and is often available in mild, medium, and hot options. When making homemade Buffalo sauce, you can adjust the level of heat by using more or less cayenne pepper depending on your preference. There are countless delicious ways to incorporate Buffalo sauce into your meals, here are 50 ideas to get you started.

Buffalo Sauce Ingredients

Preparing a homemade Buffalo sauce is a quick and easy process that requires only a handful of ingredients.

To create the best Buffalo sauce you have ever tasted, you will need the following ingredients:

  1. A classic Buffalo sauce is made from a hot, cayenne-pepper sauce such as Frank’s or Crystal.
  2. Butter contributes a velvety smooth richness and balances the flavors of other ingredients.
  3. White vinegar provides a pleasant tanginess and acidity to dishes.
  4. Worcestershire sauce enhances the flavor, cayenne pepper adds a kick of heat, and garlic powder provides a bold bite.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce recipe

How to Make Buffalo Sauce

It’s incredibly easy to make restaurant-quality Buffalo sauce at home. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients in a pot, bring it to a simmer, and whisk until the sauce becomes thick. Below, you’ll find the complete recipe with detailed, step-by-step instructions that will make the process a breeze.

How to Store Buffalo Sauce

It’s recommended to store homemade Buffalo sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before using, shake or stir the sauce as the ingredients may separate over time.


This sauce recipe has several drawbacks in terms of healthy eating. While some ingredients, such as vinegar and garlic powder, have some nutritional properties, the main components - hot pepper sauce and butter - contain high levels of saturated fats and sodium. Additionally, the sauce contains too much added salt. A healthier alternative would be to replace some of the butter with a healthier ingredient like olive oil, and also reduce the amount of salt and added oil in the sauce. Experimenting with adding fresh herbs and spices could also enhance the flavor without the need for excessive fats and salt.

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Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
If you happen to know someone from Buffalo, then chances are they know someone who has revealed to them the secret ingredients used in making Anchor Bar's renowned Buffalo chicken wings. I happen to have acquaintances from Buffalo and this is my own take on the Buffalo sauce recipe. It was described to me many years ago, over the course of several beers.
the best Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce recipe
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
8 servings
The ingredients you need
⅔ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)
½ cup cold unsalted butter
1 ½ tablespoons white vinegar
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
salt to taste
Let’s start !

1 Ensure that you have all the required ingredients before proceeding with the recipe.


2 Combine hot sauce, butter, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt in a pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer while stirring with a whisk.


3 Once the liquid starts to bubble around the edges of the pot, remove it from heat, stir with a whisk, and set it aside for later use.


4 Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 104
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g15%
Saturated Fat 7g37%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 576mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 0g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 0g 
Protein 0g 
Vitamin C 14mg70%
Calcium 5mg0%
Iron 0mg1%
Potassium 33mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of depth, experiment with different hot sauce brands to find the one that aligns with your taste preferences. Remember, a well-balanced Buffalo sauce is the key to transforming ordinary meals into extraordinary ones!

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