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The Best Crispy Buffalo Wings

The best buffalo wings blend crispiness, tenderness, and sauciness into each delectable bite. This recipe hits that goal spot on, starting with a coating of cornstarch that sets the stage for a spicy and aromatic batter infused with paprika, garlic, and cayenne. A quick fry for 8-10 minutes transforms these wings into golden perfection. Once out of the fryer, toss the wings in your favorite buffalo sauce, coating every inch with tangy goodness. Serve them with classic accompaniments like crunchy celery sticks and creamy ranch, or pair them with blue cheese dip. These wings are a perfect party appetizer or game-day snack!

Tasty Team
95% would make again


for 4 servings

  • ¾ cup cornstarch (95 g), divided
  • 2 lb chicken wings (910 g), rinsed and patted dry
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (30 g)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅔ cup water (155 mL)
  • peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce (155 g)
  • ranch or blue cheese dip, for serving
  • 1 stalk celery sticks, for serving, cut into sticks

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 656
  • Fat 43g
  • Carbs 30g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Protein 35g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a bowl, toss ¼ cup (30 grams) of cornstarch and the chicken wings together until fully coated. Transfer the wings to a wire rack and let rest and dry out for 20 minutes, ideally in the fridge if you have space.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ½ cup of cornstarch, the flour, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the water, breaking up any lumps and mixing until smooth. The batter should be slightly runny.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches 350°F (180°C).
  4. Coat chicken wings in the batter, shaking off any excess. Add the wings to the oil in batches, cooking for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the chicken wings wot a wire rack set over a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a clean bowl and drizzle with with the buffalo sauce, tossing to coat. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with either ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.
  6. Enjoy!
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