How to Make Chicken Wings and Get the Sauce to Stick

For the perfect party dish, learn how to get sauce to stick to chicken wings.
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Let's be honest: A good chicken wing recipe is a must-have for any successful viewing party or cookout. But no one loves a poorly coated wing — especially if the T-shirt-threatening sauce drips everywhere!

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Luckily, Claudia Sidoti, head chef at HelloFresh, has your back. Learn how to cook chicken wings with hot buffalo sauce that will stain your guests' fingers and napkins — not their clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken wings

  • Vegetable oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • Dry rub (like jerk seasoning, blackened or barbecue seasoning or southwest seasoning) for oven-roasted wings

  • For a traditional buffalo sauce:

  • 3 oz. butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 3 oz. butter

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Cayenne pepper

How to Make Baked Chicken Wings

  1. Preheat your oven:​ Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit as you begin preparing your wings.
  2. Mix the ingredients:​ Place the oil, flour and seasonings in a large bowl and mix together. Then add the wings, tossing and coating them completely.
  3. Bake the wings:​ Divide the wings evenly on baking sheets. Bake until they are cooked through and the skin is crispy. This should take about 45 minutes.
  4. Make your sauce (optional):​ You can always use store-bought sauce for your wings, but if you want to make your own, combine the butter and garlic in a saucepan until the butter is melted. Then add your hot sauce, salt and cayenne pepper and mix until well-combined.
  5. Add sauce to the wings:​ Add the wings to the sauce in a bowl and toss them to evenly coat. Place the wings on a baking sheet and bake until the glaze appears lightly caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes.

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Homemade Buffalo Sauce

Melt 3 ounces of butter and add one minced garlic clove. Pour the garlic butter into a large bowl and add 1/4 cup of hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a dash of cayenne pepper and black pepper to taste. Mix the sauce thoroughly.

How to Make Traditional Fried Wings

  1. Deep-fry the wings:​ Heat the oil of your choice in a large skillet or deep fryer to about 375 degrees. Deep-fry the wings in the oil for about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the wings:​ Remove the wings from your skillet and drain them on paper towels.
  3. Make your sauce (optional):​ You can always use store-bought sauce for your wings, but if you want to make your own, combine the butter and garlic in a saucepan until the butter is melted. Then add your hot sauce, salt and cayenne pepper and mix until well-combined.
  4. Coat the wings:​ Stir the sauce over low heat, adding the wings and coating them thoroughly.

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How to Make Sauce Stick to Chicken Wings

You're not the first person to wonder how to make buffalo sauce stick to wings. The key to getting the sauce to stick to your wings is the flour, Sidoti explains.

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Before you toss your chicken in hot sauce, be sure to coat them with enough flour or dry mixture. Make sure to dredge the entire wing before tossing it in your chosen sauce. This will help ensure an even distribution of sauce too.

Once your wings are covered in sauce and ready to be served, don't forget to pair them with some side dishes. Sidoti recommends coupling your perfectly coated chicken wings with nachos, macaroni and cheese, celery, beans, pasta or even potato salad.

"Don't forget the ranch, blue cheese and honey mustard," Sidoti says. She also loves serving her wings with a side of roasted potato wedges or onion rings for a real treat.

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