What tastes better than a buffalo wing? In my opinion, nothing. The buffalo wing is by far my favorite food. Buffalo sauce has such a unique taste...a great combination of hot sauce and butter. It doesn't get any better than that. Drench perfectly browned and crisped chicken wings in the sauce and you have the perfect marriage.

So what exactly is a buffalo wing? It is a non-breaded chicken wing piece (drum or flat, "party wing") deep-fried and tossed in sauce. The sauce must be vinegar based and have cayenne pepper and butter to be buffalo sauce. Technically the chicken wing should not be breaded, as a plain wing tossed in the fryer and deep fried makes it traditional.

When did buffalo wings come into existence? The most popular and mostly undisputed story for the idea origination took place in 1964 in Buffalo, NY. Co-owner of the Anchor Bar, Teressa Bellissimo, wanted to make a different and tasty late night snack for her son and son's friends. She came up with the quick and easy idea of frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or used for stock) and tossing them in a cayenne pepper hot sauce with butter. The buffalo wing was born...thank you Anchor Bar!

It really wasn't too long ago that the first wing was created, but what a hit they have become in bars across the United States. It's hard not to find buffalo wings or buffalo tenders the local bar's menu. But let's not limit ourselves. Although the chicken wing will always remain king, there are many different uses for buffalo sauce. And with such a great flavor, it would be a shame to limit buffalo sauce to chicken wings only. Other buffalo flavored recipes include pizza, calzones, shrimp, chicken dip, boneless tenders, nachos, and much more. The buffalo flavor has become more popular with store-bought snacks as well. You'll routinely come across buffalo flavored potato chips, peanuts, pretzels, even cheese curds! It's fun to see what the manufacturers will come up with.

Here's a simple but flawless recipe for buffalo wings (my favorite):

You'll need:

a deep fryer

party style chicken wings (as many as you want)

Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce (as much as you can handle)

Directions:

Heat the deep fryer to 375F. Toss in a fair amount of wings, but don't cram them. Cook for about 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and skin is crispy and golden brown. Remove from oil and let cool just a bit. Toss the wings with the Frank's in a bowl or shake in a closed Tupperware. You're done...eat your amazing wings.

The buffalo craze is here and here to stay. If you haven't tried anything buffalo flavored, please do! It's a mouth-watering flavor that cannot be ignored!

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