How to Make Buffalo Sauce – This homemade buffalo sauce recipe is easy to make with only 4 simple ingredients, like Frank’s RedHot and butter. It’s spicy and rich, and perfect to toss with chicken wings or use in other winning dishes!

Spoon drizzling buffalo sauce from a large glass measuring cup.

Why We Love Homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce

You won’t believe how simple it is to make amazing buffalo wing sauce at home that’s perfect to toss with chicken wings, roasted cauliflower, or to drizzle over all sorts of buffalo-inspired dishes… Think buffalo chicken nachos, dip, sandwiches, salads, and SO MUCH more! 

The super easy 4 ingredient recipe has just the perfect taste balance of heat, richness, and sweetness. It’s better than any store-bought sauce, guaranteed. Plus, it can be made in five minutes!

This foolproof buffalo sauce recipe makes approximately 1 ½ cups of sauce which is the right amount to coat 3 to 5 pounds of chicken wings. But you might want to double up so you have an extra batch on hand… You never know when a craving for bold and delicious wing sauce will hit!

Plate of saucy buffalo chicken wings. On the plats is also a ramekin of ranch dressing, a pile of carrot sticks, and a pile of celery sticks.

4 Ingredients You Need

  • Cayenne pepper sauce – like Frank’s RedHot
  • Butter – unsalted butter perferrably
  • Light brown sugar – or honey
  • Garlic powder – the “secret” ingredient for a more complex and flavorful buffalo sauce recipe
Recipe ingredients on a white backdrop: Bottle of Frank's RedHot, metal scoop of brown sugar, container of garlic seasoning, and a stick of butter.

How to Make Buffalo Sauce

Set a small sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add the cayenne pepper sauce, butter, brown sugar, and garlic powder.

Black sauce pot with Frank's RedHot, stick of butter, and scoop of brown sugar.

Stir until the butter has melted. Then bring to a boil. Once boiling, immediately turn off the heat and

whisk until smooth.

Get the Complete (Printable) Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe + VIDEO Below. Enjoy!

Black sauce pot with red wing sauce.

Use hot, or cool and bottle for later use.

Pouring homemade buffalo sauce from a black sauce pot into a large glass measuring cup.

How to Toss Wings in Sauce

You can use this fabulously fiery homemade buffalo sauce with smoked or grilled chicken wings, or our easy and extra-crispy oven baked buffalo wings!

Place 3 to 5 pounds of fresh and hot wings in a large bowl. Pour 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of sauce on the wings, depending on how many wings and how saucy you like them. Shake the bowl or use a spatula to toss and evenly coat the chicken… Don’t be too rough! You want the chicken skin to stay as crisp as possible.

Pouring spicy buffalo sauce from a measuring cup onto fried chicken wings in a bowl.

What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Wings

In my humble opinion, there’s no better way to serve a plate of party-ready wings than with a side of cold and creamy ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. You might also try some zesty Caesar dressing or tangy garlic sauce to really kick things up.

And you can’t go wrong with stacks of crisp celery and carrot sticks on the side. Now you’ve got a complete balanced party and game day snack!

You can easily serve these as an appetizer or main dish and pair them with a fresh green salad, or more hearty comfort food sides… Make it a complete barbecue-style meal with homemade mac and cheese, collard greens, baked beans, and potato salad.

Plate of saucy buffalo chicken wings. On the plats is also a ramekin of ranch dressing, a pile of carrot sticks, and a pile of celery sticks.

Other Ways to Use Buffalo Sauce

So yes, of course, buffalo sauce is perfect for chicken wings. But that’s not all! Use this homemade spicy and buttery sauce to make any number of other buffalo-style recipes. Here are a few of our top favorites:

And so many more!! You also can drizzle the sauce over nachos, add it to sandwiches and wraps, or use it as a spicy dip with baked or fried snacks.

Plate of saucy buffalo chicken wings. On the plats is also a ramekin of ranch dressing, a pile of carrot sticks, and a pile of celery sticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get sauce to stick to buffalo wings?

You want the wings to be nice and hot, but not greasy. This should not be a problem if you are air frying or baking the wings. However, deep-fried wings should be briefly drained on a paper towel before adding warm to a large bowl.

How do you make homemade buffalo wing sauce without Frank’s RedHot?

Use your choice of any classic red hot sauce with a spicy kick! For a similar flavor you want to choose a thin sauce that is made with cayenne peppers and vinegar.

How long does homemade buffalo sauce last?

Let the buffalo wing sauce cool completely. Transfer it to an airtight container with a lid and keep it in the fridge for up to a month.

Plate of saucy buffalo chicken wings. On the plats is also a ramekin of ranch dressing, a pile of carrot sticks, and a pile of celery sticks.

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Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe + Video

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
This homemade buffalo sauce recipe is easy to make with only 4 simple ingredients, like Frank's RedHot and butter. It's spicy and rich, and perfect to toss with chicken wings or use in other winning dishes!
Servings: 6 servings (1.5 cups total)

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set a small sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add the cayenne pepper sauce, butter, brown sugar, and garlic powder.
  • Stir until the butter has melted. Then bring to a boil. Once boiling, immediately turn off the heat and stir until smooth.
  • Use hot, or cool and bottle for later use.

Video

Notes

Let the buffalo wing sauce cool completely. Transfer to a container with a lid and keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 1350mg, Potassium: 24mg, Fiber: 0.02g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 466IU, Vitamin C: 0.003mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier
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