Buffalo wings, hot wings, chicken wings, or wings
are chicken wing sections (drummettes and flats) that are traditionally
fried without breading and then coated in sauce.
Left: A bowl of hot
Classic Buffalo-style chicken wing sauce is
composed of two ingredients: a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and
butter. Buffalo wings are traditionally served with cut celery and blue cheese
Buffalo wings are named after their city of origin, Buffalo, New York. The
local residents of Buffalo generally refer to them as "wings" or "chicken wings"
rather than "Buffalo wings". The appellation "Buffalo" is also now commonly
applied to foods other than wings (such as chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, and
popcorn chicken) that are seasoned with the Buffalo-style sauce or variations of
Cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter or margarine are the basis of the
sauce. Buffalo wing sauce can be made with a variable amount of heat/spiciness,
with the names of these sauces generally corresponding to the level of heat,
such as mild, medium, or hot. Typically, the wings are deep-fried (although they
are sometimes grilled or baked), drained, placed in a bowl with the sauce,
tightly covered, and shaken until the wings are evenly coated. Plain wings can
also be served.
In most cases, each contains the same base sauce but varies in the amount of
butter or margarine and hot sauce used. Wings can also be served dry with the
sauce on the side.