Easy Buffalo Wing Sauce

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Easy Buffalo Wing Sauce —a rich and spicy dipping sauce perfect for chicken wings, pizza, dips, and so much more.

a jar of buffalo sauce

The first thing that comes to my mind when anyone mentions wings is buffalo sauce and blue cheese. One of the greatest combinations ever created. Although ranch is a close second. However, not all buffalo sauces are created equal. I loathe weak thin buffalo sauce; it should cling to the wings. In my opinion, the best buffalo sauce is thick, rich, very spicy, and a bit tangy from a dash of vinegar.

Buffalo wing sauce ingredients

buffalo sauce ingredients

To make the best buffalo wings sauce you need a great base hot sauce, spices, butter, and a thickener.
Hot sauce– The hot sauce that you choose will determine the taste of the sauce. My favorite hot sauce is Burman’s sold by Aldi’s. It has the right amount of saltiness and heat.

Butter– Butter gives this the necessary richness required of buffalo sauce.

Vinegar– I use seasoned rice vinegar because it isn’t as potent as plain white vinegar while adding a nice tango ness to the sauce. It is optional but I never skip it.

Spices– Heat. I need the extra cayenne with a little bit of sugar to balance it out. White pepper adds to the heat as well while garlic powder gives it some extra flavor.

Thickener– I need my sauce to stick to my wings. The thickener gives the sauce some extra body to hold onto the wings.

How to make buffalo wing sauce:

spices added to butter in a saucepan

Start by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the spices followed by the hot sauce and whisk until smooth.

cornstarch added to buffalo sauce

Pour in vinegar and dissolved cornstarch and whisk again. Allow the sauce to bubble for 3-4 minutes over medium-low heat. The sauce should be a little glossy and only slightly thick.

Tip: To use the sauce after refrigeration, heat the needed amount on the stovetop in a saucepan or in a safe container in the microwave. This will melt the solidified butter in the sauce and allow it to cling to the wings.

Recipes to serve with buffalo sauce:

a spoon coat tested with buffalo sauce

Chicken Wings are what this sauce was created for. Try my recipes for the best Oven-Baked Crispy Chicken Wings to coat with a hefty dose of this easy buffalo wing sauce. Be sure to whip up a batch of creamy Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing or Classic Blue Cheese Dip.

15 recipes using buffalo sauce that aren’t wings!

crispy oven baked wings in easy buffalo wing sauce

I’m sharing a few recipes from my blogger friends that would be amazing using this sauce. Simply replace the store-bought buffalo sauce with this recipe!

These Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Nachos are guaranteed to be a show-stopper! This recipe comes loaded with deliciously spicy buffalo shredded chicken, spinach, arugula, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños, and cheese over crispy organic tortilla chips.
Get the recipe here.  

Spice up taco night with these buffalo chicken tacos! Lightly pan-fried for a crisp coating and tossed with buffalo sauce, you’ll be wondering where these have been all your life!
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Smoky Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas are the REAL DEAL!
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This Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole recipe is the perfect dish for dinner! Your favorite tater tot casserole recipe and buffalo chicken recipe combined! 
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Instant Pot Low-Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup with Crumbled Blue Cheese can warm up your tummy when the weather is cold! 
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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pasta made lighter and ready in 30 minutes, using pasta, shredded chicken, cauliflower and buffalo sauce. This light healthy buffalo chicken pasta is perfect for hectic weeknights, lazy brunches or just a date for two.
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After trying this Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, you’ll want to add it to your menu roundup every week! For real. It’s flavourful, easy and a healthier lower carb option!
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Small Bites

These Cheesy Crispy Smashed Potatoes are topped with buffalo sauce and make the perfect side dish to any meal!
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This Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring is only five ingredients and is sure to impress a crowd! 
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Buffalo Shrimp Bites are tasty party nibbles, that are as good to eat as they are pretty to look at. Top with crusted nacho chops for extra crunch! 
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An experiment turned new favorite pizza is this Buffalo Chicken Meatball Deep Dish Pizza. 
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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks weight watchers appetizer made with shredded buffalo chicken mixture added to celery sticks.
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Craving Buffalo wings but looking for something a little healthier? Or just love the flavor of buffalo wings? This hummus recipe is for you!
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These Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls come together quickly and taste amazing! An easy recipe to adapt, you can make these in an air fryer, baked or deep-fried. 
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These mini baked pork meatballs make for a delicious and easy make-ahead appetizer. Pineapple is combined with ground pork and smothered in buffalo sauce.
Get the recipe here. 


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***This recipe was updated 1/1/20 for correction and added content. It was first published on 9/23/17. ***

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Easy Buffalo Wing Sauce

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Easy Buffalo Wing Sauce—a rich and spicy dipping sauce perfect for chicken wings, pizza, dips, and so much more.
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:10 mins


  • 1 1/2 c hot sauce favorite brand
  • 1/4 c seasoned rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolve in 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne more or less as desired


  • In a saucepan over medium melt butter then add the spices and hot sauce whisk until smooth. Pour in vinegar and dissolved cornstarch and whisk again.
  • Allow the sauce to bubble for 3-4 minutes over medium-low heat. The sauce should be a little glossy and only slightly thick.


Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bar food, buffalo wings, sauce, spicy
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 23kcal
Author: Ty

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