What makes buffalo wings different? (With free personal recipe)

There’s something about buffalo chicken wings that makes them irresistible. The perfect combination of spicy and savory, they’re the perfect appetizer or main course for any occasion. Wings are easy to make at home, and there are endless variations on the classic recipe.

Buffalo wings are a popular appetizer or main course in the United States. What makes it different is the roots of its origin and the story behind this popular finger food.

In this article, you will learn all the versions of the origin of buffalo wings, plus a personal recipe you can try at home and enjoy with your family and friends.

What makes buffalo wings different?

Buffalo wings are different from other chicken recipes because of their “hot and spicy” history of their origins.

Chicken buffalo wings are among the most popular finger foods we can order and eat in restaurants and fast-food chains.

It’s deep-fried chicken wings with hot and spicy sauce coating often enjoyed as it is or with sides like celery and blue cheese.

You can pair it with beer or any beverages you want to.

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The history of chicken buffalo wings has different versions which are genuinely “hot and spicy” as it tastes.

Here are 3 versions of buffalo wings making it different from other chicken recipes.

1. John Young of Wings and Things

John Young is an African American man raised in Alabama then moved to Buffalo, New York, to work as a teenager.

There he worked until he got the chance to open a business of his own, Wings N’ Things.

Wings N’ Things sold whole crispy chicken wings with his recipe of mambo sauce (sometimes called mumbo or mombo sauce). His mambo sauce becomes a hit, and many customers fall in line to get one.

However, he had to close his store in 1967 because of race riots for his safety.

Mambo sauce has a similarity to that of a barbecue sauce, but it’s a tomato-based sauce that is more tangy, sweet and has a spicy kick to it.

Here’s a video interview of John Young’s family about their story of the origin of buffalo wings.

2. Teressa Bellissimo of Anchor Bar

Teressa Bellissimo is an Italian woman who created buffalo chicken wings for his son’s friends.

There are two versions of her story.

She created the said recipe because of the wrong delivery of chicken parts they bought for their restaurant. So, instead of getting other chicken parts, they were given chicken wings instead.

So, instead of putting those to waste, she decided to fry it up and mix a special spicy sauce with it, then added celery and blue cheese on the sides to make balance.

On the other hand, her son Dominic Bellissimo said that his friends were at their place and asked his mom to create something for them right on the spot.

So her mom created the buffalo wings out of the things she had left in her kitchen.

The bottom line of Teressa Bellissimo’s story is that what she made became a hit in their restaurant and started selling it in their main course.

You can check their website to order their buffalo wings: https://anchorbar.com/.

3. Robert Reinhart of Pavillion Wings

Last but not least is Robert Reinhart’s story of buffalo wings.

This is the most recent story on how the chicken buffalo wings came about.

According to Thomas Snyder, his grandfather, Robert Reinhart, made the recipe for buffalo wings sauce.

He said that the recipe was given to the Bellissimo by his grandfather’s friend, who happens to be a friend of the Bellissimo.

The history of buffalo wings is indeed a “hot” discussion over the internet.

I don’t know about you, but for me, I don’t mind who created the recipe first, but instead, I admire how all of those mentioned people have a creative mind to cook something delicious for a chicken part that was known to be useless before.

What exactly are buffalo wings?

Buffalo wings are crispy chicken wings cooked deep-fried or baked and then covered with a hot sauce and butter mixture. Buffalo animals don’t have wings, so it has nothing to do with it.

You can see different buffalo wings sauce recipes, but I’d instead create one that suits my taste buds more than anything else.

My chicken buffalo wings are simple yet may be complicated on your part because I don’t have an exact measure to create them.

I rely on my taste buds to know if the flavor is right.

Here is my version of chicken buffalo wings:

  1. Chicken wings
  2. Corn starch
  3. Hot sauce (any brand will do)
  4. Butter
  5. Brown sugar
  6. A dash of pepper and salt
  7. Lemon juice
  8. Red chilli peppers, chopped

First, put your chicken wings in cold running water three times and dry them using paper towels.

Next, season your chicken wings with a dash of salt and pepper, then coat them with corn starch.

Then, heat your pan and put on your cooking oil (I prefer coconut oil when frying them to give a nutty flavor).

When the oil is hot enough, deep fry your chicken wings until golden brown.

If you don’t want to fry them, you can use your air fryer or bake them in the oven for 30-40 mins until brown and crispy.

The next stop is the sauce.

Heat your pan and put butter on it. Next, add your hot sauce, brown sugar, a dash of pepper, and chopped red chillis when melted.

Mix them well for 3-5 mins.

Lastly, turn off the fire, add a bit of lemon juice, and then mix well.

Please wait for it to cool down a bit before mixing it with your chicken wings, or you may serve it as a dip instead.

I apologize if I can’t give you an exact measurement of my recipe because I do it according to my feeling and taste.

So, every time I cook it, it always feels like it’s the first time.

However, you can experiment with it at home until the taste seems perfect for your taste buds of buffalo wings.

Why is it called buffalo wings?

Buffalo wings got its name from the place where it was first invented, Buffalo, New York.

But its popularity spiked when the football team Buffalo bills endorsed it in the Super Bowl.

The buffalo animal has nothing to do with its name because it doesn’t have any wings at all, right?

A buffalo with no wings

When were buffalo wings created?

Many claims said buffalo wings started in 1964, but others said it started as early as the 1950s.

As mentioned earlier, there are three versions of buffalo wings’ origin, and all of them started in different years.

The most popular one was the story of Teressa Bellissimo, which started in the year 1964.

Next is the story of John Young, which started anywhere in the year 1960 or earlier.

And lastly, the story of Robert Reinhart started in the 1950s or so.

Now, it’s in your hands to what and to whom to believe have started chicken buffalo wings.


Buffalo chicken wings are a delicious and versatile dish that people of all ages enjoy. They are perfect for game day parties, as well as for everyday meals.

So next time you are looking for a tasty and satisfying dish to prepare, be sure to give buffalo chicken wings a try!

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