It was in the early spring in 1964 when Teressa Bellissimo, owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo accidentally created the chicken wing, but not until 1977 that they would gain national fame. The world came to know of the chicken wing after the mayor of Buffalo at the time, Stan Makowski, proclaimed that July 29th should be celebrated as National Chicken Wing Day.

Chicken wings are a staple in our house. We have a family wing night once a month where we make our own wings- not only because it’s cheaper than going out, but because it allows us to spend time together trying out new flavor combinations. My husband and I have spent countless hours perfecting our wings and this is hands down, our favorite sauce recipe. If you're looking for a way to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day (which is this Saturday), give our sauce recipe a try and let us know what you think!

Traci Taylor

Ingredients:
2 cups canola oil
2pounds chicken wings
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter
Hot Sauce (have fun by trying different flavors of hot sauce, or even BBQ sauce!)
2 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Directions:
Fry the wings naked (that means with no batter or breading) in the oil until they are golden. Or you can do what we do and use a deep fryer. We have an Air Fryer and tried making our wings that way, and while good, they just weren't the same. When we cook our wings in the deep fryer, we cook them for 13 minutes at 350 degrees because we like our wings to be extra crispy.

Traci Taylor

Once the wings have cooked, remove them and put them on a plate covered with a couple of layers of paper towels to drain the oil.  After the oil has drained, place the wings in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the hot sauce and vinegar.

How much hot sauce you add really depends on how hot you like your wings. There’s no way I can tell you how much to add because it’s totally a personal preference. My suggestion is to always start with less and then add more if you do the pinky taste test and your sauce isn't hot enough. For two tablespoons of butter, I would start with two tablespoons of hot sauce if you like your wings to be on the mild side. If you like them a little more on the hot side, go with a 2 to 1 ratio of hot sauce and if you like your wings to burn with every bite, then you want a 3 to 1 ratio. The best thing though is to let your taste buds be the judge. Once you've got the sauce as hot or not as you want, add them to the sauce and toss together with kitchen tongs.

Traci Taylor

Serve with carrots and celery if you’d like. And of course, lots of blue cheese for dunking!