What Are Buffalo Chicken Wings, Exactly?


Anchor Bar Wings
Anchor Bar’s Buffalo Wings

The ubiquitous bar snack and game day delight, Buffalo chicken wings are unbreaded chicken drums and flats that are deep fried and then tossed and coated in Frank’s RedHot, a spicy cayenne-based hot sauce, and served with creamy blue cheese dipping sauce and celery.


What are Buffalo Wings?

Buffalo Wings are chicken drumettes and flats that retain their skin but are not breaded. The juicy chicken pieces are deep fried and then coated in Buffalo Wing sauce, a buttery hot sauce, and served with blue cheese dressing and celery. The blue cheese dipping sauce and raw celery have a cooling effect and are a refreshing complement to the fiery Buffalo Wing sauce.

Duffs Famous Buffalo Wings
Duff’s Famous Buffalo Wings

Who Invented Buffalo Wings?

Like most iconic foods, there are several origin stories. Most folks attribute the invention of Buffalo Wings to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Sicilian immigrants Frank and Teressa Bellissimo opened Anchor Bar in 1935 and invented the Buffalo Wing in 1964.

After a long shift tending bar, Dominic Bellissimo, the owners’ son, and his friends were looking for the perfect finger food as they sat around the bar. Teressa, who had extra chicken wings in the back, deep fried the wings, tossed them in buttery cayenne pepper sauce and served them with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing and the rest is history. 

You don’t have to travel all the way to Buffalo, New York to try Buffalo Wings from Buffalo’s original wings inventor. Anchor Bar is shipping its famous Buffalo Chicken Wings nationwide on Goldbelly!

There are others who believe chicken wings are rooted in Southern BBQ. During the post-Civil War Great Migration, 6 million Black people from the South moved to cities in the North, including Chicago, and brought their culinary traditions with them. At the time, Chicago was America’s largest meatpacking hub, and chicken wings were discarded by slaughterhouses. The Southern tradition of frying up chicken wings became popular in the Windy City, particularly during Prohibition, where they were served at speakeasies. 

No matter who invented them, the savory finger food is a staple on sports bar menus across the U.S. Buffalo chicken wings are so popular there are many variations, including boneless Buffalo Wings, Buffalo chicken pizza, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and Buffalo chicken dip.

Anchor Bar Wing Sauce
Anchor Bar Wing Sauce Kit
La Nova Wing Sauces
La Nova Wing Sauce

Why is it Called Buffalo Sauce?

Named for Buffalo, New York, the city that many regard as the birthplace of Buffalo Wings, Buffalo Sauce is a red sauce that packs a bit of heat. Buffalo Sauce is a mix of cayenne pepper, butter, vinegar, garlic powder, salt, oil, and paprika. Most recipes use Frank’s RedHot, which was invented in New Iberia, Louisiana. Taste the tingly heat of Buffalo Wings and Sauce from Buffalo, New York’s La Nova without leaving your couch!

International Wings Factory Chicken Wings
International Wings Factory Chicken Wings

Why are Chicken Wings Called Buffalo Wings?

There are many kinds of chicken wings, including BBQ wings, Korean-style, and Thai-style, but Buffalo Wings refer to the orange hued wings that were invented in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo Wings are served with tangy blue cheese sauce and crisp, cold celery. 

Buffalo Wings should not be confused with hot wings, which are unbreaded deep fried chicken wings that are hot, hot, HOT! Hot wings are typically coated in a fiery chile pepper-based sauce and are not served with dipping sauce. Try Chef Michael White’s Calabrian Chili Hot Wings, which are shipping nationwide in time for game day.

Host a wing taste test with International Wings Factorys Chicken Wings, which includes your choice of mild, medium, or spicy Buffalo wings plus classic BBQ, black pepper teriyaki, Vietnamese chile mango, American Gold (mustard, honey, and spices), Mexy Q (BBQ sauce and a blend of Mexican chilies), and Soul Purifier (a blend of chilies, vinegar, cayenne, and margarine).

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Let Goldbelly be your wing man with the most legendary Buffalo Wings. Get ready for game night — or any night — with Goldbelly’s game day foods. Start your meal off right with hors d’oeuvres and party appetizers like chicken wings. Get saucy and bring on the heat with mild, medium, or hot sauces. Check out the best Game Day Food Sale now and have wings delivered nationwide!