Copycat Pizza Hut Buffalo Wings Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published September 7, 2020
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As we all know, buffalos are the last species we’d expect to sprout wings. So, how on earth was buffalo wings invented? While the true origin remains a history, a popular legend goes that back in 1964, a bar owner by the name of Teressa Bellissimo had a genius idea when she didn’t want leftovers to go to waste. When there were leftover chicken wings, she decided to cook them in hot sauce for her kids as a late-night snack. Lo and behold, the buffalo wings were born.
If you are wondering where the name came from, the name actually came from its place of origin; Buffalo, New York City. Though the wings came from Buffalo, after putting it up in their menu, the wings became a popular dish all across the States. Ever since then, fast food joints such as Pizza Hut have come up with their own version of the spicy wings. So, for this recipe, we’ll be teaching you the sought-after Copycat Pizza Hut Buffalo Wings. 
We’re using Frank’s Red Hot original cayenne pepper sauce to bring out a hot yet spicy kick of buffalo wings. It’s baked in the oven, as compared to the usual fried method, for a crisp, caramelized skin. Now, don’t be confused with chicken and buffalo wings. The difference between the two comes in their size. Chicken wings use the entire wing from the joint to the tip of the wings while buffalo wings are smaller parts of the chicken wing (flat or drumette). And in this recipe, you’ll be getting a bucketful of these mouth-watering buffalo wings all to yourself or to share with the family. It’s a classic dish to have for game days or movie nights with your friends. 
This buffalo wing dish is quick and easy to make. A way to make this even better is by pairing it with our scrumptious Copycat TGI Friday’s Onion Rings recipe. You can lean back on the couch and play your favorite show with both of these on hand. So, let’s complete your day with some delicious buffalo wings! 

How To Make Copycat Pizza Hut Buffalo Wings

These mildly hot buffalo wings are just the perfect companion for staying in. A quick and easy recipe that will have you thinking twice about ordering take out.

  • ¼ cup hot sauce (preferably Frank's Red Hot original cayenne pepper sauce)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp garlic salt
  • 3 lbs chicken wings (thawed and patted dry)
  • spring onions (for garnish)
  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Combine water, hot sauce, butter, brown sugar, paprika, vinegar and, garlic salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

  3. Add the chicken wings into the bowl and toss to coat evenly.

  4. Prepare a foil-lined roasting tray, & arrange the coated chicken wings evenly. You can also use a non-stick tray for roasting.

  5. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until crispy and juices run clear.

  6. Garnish with chives and enjoy!

 

How To Make Copycat Pizza Hut Buffalo Wings

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These mildly hot buffalo wings are just the perfect companion for staying in. A quick and easy recipe that will have you thinking twice about ordering take out.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup hot sauce, preferably Frank's Red Hot original cayenne pepper sauce
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • tsp garlic salt
  • 3 lbs chicken wings, thawed and patted dry
  • spring onions, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Combine water, hot sauce, butter, brown sugar, paprika, vinegar and, garlic salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

  3. Add the chicken wings into the bowl and toss to coat evenly.

  4. Prepare a foil-lined roasting tray, & arrange the coated chicken wings evenly. You can also use a non-stick tray for roasting.

  5. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until crispy and juices run clear.

  6. Garnish with chives and enjoy!

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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 25mg
  • Calories: 520kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 172mg
  • Fat: 41g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 325mg
  • Protein: 34g
  • Saturated Fat: 16g
  • Sodium: 607mg
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 1018IU
  • Vitamin C: 13mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What if I don’t have garlic salt on hand? How do I make my own garlic salt?

Garlic salt is easy to make since you already have the needed ingredients in your kitchen. Just remember the general rule for making garlic salt — 3 parts salt to 1 part garlic powder. So if you use 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, you will be using 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to combine. Then simply store it in an air-tight container. Your homemade garlic salt will be able to last for about a year.

Can I deep-fry this buffalo wings recipe?

Of course! Preheat your pot to 375 degrees F and use at least 4 cups of oil to submerge the wings. Deep-fry them for 10 to 15 minutes or until it reaches your desired crispiness. Baking buffalo wings caramelizes the skin and renders fat for a moist result, while deep-frying them helps you achieve a crisp texture.

How can I reheat buffalo wings?

The best way to reheat buffalo wings is by using an oven. It maintains the crisp exterior and juicy meat. All you have to do is line the wings in a baking sheet and set your oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the wings for six minutes on each side and voila! You’re left with a warm plate of delicious buffalo wings.

hot buffalo wings

Conclusion

Reward yourself with all-you-can-eat wings without the trouble of making a mess. Coated with tangy and spicy marinade, these buffalo wings will have you craving for days. This recipe is a brilliant copycat of the Pizza Hut buffalo wings which saves you the trip and the money.

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