Chicken wings used to be thrown out or used to make stock. But in 1964, Teressa Bellissimo, owner of Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, deep-fried some wings, bathed them in a spicy butter sauce, and served them to friends as a late-night snack.
And an American tradition was born.
Chick fil A Buffalo sauce is a delicious take on this classic sauce.
Its perfect blend of tangy spiciness has made it one of their most popular dipping sauces.
And now you don’t need to go to the restaurant to get your buffalo sauce fix.
I’ve put together a recipe that’s super easy to make at home while having all the great flavor of the original.
The melted butter smooths out the heat from the hot sauce making it the perfect addition to many of your favorite foods.
Plus, it’s easy to change or substitute ingredients to create new and exciting flavors.
Read on to learn how to make the best Chick fil A Buffalo sauce recipe, plus a few variations that might even be better than the original.
- 1 What Do You Need To Make Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce?
- 2 How To Make Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce
- 3 Other Things To Consider When Making Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce
- 4 Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce Recipe
What Do You Need To Make Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce?
I always recommend using unsalted butter when making sauces.
Unsalted butter has a higher fat content than salted butter: more fat means more flavor.
Intensifies the flavor. You can substitute garlic powder.
However, make sure you don’t use garlic salt, which will overpower your sauce.
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
Gives it that authentic buffalo sauce flavor.
However, you can also experiment with different hot sauces to change the taste of your sauce.
Also, you can reduce the amount of hot sauce for a milder buffalo sauce.
White Distilled Vinegar
Gives the sauce its tangy vinegar flavor.
Adds a touch of savory flavor.
Salt and Black Pepper
I recommend using coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Salt helps unlock the other flavors, but be sure you taste it, so you don’t over-season your sauce.
If you want an authentic Chick fil A Buffalo dipping sauce, you’ll need to add a little mayonnaise at the end.
Homemade mayo is always best for a richer, creamier flavor, but you can use your favorite store-bought brand.
- Cutting board and knife (to mince the garlic)
- Medium saucepan
- Stovetop or other heat source
How To Make Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce
Step One: First, peel and finely mince the garlic cloves.
Step Two: Then, melt ½ a stick of butter in a medium saucepan under low heat. Once melted, add the minced garlic and saute until the garlic is soft but not brown—just a couple of minutes.
Step Three: Next, add the remaining butter and melt under low heat.
Step Four: When the butter is melted, add the Frank’s Red Hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and white distilled vinegar to the saucepan.
Step Five: Heat the sauce under low heat while constantly stirring with the whisk.
You don’t want your sauce to come to a simmer, or the fats can break.
If it does come to a simmer, immediately remove it from the heat and whisk together all the ingredients.
Step Six: Stir until all the ingredients are well-mixed and the sauce has a reddish color.
Step Seven: Taste your sauce and adjust any ingredients until you reach your desired flavor.
Step Eight: Season with salt and pepper.
Step Nine: Allow your sauce to cool.
Note: to get a Chick fil A Buffalo sauce that has the same consistency as the original, add two to three tablespoons of mayonnaise and whisk until well-blended.
Other Things To Consider When Making Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce
You Can Customize Your Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce Recipe
With the addition of mayonnaise, this recipe will make an authentic-tasting Chick fil A Buffalo dipping sauce that rivals the original.
But don’t feel limited. Feel free to adjust or substitute any ingredients to suit your taste.
- For example, add sauteed onion or a teaspoon of onion powder to intensify the flavors.
- Add a tablespoon of dijon mustard for a tangy marinade that goes great with chicken.
- Or add fresh herbs, like thyme or oregano, for a richer flavor.
- Try some different hot sauces to change the spiciness of your buffalo sauce. Or use a pinch of cayenne pepper.
The options are only limited by your imagination.
So have fun with the recipe, and remember, the joy of cooking is discovering new and delicious flavors.
What Can I Eat With Chick Fil A Buffalo Sauce
This Chick fil A Buffalo sauce recipe makes a great dipping sauce for wings and chicken nuggets.
But with its perfect blend of tanginess and heat, it also goes great with many of your favorite dishes.
- Use it as a delicious spicy marinade for grilled chicken.
- Stir it into mac n’cheese for a quick and easy spicy side or main dish.
- Drizzle over popcorn for a great alternative to an old classic.
- Use it instead of mayonnaise to spice up your favorite sandwich.
- Replaces ketchup on burgers and dogs.
- Or mix with scrambled eggs for a spicy morning breakfast.
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- ½ cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon of white vinegar
- 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and finely mince the fresh garlic cloves.
- Melt ½ stick of butter in a medium saucepan and add the minced garlic. Saute the garlic under low heat until the garlic is soft but not brown—just a couple of minutes.
- Add the remaining butter to the saucepan and melt at low heat, stirring frequently.
- When the butter is melted, add the Frank's Red Hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and white distilled vinegar to the saucepan.
- Heat under low heat while constantly stirring with the whisk. You don't want the sauce to come to a simmer, or the fats will break. If it does simmer, immediately remove from the heat. Whisk until all the ingredients are well mixed and your sauce has a reddish color.
- Taste your sauce and adjust any of the ingredients to reach your desired flavor.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- (Optional) Allow to cool, then mix in 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise to get a sauce with the same consistency as the original dipping sauce.
- Serve warm, and enjoy!
- Looking to save time? Substitute ½ teaspoon of garlic powder for the fresh garlic.
- Saute ¼ of a yellow onion with the garlic for a more intense flavor.
- Want more heat? Add a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper.
- Add a teaspoon of dijon mustard for a tangier buffalo sauce that makes a fantastic marinade for chicken.
- Substitute red wine or apple cider vinegar for the white to change up the tangy flavor.
- Add one teaspoon of smoked paprika or a few drops of liquid smoke for a delicious smoky buffalo sauce.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32Total Fat: 3gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 485mgCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.2g
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