Alton Brown's Buffalo Wings

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

Food Network's Alton Brown's recipe. You steam the chicken, then roast it. So the chicken stays moist and yet gets crispy from the roasting. DH goes crazy over this, he much prefers them to frying.


  1. Place a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1-inch of water in the bottom, over high heat, cover and bring into a boil.
  2. Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using a sharp kitchen knife, separate the wings at the joint. Place the wings in a steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan line with paper towels and place in the refrigerator until cold.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Replace the paper towels with parchment paper. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn and cook another 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. While chicken is cooking, melt the butter in a small bowl along with the garlic.
  7. Transfer to a large bowl and add hot sauce and salt. Stir to combine.
  8. Remove the wings from the oven and add to the bowl and toss with sauce.
  9. Serve with desired condiments ie Ranch, Bleu Cheese, etc.
Most Helpful

5 5

These really are delicious--moist and crispy!

OMG!!! The best wings ever. I can't believe how crispy and tender they were. I made three different sauces: hot, hotter, hottest!!! Something for everyone. Thanks Alton.

5 5

Absolutely perfect. I add honey to my buffalo sauce, but the cooking method for the chicken is fabulous.

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