Basic Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

Basic Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

Delicious hot buffalo sauce from scratch! Easy and no unhealthy filler oils like the jar buffalo sauce you find in the store.

This recipe includes xanthan gum to make the sauce extra thick. If you prefer a more traditional, thinner wing sauce, just leave that out.

Course Main Course, sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 30 wings
Calories 29 kcal
Author Cheryl McColgan


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 medium jalapeno diced
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 small lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum


  1. Over medium heat in a large saucepan, add half of the butter and melt.

  2. Add garlic and onion, saute for about 3 minutes.

  3. Mix in jalapeno and saute for about 2 minutes.

  4. Add the rest of remaining ingredients except the xanthan gum. 

  5. Cook sauce for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

  6. Transfer sauce to a blender or use and immersion blender until sauce is smooth.

  7. Take a quarter cup of the sauce out and blend in xanthan gum until smooth.

  8. Place all of the sauce including the xanthan gum mixuture back in the pan and cook over medium until sauce is thickened.

  9. Toss cooked wings in the sauce and enjoy immediately or place wings back in the oven with sauce for about 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Caloric information is for the sauce only, doesn't include the wings. If you're like me, you might put this sauce on anything, not just wings!

Nutrition Facts
Basic Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 wing)
Calories 29 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 192mg8%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.