Homemade Buffalo Sauce


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Homemade Buffalo Sauce is easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients! Pick your favorite hot sauce to make the wing sauce that’s best for you.

Homemade Buffalo Sauce in clear jar, white background with celery sticks Franks Red Hot and Wishbone Italian dressing

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

Depending on whether you’re a big Bills fan or not, Buffalo wings might be one of the best things to come out of western New York. Crispy chicken drums and flats tossed with a delicious blend of hot sauce and butter- what’s not to love there? The confusion comes from when you try to recreate a plate of wings at home.

Buffalo Sauce in a stainless pan with red and white checkered towel, celery and white background

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It doesn’t matter how crispy you get the chicken cooked, the sauce always seems to be the weak link. Chances are, it’s because you’re reaching for the pre-mixed stuff found on grocery store shelves. Go to any wing place: all the sauces are always mixed on location with actual butter- none of this “natural butter type flavor” nonsense! With that in mind, we came up with this recipe for wing’s sauce that’ll make an amazing “at-home wing night” a reality!

Spoon over top of clear jar with buffalo sauce.

This delicious homemade wing sauce is perfect for all sorts of recipes.
  • If frying’s not an option in your neck of the woods, our No Fry Buffalo Wings Recipe will help you get crispy wings without the oil.
  • You can use buffalo sauce on more than just wings- our Buffalo Chicken Strips are a great change-up from the usual flats or drums. Pair your strips with the included salad for a tasty little meal!
Of course, you can also just toss this sauce onto some deep fried or air fried chicken wings and enjoy it that way! However you use this recipe, we know you’ll love it!

Text on image Homemade Buffalo Sauce on white background

Ingredients for Wing Sauce

  • Hot Sauce – The classic pick here is Frank’s Red Hot. Feel free to reach for your favorite hot sauce.
  • Butter
  • Italian Dressing

Ingredients to make Buffalo Sauce

How to make our Buffalo Wing Sauce

Enough talk: here’s how to make some darn good wing sauce! First, get all of your ingredients out of the fridge if you’re keeping them in there. Then get some butter melting in the bottom of a sauce pot.

Melting butter in a stainless pot with white background includes red and white checkered towel.

Make sure the butter’s fully melted and plenty hot before you add in your next ingredients. If we keep everything hot while mixing our sauce, we’re going to ensure that the end product stays real smooth. Back to our butter: next, you’re going to add in your hot sauce.

Franks red Hot Sauce added to melted butter pan with a whisk white background and reed white checkered towel.

Let that mixture heat back up before adding in your Italian dressing.

Red measuring cup of Wishbone Italian Dressing added to Red Hot mixture. whisk in pan.

Briefly mix everything together before cutting the heat. From here, you could transfer your buffalo sauce over to a bowl to toss it with some wings.

Horizontal image of Buffalo Sauce on a spoon. Celery and towel in background.

You could also let it cool a little bit before transferring over to a jar or bottle for storage. If your container is air-tight, it should keep in the fridge for around a month- maybe longer if you use a vinegar-heavy hot sauce.

Wing with hot sauce with blue cheese dressing and celery in background

My sauce is too hot/not hot enough!

Finding the perfect heat for your wings can be a little tricky. Thankfully, the folks in Buffalo tend to follow a few simple rules to get the heat just right:
  • For a mild sauce, aim for a 3:1 ratio of butter to hot sauce.
  • A medium sauce will use about a 50/50 mix butter to hot sauce
  • Hot wings will usually use a 3:1 ratio of hot sauce to butter- the opposite of what they use for mild.
If your hot wings still aren’t hot enough, we’d recommend grabbing a hotter hot sauce. The butter in this recipe helps your sauce stick to the wings a bit better than straight hot sauce would.
5 from 1 vote

Buffalo Wing Sauce

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Homemade Buffalo Sauce is easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients! Pick your favorite hot sauce to make the wing sauce that's best for you.
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Batch


  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup melted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Wishbone Italian Salad Dressing


  • Melt butter in in a small saucepan.
  • Add hot sauce and whisk until combined.
  • Allow to heat up again before whisking in dressing.
  • Transfer sauce to a bowl.
  • Place wings in sauce and toss to coat.


Calories: 955kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 104g, Saturated Fat: 60g, Cholesterol: 244mg, Sodium: 8752mg, Potassium: 49mg, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 2836IU, Calcium: 27mg
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Long Pin with text on red banner Homemade Buffalo Sauce Just 3 Simple Ingredients

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  1. How much Wishbone Italian Salad Dressing do you add?
    The recipe states: “1/4 Wishbone Italian Salad Dressing”.

    1. Hi Frank! So very sorry that the Italian Dressing amount didn’t include the 1/2 cup measurement. I am getting it added right now. Thanks so much for letting me know.

      1. 5 stars
        Fixed this for lunch today.. It’s a keeper. The Wishbone Italian Salad Dressin made the difference, Your prompt reply is appreciated.