Crispy Oven Roasted Buffalo Chicken

It’s like buffalo wings but with whole chicken pieces.

4 servings

Time: 4 hrs 50 mins

Ethan ChlebowskiBy Ethan Chlebowski

You can make deliciously crisp buffalo wings in the oven, but you know what I think might be better? Crispy Whole chicken pieces.

It's the same crispy skin, but more meat that's way juicier.

Smother them in some buffalo sauce & blue cheese dip and you have something special.

Ethan Chlebowski

Ethan Chlebowski



  • Chicken components

    • chicken
      , air-chilled
      1 whole
    • salt
    • baking powder
    • corn starch
  • Buffalo sauce

    • butter
      1 part40 g
    • hot sauce
      1 part40 g
    • garlic powder
      a sprinkle
    • black pepper
      a spoonful
  • Blue cheese dressing

    • mayonnaise
      30 g~1 part
    • sour cream
      30 g~1 part
    • blue cheese
      20 g~1 part
    • milk
      , or water
      15 ga splash
    • worcestershire sauce
      10 ga splash
    • garlic powder
      5 ga spoonful
    • lemon juice
      1/2 lemon
    • salt
      to taste
    • black pepper
      to taste


Step 1: Separate the chicken

First, break down the whole chicken into 10 pieces. Use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry and remove any excess moisture.

  • Note: Save the backbone for making chicken stock later.

Next, place a large bowl on a scale, add the chicken pieces, and take note of the weight. Then, add 1% by weight of salt, baking powder, and corn starch to the chicken. Toss the chicken pieces in this mixture until they are evenly coated.

  • Example: If the chicken pieces weigh 1000 g, add 10 g each of salt, baking powder, and corn starch.

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Arrange the chicken pieces on the rack and place it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. For the best results, let it air dry and for at least 4 hours, or up to 24.

Step 2: Roast the chicken

When ready to roast, preheat the oven to 450° F/232° C.

Remove the chicken from the fridge. If there are any visible water droplets on the chicken's exterior, gently blot them off with a paper towel.

Place the chicken in the oven and for 20 to 25 minutes. During this time, the skin should start to render, crisp up, and brown. Rotate the chicken wings and drumsticks to ensure even browning. Continue to bake the chicken for another 15 to 25 minutes, or until it's evenly browned and crispy.

While the chicken is baking, you can prepare the buffalo sauce and dipping sauces.

Step 3: Make the sauces

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Once melted, add the hot sauce of your choice, the garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir until the sauce is cohesive and and then take it off the heat. Place in a bowl until ready to serve.

Add all the blue cheese components to a bowl and whisk together. Thin out with milk or water if needed. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as you see fit. Place in a bowl until ready to serve.

Step 4: Coat the chicken & serve

Once the chicken is done, add it to a large bowl. Spoon the buffalo sauce over top and toss so it is evenly coated on the exterior.

Serve immediately (so the skin doesn't go soggy) with the blue cheese dressing or your dipping sauce of choice. Enjoy.



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