Buffalo Wild Wings: Parmesan Garlic Sauce (But Better!)

If you’re a fan of Buffalo Wild Wings, then you know that their Parmesan garlic sauce is to die for. But what if we told you that you could make an even better version at home? Well, you can, and we’re here to help.

This article presents a perfect (maybe even better!) copycat recipe for making your own Parmesan Garlic Wings from B-Dubs.

First, here are some general tips for making the perfect chicken wing.

5 Tips for Making Perfect Chicken Wings

If you’ve never made chicken wings before, or even if you’re a seasoned vet, there is an art and a science to it worth discussing. While tastebuds vary, the perfect wing is generally considered crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Here’s how to achieve the perfect wing:

1. Choose Quality Chicken

Not all chicken wings are created equal. And while you can settle for cheaper quality meat, if you want something truly delicious, it’s essential to select better ingredients from the start. The size of the wing also matters. If you choose larger wings, they’ll take longer to cook and may not crisp up as well as smaller ones.

2. Prep the Sauce Beforehand

The recipe below calls for leaving the sauce in the fridge overnight. But, any sauce you make for wings, you want to prepare ahead of time. This is because the best time to coat the wings in the sauce is immediately after they come out of the oven or the fryer. This is when the pores of the meat are open and able to absorb the sauce the best.

3. Pat Wings Dry Before Cooking

If you want to marinate your wings in sweat tea or buttermilk ahead of time, that’s totally fine and will likely lead to even better tasting wings. But, before you season and cook them, you should pat them dry with paper towels. Even if you don’t marinate them, you should still make sure they are completely dry before cooking.

4. Don’t Overcrowd the Pan, Pot, or Grill

Whether frying, grilling, or baking, each wing should have space on all sides. This allows airflow and leads to a crispier wing. If you stack them against or on top of each other, you will steam the wings instead, leading to a soggy and sad wing.

5. Use a Wire Rack When Cooking

Placing wings in a cooking pan doesn’t allow consistent airflow to reach all sides of the wings. Instead, use a wire rack (set inside the pan to catch the drippings). Even if you’re grilling or frying, it’s best to put them on a wire rack to cool after cooking.

Now that you know how to make perfect chicken wings let’s get to the recipe!

Buffalo Wild Wings-Esque Garlic Parmesan Wings Recipe

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. Here is the recipe to make your own B-Dubs-like Garlic Parmesan Wings.


4 garlic cloves, peeled

1⁄2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon olive oil

5 teaspoons parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1⁄4 teaspoon dried marjoram

1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano

1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme

1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Roast the fresh garlic by tossing them in oil and placing them in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the garlic turns light brown and softens. Cool the garlic, then finely mince with a sharp knife or press.
  3. Take the remaining ingredients and garlic and stir them together in a bowl until smooth and well-combined.
  4. Cover and chill in the fridge overnight.
  5. Before using the sauce on your wings, leave it out at room temperature for about an hour. When you’re ready to use the sauce, pour about 1/4 cup for every 12 cooked wings. This recipe makes about 3/4 cup of sauce, enough to coat about three dozen wings (just about four pounds depending on size).

To keep your wings crispy, even after tossing them in sauce, try tossing the wings immediately after the wings are cooked.

Also, if you put the wings on the sauce before cooking, you run the risk of burning the parmesan and garlic, turning the wings bitter.


This sauce goes great with chicken wings but also with tenders, nuggets, and even as a pasta sauce or topping for fries! Simply adjust the ingredients for the amount of sauce you need.

So, what do you think? Are they as good as or better than Buffalo Wild Wings? Let us know in the comments.

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