Frugal Buffalo Chicken Wings

Before we jump into the recipe, let’s jump back into time to when buffalo wings were created.

You may be wondering why they are called “buffalo” wings. Buffalos don’t fly, right?

These party and dinner favorites are actually named after the city in which they were reportedly created – Buffalo, New York.

If simple chicken recipes were administered birth certificates, the certificate for the buffalo chicken wing recipe would read as follows:

Birthdate: October 30, 1964

Birthplace: Buffalo New York

Mother: Teressa Bellissimo

The story is that Bellissimo, owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo was trying to figure out the age old question that mothers of boys will eventually face: what to feed her son and his friends as a late night snack. She happened to have extra chicken wings on hand, so she concocted a sauce that was a blend of butter and spicy chilies, tossed the wings in the sauce, and then fried them up. She paired them with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks to help mollify the heat from the sauce. As you can guess, they were a success. The rest is culinary history.

Ok, so now we get down to the meat of this page – a buffalo chicken wing recipe that is not only tasty, but frugal. Look no further for this most simple of simple chicken wing recipes.

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of flour (all-purpose)
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • Oil
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ½ cup of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

What to Do

Mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Toss the chicken wings in the mixture until they are evenly coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 60 minutes.

Heat oil in a large pan or deep fryer to 375 degrees. There should be enough oil to cover the wings  in full.

In a small saucepan, mix the butter, hot sauce, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat on low and stir until the butter melts and the mixture is blended well. Remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside.

Fry the wings in the heated oil  until it begins to brown (10 to 15 minutes).  Remove from heat and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the hot sauce mixture and toss the wings in it to coat them .

Serve with celery wings and blue cheese dressing (optional). Enjoy!

This is just one buffalo chicken wing recipe.
What is your favorite simple chicken recipe?




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5 Ways to Use Leftover Shredded Chicken

Looking for shredded chicken recipes to utilize your leftover shredded chicken? Look no further. Below you will find 5 shredded chicken recipes that are tasty, frugal, and simple to prepare. Bon appétit!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #1: BBQ Chicken Wraps

This quick and easy recipe utilizes a few ingredients (most of which are probably in your kitchen now).

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • BBQ sauce to taste
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • Tortillas
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 cup of coleslaw (optional)

What You Will Do

  1. In a saucepan add your chicken, bbq sauce (enough to blend well) and bacon) and heat through
  2. Heat your tortillas according to the instructions on the bag if you prefer them hot.
  3. Spoon some of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla
  4. Add some coleslaw to the chicken mixture
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Fold the bottom of each tortilla and the fold over the sides.
  7. Enjoy!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #2: Chicken Salad

This next frugal recipe will utilize leftover shredded chicken to yield a yummy chicken salad that you can eat on a sandwich, with crackers, or even on top of a garden salad.

What You Will Need

  • 4 cups of shredded chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 4 whole dill pickles, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What You Will Do

  1. In a bowl, combine the chicken, the pickles, the mayonnaise, and the mustard. Blend well.
  2.  Add salt and pepper to taste. You may want to use more mayonnaise. It’s up to you!
  3. Refrigerate for about an hour and enjoy! As I mentioned earlier, chicken salad tastes great on sandwiches, on a fresh salad, or even just with crackers.

Shredded Chicken Recipes #3: Chicken & Cheese Flautas

Flautas are a Spanish dish named as such because the shape is similar to a flauta (Spanish for ‘flute’). They are quick and easy to prepare with the added bonus of being frugal as you probably already have most of the ingredients at home.

What You Will Need

  • 6 tortillas
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded chicken
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Salsa
  • 4 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • Toppings (sour cream, guacamole, etc.)

What You Will Do

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, the shredded cheese, and the ground cumin.
  2. Place some of the chicken mixture on each tortilla and top with a tablespoon of salsa for each one
  3. Roll the tortillas tightly and use a toothpick to secure it. Brush each one with oil.
  4. Cook over medium heat in a skillet for about 5 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the tortillas are browned and crispy.
  5. Remove the toothpicks and serve with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #4: Chicken Macaroni Bake

This next leftover shredded chicken recipe is both family friendly and wallet-friendly.

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 10 oz can of crème of chicken soup
  • ½ cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 2 cups of cooked macaroni noodles

What You Will Do

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
  2. In a pan melt your butter and then sauté the onions until they are browned.
  3. Add the cream of chicken soup, the chicken, the evaporated milk, and ¾ cup of cheese and heat this mixture until the cheese is melted.
  4. Pour this mixture over the cooked macaroni and then pour into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stic0k0 co0oking spray
  5. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cu
  6. P of shredded cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot. Enjoy!

Shredded Chicken Recipes #5: Shredded Chicken tacos

This next recipe utilizes leftover shredded chicken to make killer tacos.

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of shredded chicken
  • 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning, to taste
  • 10 taco shells
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Preferred toppings (sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese, etc.)

What You Will Do

  1.  In a skillet, add the chicken, the taco seasoning, and the water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
  3. Place some of the chicken mixture in each taco shell. Top with favorite toppings and enjoy!

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What are your favorite uses for leftover shredded chicken?

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Homemade Pancake Syrup – How to Make Maple Syrup

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in maple flavored syrup?  They’re kinda scary and don’t pass the 75% rule (if you can’t pronounce 75% of the ingredients, you don’t wanna eat it).  But more importantly, maple flavor syrup is expensive! The kids love pancakes, which are pretty frugal, but they go through WAY too much syrup.

So I decided to make my own homemade maple syrup, and I’m going to show you how to make maple syrup! Simple follow the step-by-step video below.

You’ll need sugar, water, and mapleine, which is an imitation maple flavor that you can buy in the extract section of the baking aisle.  This recipe that I show you in the video is taken right from the bottle.  It’s simple, and surprisingly good!

Simply boil the water and dissolve the sugar.  Once that is done, add your mapleine flavor.  We like to serve ours hot over pancakes, but you can cool it in the fridge first if you prefer cold pancake syrup.

One thing: make sure you wait until the syrup is completely cooled before you try to put it into a recycled syrup bottle.  I was rushing things trying to get this video recorded, and stupidly didn’t wait.  What you don’t see in the video is me dashing off quickly with the syrup bottle and throwing the whole batch down the drain! The bottle melted very quickly!

While this doesn’t taste as good as actual maple syrup, you know, the real stuff, not the flavored stuff in squeeze bottles, it is affordable, and is SO much better tasting than the flavored syrup most of us are used to!

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How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Have you ever had one of those “ah-ha!” moments?  Mine came this week when I discovered how to make homemade microwaved popcorn.

Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely HATE microwaved popcorn.  Whatever chemicals they put into those bags that reacts in the microwave with the kernels is nauseating to me.  My younger sister loves microwave popcorn, and when I was a kid, I was totally convinced that she only loved it because I hated it so much.  I would seriously have to leave the house whenever anyone cooked it!

Flash forward to modern times.  I rarely buy the stuff.  My kids like to have it on hand during movies, and they usually make it when Mom and Dad go out for a date night.  Last week, they made – and burned- a bag when I was home.  I was NOT happy.  The only thing worse than the smell of processed microwave popcorn is BURNED microwaved popcorn!

Now, we live in an RV, so space is at a premium.  I have tossed around the idea of buying a popcorn popper before, but we just don’t have room to store it, and I can’t see spending the money on yet another one-hit-wonder appliance.  So I searched for a solution.

I had heard of others microwaving their own popcorn, at substantial savings.  So I gave it a try:



I was SHOCKED not only from how simple and inexpensive the ingredients were, but also how easy it was to make! It tastes wonderful, and best of all – it smells like popcorn, not chemicals!  I encourage you to give it a try yourself.

Here’s a recap from the video in case you can’t play it right now.  You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels
  • A paper lunch bag

Put the kernels in the bag. Fold the bag over about a half inch twice. Put the bag in the microwave, folded side down. Pop on popcorn setting. Enjoy!

Tell me below your experiences with making homemade microwave popcorn:

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