It’s been no big secret that the price of chicken wings has skyrocketed in recent years. Data from the USDA’s most recent chicken market report shows that in just the past week, the prices for wings and party wings jumped by 33 cents and 25 cents per pound, respectively.
Wing chains have been working around these price spikes, mainly by heavy promotion of boneless wings, which can be made using other parts of the chicken. Wingstop, however, appears to be testing and marketing a whole new cut: bone-in thighs.
Available in any of the chain’s 11 signature flavors, the bone-in thighs are fried just like regular wings would be cooked. Thighs are often considered one of the more tender, juicy parts of the bird when cooked perfectly, since they have more fat than white meat.
Wingstop started testing bone-in thighs a couple of weeks ago, telling Foodbeast that they were available in seven different test markets. Foodbeast was able to independently confirm that these markets include the following locations:
El Paso, Texas
Las Vegas, Nevada
St. Louis, Missouri
Wingstop is having this test be a part of their “whole bird strategy,” with the goal being to “utilize more parts of the chicken and increase the amount of contract-based purchases,” according to a Wingstop representative. This should theoretically help control the price range of chicken the chain is selling.
For those interested in trying the bone-in thighs in the test markets, they’re available in a bunch of different orders. There’s a 2-piece or 5-piece set, along with combos that include thighs, wings, fries or veggie sticks, and a drink. The largest of these bundles includes 10 thighs, 10 classic wings, and 10 boneless wings.
As for a national release, Wingstop hopes to have more information on how successful their test run was early next year.
Served in a box of five with a side of Spicy Ranch to dip into, these wings came in at a cost of $4.99 each. These weren’t boneless wings, either: as you can see in the above clip, Elie was able to get all of the meat off the bones in one single bite, choosing from a selection of drums and flats.
He told me that the wings themselves were “very crispy,” and had a mild Taco Bell seasoning flavor to them. “I would have loved something like their Volcano Sauce mixed with the ranch, or the Volcano Sauce on its own,” he mentioned.
Still, to him, “Taco Bell nailed it on what they’re good at, textures. The flats did what they needed, the drums were crispy, had a fair amount of meat.”
Elie also recommended adding some packets of Fire or Diablo sauce to your order if you want to turn up the heat on this chicken. Combining the hot sauce, ranch, and wings together were the best bites he had, in his opinion.
We’re naturally curious to learn more about these wings, so we’ve reached out to Taco Bell to get a deeper insight on this possible test item. They’re not sharing too much as of yet, saying that “We’re always innovating and listening to our fans, and chicken is just one category that we’re excited to explore further and put our Taco Bell spin on.”
It also seems that Taco Bell is ramping up their food innovation efforts, according to a recent article from Forbes, with chicken as a key focus, so there’s a good chance we’re gonna see some more exciting items come from them in the near future.
For those looking to try the Crispy Chicken Wings in the meantime, the location we found them is at 131 E. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton.
A few months back, there were times when I would eat wings two or three times a week either after work or during lunch. Being at home these days, frequenting wing bars isn’t as easy as it used to be. That, however, hasn’t stopped me from finding alternatives to enjoying wings at home.
That’s because Red Robin Catering is offering a massive box of wings that you can order for the family, that comes with their own sauces, dips, and sides.
Each Big Red Box of Gourmet Wings & Sides come with 50 juicy bone-in chicken wings. While naked wings are delicious, it wouldn’t be considered a wing bar without your choice of sauces and the build-your-own box includes the chain’s signature Buzzard Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, and Whiskey River BBQ.
Finally, because no wing experience is complete without dipping sauces and sides, guests will also have sides of Ranch and Bleu cheese to dunk their wings into and some carrot sticks.
Wing lovers can get their hands on this box through the Red Robin site. Each package is about $50, serves 10 people, and is available at all participating Red Robin locations.
Most Valentine’s Days spent single are passed in a concentrated effort to forget your ex but, on this year’s Valentine’s Day, Hooters is asking for your remembrance of what was.
On February 14th, during the yearly reminder of our societal obligation to companionship, Hooters is offering up the chance to get 10 free boneless wings. The only condition is you must bring in a picture of your former significant other to be shredded, because people still shred pictures like it’s a mid-2000’s lowbrow romcom, evidently.
But, if you’re living in 2020 like the rest of us, and your photo library is on your phone or computer, you can digitally shred your ex as well. You’ll be presented with a voucher you can use to redeem your chicken nuggets — er, boneless wings, excuse me.
Unfortunately, a rather difficult dilemma faces you after your former flame has been extinguished and 10 boneless wings are in your possession: Do you squad up with all the other people who decided to go to Hooters on Valentine’s Day or do you go home and eat your Hooters wings alone while solemnly curled up on the couch? Both are equally as existential crisis triggering but, hey, at least you’ll have ten free wings, right?
KFC made some noise earlier this summer when it announced it would introduce plant-based wings with Beyond Meat, but now their actual chicken wings are making a bit of noise, albeit not quite as loudly.
KFC is introducing a new set of fully sauced, bone-in wings to its menu, which should make sports fans happy.
While they’ve had variations of wings in the past, including a spicy dry rub and even Honey BBQ, those come and go as limited time offers.
This is their first stab at a true saucy wing lineup, and the three flavors they are debuting are Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot.
It may as well be a crime to serve chicken wings without ranch dressing. The veggie sticks come and go, but the ranch stays. Order chicken wings at any diner, dive bar, or bowling alley in America and you’ll more than likely find yourself face to face with a trusty side of ranch. That is, unless you’re going to Oakland’s Dragon Gate Bar & Grille where, in honor of the Coast 2 Coast Ranch tour, presented by Hidden Valley ® Ranch, they’ve created a Chinese-style chicken wing that’s pre-ranched, if you will, with ranch seasoning.
By using the new Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning shaker to add to their signature 5 spice blend, Dragon Gate is giving the traditional Chinese chicken wing an American spin.
Now you can enjoy those juicy, crispy wings dipped in ranch, elevated with even more ranch flavor. If you’re still feeling saucy, there’s a spicy Hidden Valley Original Restaurant Ranch sauce available for dipping.
Dragon Gate will be serving another ranch-themed dish during September, as well. Their Hidden Valley Ranch Cold Noodles feature egg noodles, julienned cucumber, carrots, tamago, green onions, sweet corn kernels, and shrimp. This lovely mix is then tossed in Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning and fish sauce to round out a winning fusion of flavors.
If either of these original, ranched-up dishes grab your palate’s attention, you can feast on them all September long, as the Hidden Valley Coast 2 Coast Ranch Tour runs its course. And, if you want more ranch in your life, check out foodbeast.com/ranch for more locations on the tour.
Los Angeles is going to a have a chicken wing festival. Writing that out seems like a dream to me — I, connoisseur of any fried bird, one who considers fried chicken as the only food group that matters. But here I am drooling at the prospect of filling myself to level ten out of ten on the full as f*ck scale on glorious, crispy, crunchy, sauced up chicken wings. And what’s even better is that said wing fest is equipping patrons with their own bucket to fill up with as much wings as they can fit.
Yes, this all you can eat chicken wing festival, aptly named Wing Fest, is coming to bless Angelenos’ wing lovin’ hearts on July 29 AKA National Chicken Wing Day at Mel’s Drive-In on Sunset Boulevard. And it’s all courtesy of Lawrence Longo of Off The Menu, who has switched his focus from eating a burger everyday to chicken wings. What fans can expect is a lineup of the best of the best: Pizzeria Mozza’s wings Alla diovola, Button Mash’s double fried sweet and spicy wings, The Greyhound’s sweet cherry BBQ wings, Banh Oui’s Vietnamese-style wing, Chef Kang Food Rehab’s Korean-style wings, and even Anchor Bar, the originators of the Buffalo Wing, all the way from New York, amongst a roster of other solid wing purveyors.
General admission for unlimited wings starts at $45, and tickets are available online. Pro tip: the Guatemalan Insanity wings from The Greyhound should come with a roll of Tums and a quart of milk. Trust me. They don’t call it “Insanity” for nothing.