Which wing is best: bone-in or boneless? | The Tylt
Although simple, wings come in all sorts of variations. You have smoked and fried, dry and wet, drums and flats. And, you have bone-in and boneless. Some say bone-in wings are the only way to properly eat wings. A chicken wing without a bone, after all, is just a chicken nugget. Those in the boneless wing camp say this argument is hogwash (chicken-wash?). Boneless wings are a complex, delectable dish, and present no barrier to getting all the meat you want. Which is better: bone-in or boneless?
Which wing is best: bone-in or boneless?
Chicken wings have bones in them, end of story. But beyond the fact that boneless wings are illegitimate, it's proven time and again that bone-in wings are the favorite among restaurant-goers. According to MeatPoultry.com:
The demand for bone-in chicken wings is strong. More than 60 percent of wings served at restaurants are bone-in.
Really, this debate is comparing apples to oranges. Bone-in and boneless wings may both come from a chicken, but their taste could not be more different. As MeatPoultry.com writes, "boneless wings are not wings at all."
They are typically formed from breast meat and are a spin-off of the breaded chicken nugget. Slice open a boneless wing and all you see is meat, which makes them faster to cook but also not as succulent as real wings, those that have skin, bone and cartilage.
No matter what's going on in your life, there's hardly a basket of bone-in chicken wings anyone can resist:
Others argue those who don't like boneless wings are missing the point. You want the most out of your meal, and the only way to do that is with a piping hot order of boneless wings. You can't look at a plate of these guys and say they are chicken nuggets; they are a meatier, juicier, tastier version of the wing itself.