National football chicken wings? And the rest of the chicken?

February 3, 2014

The National Chicken Council suggests that Americans nibbled 1.25 billion, with a “b,” chicken wings Sunday before, during and after the Super Bowl of Chicken Wings, I mean football. These few hours of make up 7.4 percent of the Chicken Council’s forecasted total consumption for all of 2014.

Apparently chicken wings go with football and hockey like popcorn goes with movies. We eat them both whether we are hungry or not. Or we “save up room” to indulge in them.

National Chicken Council spokesman Tom Super (as in market) says “Wings are a great group food, and when you go to McDonald’s you’re not sitting there watching a four-hour football game and eating messy wings. It’s a different experience.” Which apparently explains why McDonald’s ended up with tons of chicken wings that didn’t sell late last year.

While each wing has about two bites of chicken, and the pointy part is skin and bone, some sources say the meat is white meat and, therefore, better for you than legs and thighs.

Speaking of legs and thighs, what do you think happens to the rest of the chicken whose wings are clipped? It must be a big day for the paper napkin industry as well.

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