Two foods I can’t imagine life without: Pizza and chickens wings – the greatest food of all time, full stop. You’re not crazy, however, if you’ve noticed that the price of chicken wings is skyrocketing these days: A USDA report shows that prices prices for wings recently jumped by 33 cents, forcing restaurants to raise their prices to accommodate increased demand.
Lately, I’ve been all-in on preparing other dark meats in my air fryer, perfecting the ultimate crisping techniques for drumsticks and chicken thighs. In fact, thighs have quickly become a favorite – it’s easily the most juicy and tender part of the chicken, making for a delicious (…and extremely filling) dinner or snack.
Just the other week, I was thinking aloud about why more restaurants and bars don’t embraces chicken thighs on their menu, especially considering how cheap they usually are at the grocery store.
normalize restaurants and bars serving chicken thighs, which slap almost as hard as chicken wings when done right
— brandon wenerd (@brandonwenerd) October 30, 2020
Sounds like Wingstop heard that call loud and clear: Foodbeast reports that Wingstop locations are now testing orders of crispy bone-in chicken thighs in the following locations.
- El Paso, Texas
- Detroit, Michigan
- Denver, Colorado
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Atlanta, Georgia
- St. Louis, Missouri
Wingstop chicken thigh orders come in two sizes: two thighs or five thighs, available in Wingstop’s 11 signature sauces. This is a part of Wingstop’s “whole bird” strategy to sell as much of the chicken as they can in their restaurants, according to Foodbeast:
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.
I’m so ready to try Wingstop Mango Habanero chicken thighs as a game day snack when it rolls out nationally.
Hopefully that happens by the end of football season.