June 23, 2021 -- Boneless, bone-in, buffalo, extra crispy: Whichever way you like them -- chicken wings have been a constant staple in the lives of many Americans, often tied to fond memories like backyard cookouts or tailgating before a big game.
Amid an ongoing chicken wing shortage in the United States, some companies are suggesting alternatives, some of which are healthier options, such as skinless thighs and breasts.
There have been mixed reactions. For some, nothing can take the place of the beloved chicken wing. For others, replacing regular consumption of wings with a more nutritious part of the bird would be worth added health benefits.
Eating chicken can be helpful when striving to live a healthy lifestyle. Chicken is a lean source of protein and can serve as a great alternative to red meat. Eating it fried or with the skin, however, adds unhealthy fat and can lead to weight gain. Lakeesha Brown, a business owner from Indiana, said that she only eats wings once a week for health reasons.
“I usually eat them on Fridays, when winding down and feeling like ‘cheating’ a little bit,” Brown, 41, said. “When I heard about the shortage, I said ‘ugh.’ But I’ll live.”
The chicken shortage can be attributed to a few different factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Chicken Council dubbed chicken “The Nation’s #1 Quarantine Protein.” Wings have been particularly popular, according to Tom Super, senior vice president of the National Chicken Council.
“Restaurants like wing joints and pizza places were built around takeout and delivery, so they didn’t have to change their business model that much during the pandemic,” Super said in a statement to WebMD....