This argument is a little fresh in my mind since I’ve consumed chicken wings two nights in a row. Chicken wings rank pretty high on my favorite foods list, but I’ve always been bothered by the notion that there are wings that may possibly be devoid of an actual wing. Companies such as Buffalo Wild Wings and the Wings Over Brookline have such products on their menus.
It’s hard to define “chicken wing” without using either “chicken” or “wing” in the name. That’s perfectly fine; the simplistic nature of chicken wings is part of their magic. If you like chicken wings, you’ll probably like them anywhere. Unless you order them with sauce that will make you cry.
A boneless wing is very, very different from its winged associate. The lack of wing makes a huge difference. You don’t have to eat boneless wings by hand. Some people choose to, but that’s foolish. They’re covered in sauce. The only reason people eat boneless wings by hand is so that they can try and cover up the fact that they’re not actually eating wings.
There’s little difference between the insides of boneless wings and chicken nuggets (or tenders if you prefer). They’re both typically deep-fried breast of chicken. You run very little risk of getting a bone, unless you eat at McDonalds or KFC.
It’s obvious that this whole “boneless wing” fad is used by chicken wing companies that want to make more money and give their customers the idea that they are consuming wings and not nuggets. Boneless wings are more expensive. This makes sense though; you are getting more meat.
Companies shouldn’t feel silly marketing chicken nuggets alongside chicken wings at their restaurants. They should be happy that they’re giving the customer what he or she really wants, honesty. There’s enough lying in this world already, let the chicken nuggets be presented for what they really are.