July 29th is National Chicken Wing Day! Chicken wings have become a staple in the American diet. With chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Hurricane Grill and Wings, and Wingstop, it’s hard to go far without finding a spot for wings. The most popular classic style is buffalo, but other varieties include barbecue, lemon pepper, and honey mustard.
The birthplace of the spicy wings we love is Buffalo, New York, hence the name. Legend has it that they were created by Teressa Bellissimo when her son and his college friends wanted a late night snack. She thought to fry up some chicken wings and toss them in butter and hot sauce.
- Buffalo wings originated in Buffalo, New York, where they are not called Buffalo wings, but just "wings" or "chicken wings."
- Chicken wings became a US nationwide phenomenon after the Buffalo Bills in the NFL appeared four consecutive years in the Super Bowl in the early 1990s.
- Thanksgiving is actually the most popular day to eat chicken wings – the Super Bowl comes in second.
- According to an NCC survey, 54-percent of wing eaters prefer traditional, bone-in wings while 46-percent chose their boneless cousin. Boneless wings are typically white, boneless chicken breasts cut into strips, breaded or floured and tossed with Buffalo sauce.
- According to the National Chicken Council's (NCC) 2016 Wing Report, 1.3-billion chicken wings are typically consumed on Super Bowl weekend, which equals more than 100-million pounds of chicken wings.
- 3-billion chicken wings is enough for every man, woman and child in the United States to have four wings each
- If those 1.3-million chicken wings eaten on Super Bowl weekend were laid end to end, they would reach a quarter of the way to the moon or circle the Earth over two times.
- This year, eating wings during the Super Bowl was up 3%, or 37.5-million wings, from last year’s big game.
- 23% of Super Bowl viewers eat chicken wings, which makes them the second most popular food item on Super Bowl Sunday after dips and spreads.
- Of those who eat chicken wings:
- 46-percent prefer the drumette
- 25-percent the flat
- 10-percent prefer their wings whole
- 19-percent say they don’t have a preference, they like them all.
- If one of the three Power Ball winners spent his/her entire lump sum on chicken wings, they could buy about 123-million pounds of wings, or only 76% of the 1.3-billion wings eaten Super Bowl weekend.
- Wanna make your own wings at home? You can find traditional and unique chicken wing recipes on the National Chicken Council website at eatchicken.com