We’re wing fanatics. That’s no secret. And, while our main goal is to serve you the best chicken wings and other mouthwatering menu items you’ve come to know and love, we don’t stop there. We want to be wing experts.
In our quest to be the best at what we do, we researched and shared with you some history and facts from the world of chicken wings, offered menu hacks so you can create some of your own amazing dishes at home, and given many tips and tricks for ordering wings for just about every sporting occasion (and then some).
Turns out, you still have questions. In an effort to leave no stone unturned, we’ve collected your most common chicken wing inquiries and answered them here. So soothe your curious mind by finally learning the answers to the queries that have been plaguing you, like: Why is celery served with wings? Why are they so expensive? Are chicken wings healthy? And more.
Why are chicken wings served with celery?
Celery has been served with wings since the very first. In 1964 at a family-owned establishment in Buffalo, the woman who invented “wings” served them with a side of blue cheese and celery because… that's what she had on hand. However, what started as a coincidence, continued due to its genius. The crunchy, juicy, cool, refreshing texture serves as the perfect foil to spicy chicken wings. Dip the celery in bleu cheese for the ultimate wing-eating experience.
What makes a good chicken wing?
A good chicken wing is due to a number of factors including the quality of the product and the process by which you cook them. First we start with fresh, jumbo chicken wings. Using large chicken wings helps to keep the natural juices from drying out, which means what you’re left with is what keeps you coming back for more — juicy, mouthwatering chicken wings.
In addition, the skin of our wings is always crisp, they are perfectly portioned for maximum taste and tenderness, they are easy to reheat, and they all have the option of being smothered in a variety of delicious sauces to make not just a good chicken wing, but the best chicken wing.
Are chicken wings healthy?
Chicken wings can be healthy — it’s all in how you eat them. When choosing a topping, opt for sauce on the side or a dry rub. That way, you can control how much sauce you want to eat, which can help lower the fat and calorie intake of them. To make your meal even more nutritious, add a side salad or a side of broccoli to your order. And, if you order too many, don’t feel like you have to eat them all. They taste great the next day, too.
What's the difference between chicken wings and Buffalo wings?
Buffalo wings were created in the town of Buffalo, New York. Their technique for making Buffalo wings is to toss them in flour, fry them, and then coat them in spicy Buffalo sauce before serving. Over the years, as chicken wing eating gained in popularity and spread across the country, calling chicken wings “Buffalo'' or not essentially grew to mean the same thing.
What Goes with Chicken Wings?
What can you eat with chicken wings? While the options are nearly limitless, here are some of our favorite menu items to pair with chicken wings:
- Onion rings are traditional. The sweetness of the onion pairs well with the spicy wings. However any of our starters would make a great duo (or trio) to get your meal started off right. Ordering sides for chicken wings can include our Pretzel Bites and Ranchero Tots, or choose our Appetizer Sampler and try a bit of everything.
- Our salads are fresh, crispy, and the perfect accompaniment to any wing order. The Harvest Salad is topped with diced grilled chicken and the Blackened Salmon Salad is served atop romaine leaves topped with Parmesan cheese and croutons, and tossed in Caesar dressing.
- Make your own meal by adding some extras to your order of wings. Choose a side of steamed broccoli, onion rings, Saratoga chips, natural cut fries, or all of the above!
What Temperature to Grill Chicken Wings?
It’s hard to tell when chicken wings are done, especially if you’re frying or grilling them at home. The best way to know if they’re done is to check the chicken wings internal temperature. A meat thermometer stuck into the thickest part of the wing should register 165℉ — that’s when you know it’s completely cooked.
We hope we’ve answered all your burning chicken wing questions. Stop into your nearest Wings and Rings location for exactly the wings you want, every time!