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Jan 31, 2010 10:15 PM

Boneless Chicken Wings

My friend Mark and I were picking up a pizza at our local place, and I noticed a come-on for a new item: Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza. I said to my friend - it can't be actual wings, can it? On a pizza? So we asked the guy and he said yes - it was wings. With the bones in? I asked, incredulous. He laughed at me. No bones - of course not, he said. On the drive home we turned it over. Impossible, I said - I have NEVER EVER seen chicken wing meat served off the bone. How impractical - who would ever serve boned chicken wings?

The next day I called them and ascertained that, no, it was not wing meat off-the-bone, it was breast meat in a buffalo sauce. Ok, duh. But I got to thinking about wing meat off the bone and I realized that I HAD sort of had it - as the boneless stuffed "angel wings" you can get at some Thai restaurants. Though even those usually have the bony wing tip attached.

So here's my question: has anyone ever heard of any dish that involves boneless chicken wing meat? Either pre-boned or cooked and then de-boned. I know you can slide the double bones out and have a boneless treat, but SERVED that way?

Love to hear about it -


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    1. re: JBC

      Aren't those just breast meat like BIM had at the pizzeria? Interestingly, the NY Times recently had an article about the economics of boneless "wings":

    2. They're basically chicken nuggets, usually made with breast meat. I hate them.

      1. My local Vietnamese restaurant does boneless stuffed chicken wings also. They're fried until crispy, so you can crunch up the wing tip if you're not spooked by the nobbly bits on chicken carcasses (I'm not).

        Nigel Slater has a recipe for a chicken sandwich made from chicken wings marinaded in Indian-style seasonings before being fried, then slipping the meat off the bones. But I know that's not what you're talking about.

        I've always wondered what buffalo wings are (I'm Australian). So now I know. Thanks.

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        1. re: raisingirl

          Ack, no! Buffalo wings are actual chicken wings that are fried, then tossed in a sauce made from butter and hot sauce (usually Frank's). They're called buffalo wings because they originate from a bar in Buffalo, NY.