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Feb 5, 2012 07:30 AM

Best place to buy chicken wings?

So much for planning ahead. Going to make Buffalo Wings for the Big Game. Where's the best place (and cheapest) to buy good chicken wings?

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  1. Don't know about cheapest, but Whole Foods had marinated wings on sale yesterday... Since you've skipped the "marinating overnight" step...


    1. I don't know about the best, but the cheapest I've seen is a 3 pound bag of frozen wings for $6.99 at Cub. You could possibly quick thaw them under cold running water in the sink or on defrost mode in the microwave. I hope others have better ideas for you.

      1. The Wedge has great wings and they are priced pretty good. I marinate mine with a vacuum sealer and can do it in 45 min.

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        1. re: ibew292

          Seconded. I walked through on Saturday and though I passed them up, they looked great and were somewhere around $1.79/pound (fresh at the meat department), IIRC.

        2. I'm impressed by those marinating. Never occurred to me to do that for fried wings. But definitely for fried chicken.

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          1. re: SarahInMinneapolis

            Buy a bucket from Shamrock's. Best in the city.

            1. re: Fudist

              I ended up buying from Runyon's. Not as good as I remembered, but it fulfilled the need for the "fix," and clean-up was a snap. :) The place was seriously short-staffed. Dirty tables everywhere and a witchy "woe-is-me" bartender. Now, granted when I walked in, she was the only wait person in the whole joint. Eventually a manager started helping her...and he was nice to the customers. I got what I deserved. Bottom line? Next time I need the "fix," I'll make them from scratch.

              For those who marinate...buttermilk? And do you really think it makes that much of a difference?

              1. re: SarahInMinneapolis

                I marinate mine in Hot sauce, vinegar and a little oil

                1. re: ibew292

                  Hi Everybody. If you have a good method and/or recipe for marinating chicken wings, please post it on the Home Cooking board. You can always leave a "pointer" letting the folks here know where to look. Thanks so much!

                2. re: SarahInMinneapolis

                  Shame about Runyon's. I have heard good things about those wings.

                  1. re: Fudist

                    Wings are still great. Service can be great or overwhelmed.