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The ridiculous price of raw chicken wings!

$3.50 a pound. I just won't pay that. Sorry. Same thing at Christmas & New Years. Screw em.

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    1. re: sedimental

      I really don't know. It 's been a few years since I bought them and I know they were a whole lot cheaper then. Like half the price.

    2. That is high. I just paid 1.88/lb for a five pound bag. It's jacked up Superbowl prices maybe.

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      1. re: pinehurst

        That's what I thought before I even opened the thread. I'm sure it's mostly about the Superbowl.

      2. i've heard that the frozen wings that get shipped in from china are cheaper.
        of course, there are drawbacks with chinese-produced food.. .

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        1. re: westsidegal

          The only chicken legally imported from China is cooked processed chicken that was grown in the U.S. and Canada. We are actually exporting frozen chicken to China, they make chicken fingers and nuggets and export it back to us. There are no frozen bags of raw, Chinese chicken wings in your grocer's freezer.

        2. That price is closing in on what you'll pay for breast meat!?! I like Perdue "wingettes" (bigger than regular wings) & will buy them when at a god price.

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          1. re: kseiverd

            Actually that price is much higher than what our supermarket charges for boneless breasts.

            I was in the IGA on Thursday and fresh wings were $2.99 lb and boneless breast was $1.59 lb. Leg quarters were 79 cents lb. They were virtually giving away the white and dark meat because they had to process that many chickens to get the number of wings they needed for this weekend. The meat manager told me they couldn't just order fresh wings, they had to buy the whole chicken by the case and cut it in house (this week).

            We stocked up on the breasts for the dogs. It's all in the garage freezer and will be cooked on the dogs' grill outside during the next few months/

            Before someone questions 'dogs' grill': The dogs don't have to have kosher food, but we only use kosher poultry/meat in the human kitchen and on the human grill.

            1. re: bagelman01

              I think my store had the same issue, I just bought bone in breasts on sale.

          2. I saw $3.99 lb yesterday. I won't pay over $1.49 lb.

            1. I hear/tell that McDonalds bought up a large fraction of the wings market for their Mighty Wings---and now they can't sell them! But that did drive up the prices for the wings remaining on the market. I agree that the whole purpose of chicken wings is destroyed when they are expensive.

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              1. re: mwhitmore

                Americans will eat 1.2 billion of them tomorrow on Superbowl Sunday.
                I am disappointed by the surge in winged-themed sports bars, getting by on a wing and a prayer while charging 10 bucks an order. Won't survive.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Wow! Four wings for every man, woman, child, non-fan and vegetarian in the nation?

                  1. re: mwhitmore

                    Yup, 3.7 Astounding, isn't it? Pizza is up there, too.
                    I plan to down about 10 wings. I have great blue cheese dressing for them.

              2. I was in college in Buffalo during the mid-70's. Bars were essentially giving them away back then. Small orders which were more than enough for 2 people used to be $3 and large orders which were enough for 4 people were $5. We rarely had enough money to spend on both a $1 draft and a large order. Ahhhh the great old days.

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                1. re: jnk

                  I remember about .25 cents a pound in the 70's - early 80's.

                  Mom used to season them up and bake them crispy in the oven.

                  1. re: Tom34

                    Yes, I remember .29 a lb. in the early 80's.

                    1. re: JMF

                      I think at the time boneless skinless chicken breast was about .99 cents lb & it was not pumped with 10% - 15% water like it is today.

                2. Wings are now the most expensive part of the chicken in many areas. Here's a similar thread discussing this topic you might find interesting http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9603...

                  1. Yesterday I bought a small package of fresh Purdue Wingettes for $2.09# @ Shoprite a chain in CT. These were just the 1st & 2nd joints with no wing tips to trim. They were about perfect size wise & nicely trimmed. They also had regular wings for $1.88. This supermarket is using Purdue as a loss leader promoting all their products @ 40% off. I'd advise looking around.

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                    1. re: zackly

                      Wings without tips? Presplit at the joints? I'd rather pay the four bucks a pound than be subjected to such culinary blasphemy!

                      1. re: MGZ

                        Agreed. But with Purdue, they might be *raised* without tips...like their drumsticks without the tendon...

                        1. re: MGZ

                          What do you do with the wing tips? Eat them? Stock? I rather just pay for the wing & drumettes if I'm making Buffalo wings?

                          1. re: zackly

                            I love gnawing on the the wing tips. No matter how I cook 'em. I usually burn my fingers ripping 'em off a whole chicken the minute I remove it from the oven. Crispy, crunchy, fatty goodness. Right up there with the liver and the Pope's nose as the best tastes on the bird.

                            1. re: MGZ

                              My family loves the wing tips. I remember many summer afternoons watching my grandmother gnaw on the fried wing tips. As a kid, I always passed my wing tips and stray bones to the highest bidder.

                        2. re: zackly

                          I like buying the wingettes when they are on sale. Much easier than cutting the wings apart myself and dulling my knife.

                          1. re: Njchicaa

                            Why cut 'em apart at all? I always saw that as kind of a bar trick to charge for a dozen wings while only serving six cut in half. Give me whole wings or give me death (sauce, Blair's . . . . Come to think of it, I'll take both.)

                            1. re: MGZ

                              The chance to eat non-amputated wing tips is one of the many reasons I love wings from the Chinese takeout restaurant.

                        3. It's not like they're gonna hatch enough chickens to give you their wings on these three holidays. Your problem is not with the markets or producers, but with the fact that too many people want wings in demand spikes.

                          Buy your wings another time of year - and freeze them.

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                          1. re: Karl S

                            Supply and demand, that's how it goes. So eat them another time of the year! They'll still taste just as good.

                            1. re: Karl S

                              They actually pack very nicely in a gallon size vacuum seal bag which keeps them for up to a year.

                            2. I used to use wings for making chicken stock until the price of wings, regardless of the time of year, passed thighs. The buffalo wing craze was just starting, and the prices went for almost nothing to high almost overnight.

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                              1. re: smtucker

                                Just wondering, how much did they used to be? I bought a family pack at Wegmans last week just for stock and they were $2.29/lb.

                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                  In the $.59-$.69 a pound range. This was at Mayflower in East Cambridge. Now they hang around the $.2.29/lb range, going up during baseball playoffs and the super bowl.

                                  I stopped using chicken wings for stock around 6 years ago, so that is when the price got too high for this use.

                                  1. re: smtucker

                                    I actually prefer turkey stock so these days I use turkey wings which are somewhat cheaper, but will use chicken wings if I happen to go to the Asian market where the parts are much cheaper. $.59...that's a steal :)

                                2. re: smtucker

                                  I'm going to age myself. I would buy wings and backs for soup for 10 cents a pound ! This was before a chicken wing dish was a gleam in someones' eye. BTW didn't typewriters Have a "cents" symbol?

                                  1. re: cheesepleese

                                    ..unlike computer keyboards. Guess a cents symbol is sort of obselete.

                                    1. re: cheesepleese

                                      If you are on a Windows OS computer...
                                      Press and hold the ALT key and type the number 0162 to make a cent symbol.

                                      1. re: John E.

                                        I will try this next time I have a cents issue and let you know how I do ;-)

                                        1. re: John E.

                                          Do you know a similar shortcut for the degree symbol? Lol

                                          To stay on topic, I don't understand the fascination with chicken wings. All gristle and fat and bone!

                                          1. re: ohmyyum

                                            The high skin to meat ratio is a given and highly desirable in terms of crisping up, retaining moisture w/in the meat, adding flavor and holding sauce. Haven't encountered bad gristle though.

                                            1. re: Tom34

                                              To be fair, I don't like drumsticks or thighs either. Pretty much the only chicken part I'll eat are boneless skinless chicken breasts, which I understand is very un-chowish of me, but I'm ok with that. I like the dense, dry texture and mouthfeel of chicken breast, and I like how they are kind of a blank palette!

                                              1. re: ohmyyum

                                                I eat the breasts but have to add a lot to it. Last night I made Panini sandwiches: Telera rolls, pesto sauce, grilled chicken breast, roasted poblano peppers, proscuitto & provolone cheese.

                                                With wings, a little Buffalo sauce and a pitcher of beer and I am good to go.

                                            2. re: ohmyyum

                                              I love chicken wings, Buffalo, Asian, or just plain.

                                              The ° symbol is done holding down the Alt key (Windows) and then 0176.

                                            3. re: John E.

                                              And you have to use the numeric keys, not the ones on the top of the keyboard.

                                        2. Chicken wings are not cheap, but I think this is on the higher side. I think I saw them for $1.6-1.9 per pound Maybe you were looking at some special chicken wings like organic or something.

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                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            Nah, just hypercritical Bernoulli wings with a crispy backdraft attenuator, and blue cheese dressing.

                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                Just want to say that I double check the chicken wing price again in the an Asian supermarket. It is definitely more than drumstick. It is $1.98 or $1.89 per pound.

                                              2. I can remember when they used to literally give them away (for soup), back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Then some genius in Buffalo made a fortune on them and the rest is history.

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                                                1. re: mtlcowgirl

                                                  I have postulated here that the next person to benefit from this trend will genetically engineer a 4-winged chicken, sort of like a small bi-plane with feathers.

                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                    Damn you, beat me to it, but you've inspired me to work on a six-winged chicken, The wifeacita and I were just talking wings mere seconds ago following a Wing Stop commercial showing smallish wings which she prefers. She bought some enormo wings last week that came from one of the ginormous chickens that have the d cup breasts. We agree smaller is better when it comes to chickens, better flavor.

                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                      Better yet, develop a chicken where you can simply snap off the wings and have them regenerate them as with stone crabs.

                                                      1. re: Clams047

                                                        1st chuckle of the morning :-)

                                                    2. re: mtlcowgirl

                                                      And I can remember no one ever called dibs on the wings at the dinner table when mom made fried chicken!

                                                    3. I just bought fresh wings and drumettes (mixed packs) for $1.99/lb at Sprouts today. Picked up 3 packs, about 6.5 lbs total.

                                                      1. Average of $ 4.99 a pound here in N California. Grass fed sirloin is $6.99 per pound and organic chicken thighs are $2.19 per pound:( Go figure!

                                                        1. I can't find a significant source for this right now but I've read that the high demand for wings has meant a surplus of dark meat, since legs and thighs aren't nearly as popular in the US.


                                                          Breast meat sells ok, but still it's 3 chickens that die for every dozen (separated) wings. If parts of those chickens don't sell otherwise, or don't sell for enough, they have to make up the cost somewhere.

                                                          But $3.50 is pretty high. I think the "Smart Chicken" might be $2.99 or so--higher these days than the legs and thighs.

                                                          1. Fresh, split, tipped wings have been advertised at $2.99/lb here at one grocer chain in RI over the past week.

                                                            1. "Wholesale chicken wing prices (Northeast - truckload) reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service averaged 50 cents per pound in the late 1990s. Prices increased to a record high of 205.62 cents per pound (chicken is traded in cents, not dollars) for January 2013. Interestingly, the once hard-to-sell wings were the highest priced wholesale chicken cut in January 2013. Wholesale skinless, boneless chicken breast prices were much lower at 136.51 cents per pound. It is no wonder that boneless wings (made from breast meat) recently have become popular with retailers and consumers."


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                                                              1. re: Clams047

                                                                The cost of a lot of food items are up, have been up and will likely stay up. High quality 2% or less water added chicken is up & a wholesale butcher friend told me last night that high quality hamburger (non imported / non cow) is up 30%.
                                                                Overall, boxed beef is up about 15% - 20% over last Jan.

                                                              2. Restaurant Depot had 'Miscut' wings for $.99/lb this month. SInce they were in a 40# box I couldn't really see what miscut meant.

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                                                                  1. re: JoeBabbitt

                                                                    Last time I bought the Miscut's from R.D. they were sold in either 5 or 10 lb bags, forget which. At the joints there were often bone fragments & I guess what were small pieces of cartilage.

                                                                  2. 2.19/lb. today (S.B. Sunday!) at Costco (Union N.J.).

                                                                    1. It seems like the price of chicken has gone up overall. I was just looking at some whole chickens at a local discount grocery store, Save-A-Lot, and they wanted around $10 for a whole chicken. That's nuts considering I can get a cooked rotisserie chicken for $5 at Costco.

                                                                      If they are truly selling the other parts (breasts and thighs) at a discount, I can somewhat see the justification for having to raise the costs of wings, give people an incentive to buy the other parts as well so they don't get stuck with them and they go bad.

                                                                      But I've not really noticed the prices on breasts and thighs dropping in my area, just the cost of drummettes and wing tips going up.

                                                                      We used to be able to get buffalo wings for like 15-25 cents a piece.

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                                                                      1. re: Atomic76

                                                                        Mrs. B and I had lunch today with friends. The husband is a saleman for a large independent food wholesaler here in Connecticut. He was discussing the high price/demand for wings and the surplus of parts.

                                                                        Their major supplier of frozen wings has been stuck with hundreds of thousands of pounds of split breasts (on the bone) in their storage freezers. They now are offering the wholesaler a free case of breast with every case of wings, just pay a $2 handling charge per case.

                                                                        The wholesaler offered them to their end users (mostly restaurants) for $5 case with regular weekly deliveries $100 total minimum order. In the past 2 weeks, less than 20 cases were purchased. The operators don't want to put the labor into defrosting and boning the chicken, and tell the salesman that chicken breast on the boine doesn't sell.
                                                                        My friend told me that he either has to find an institutional user (school, hospital, summer camp, caterer) within 3 weeks or he will donate 1000 cases to the CT Food Bank.

                                                                        I think the resaurant operators are being short sighted. At $5 case (48 breasts) I'd be using this for stock, soup, fajitas, taco, chicken salad, bbq chicken sandwiches, etc.

                                                                        1. re: bagelman01

                                                                          Interesting how chicken parts fall in and out of favor.

                                                                          1. re: bagelman01

                                                                            So easy to de-bone too.....as you say, so many uses.

                                                                        2. Thanks for all the replies. I got to let off a little steam and learned a lot about raw chicken wings in the meantime:-)

                                                                          1. Supply and demand: When nobody wanted chicken wings, they were cheap, maybe even free. Now everybody wants them, so they cost a lot more. Has nothing to do with the inherent quality of the food ... breast meat costs more because it's what most Americans prefer, mainly out of concern about getting fat. Thigh meat is much tastier, but it costs less, because it is less lean and therefore less popular. Plus which, overcooking breast meat makes it dry and awful. Overcooking thigh meat doesn't seem to hurt it at all.

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                                                                            1. re: emu48

                                                                              For all the curious vagaries of chicken part prices, a nice constant seems to be cheap chicken livers! Yum!

                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                Good for you with the livers. My parents ate just about every type of liver known to man including chicken liver and my mom knew how to cook it. I have tried it countless times but just can't like it. I think its one of those love it or hate it things. I may try it again when my hair tuns gray :-)

                                                                                1. re: Tom34

                                                                                  I have the gray, but I still don't care for calves liver. I had my first bowl of menudo last month and threw it up in the middle of the meal.
                                                                                  But I love love love those chicken livers! Sweetbreads, also.

                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                    The calves liver hits home....bacon & onion in a cast iron pan....what the hell wouldn't taste good cooked with all that.....IMHO.....calves liver :-)

                                                                                    1. re: Tom34

                                                                                      The historical Locke-Ober in Boston recently closed after 130 years or so. One of their signature lunch dishes was calves liver and my BIL would order it every time.

                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                        Yeah, seems its a love it or hate it food. IMHO, too many other parts of a steer that taste a whole lot better.

                                                                                        Spent 2 hours with snowblower moving piled snow this morning to make cleanup from anticipated storm mid week easier. Must be able to get to grilling area at all costs :-)

                                                                            2. Go to any Chinese supermarket [Seasons, Ample]. They're always $2.29-$2.49, but often on special too. Last week I got them for $1.29 at Ample. Filled my entire smoker for under $20...you can't beat that!

                                                                              1. I was just complaining about the 3 dollars a pound they are at Costco. And no, that's the regular price, not jacked up for Super Bowl. Same brand of fresh chicken at Costco I can get thighs for 1.09, the price of wings is ridiculous considering it's maybe 10% meat.

                                                                                1. I was in the local IGA supermarket on stupidbowl Sunday. Raw chicken wings were $2.99lb
                                                                                  I was in again on Monday, football season was now over and they were "$1.59 SALE"

                                                                                  I only pais attention because of this thread, I don't buy supermarket chicken or parts, except for the dogs and they can't have wings.

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                                                                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                    We'll I'm glad somebody bumped this thread because I was wondering if they'd go on sale the next day. I do very occasionally buy chicken wings from the supermarket, but probably wouldn't pay much over $2 per lb.

                                                                                    1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                      Now is the time to stock up on boneless skinless breasts. Market flooded with them at the moment with steep discounts.

                                                                                      1. re: Tom34

                                                                                        Right now the cheapest I see is $1.89. When they go below $1 I will consider it. And they have, a couple of times in the last year.

                                                                                        1. re: Tom34

                                                                                          I dunno. Cheap bland tasteless crappy food doesn't really make it taste any better.

                                                                                          1. re: acgold7

                                                                                            Makes good sandwiches though when grilled & combined with things like fresh herbs, roasted long hots, prosciutto & provolone cheese on a nice crusty toasted roll.

                                                                                            1. re: Tom34

                                                                                              That's what I do too, marinade and grill, and make sandwiches or Caesar type salads.

                                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                                With the price drop my wife just brought home 2 large packs. Froze one and grilled one 3/4's done today & cooked off a 1/2 a whole eye roast rare in the oven to get us through this latest round of weather. Have relatives still without power. Ready for spring.

                                                                                              2. re: Tom34

                                                                                                Well, yeah, when you put all that great stuff on it, you don't even need the chicken... ;-)

                                                                                      2. A follow up from the store tonight. Separated 1st and 2nd joints(skimpy). $3.49 per pound. The other ones($3.50)were whole wings. So much for that.

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                                                                                        1. re: miss_belle

                                                                                          Boneless skinless breasts $1.68 lb at ShopRite. Not a peep about wings.

                                                                                        2. Now that the holidays & Super Bowl have passed, I just saw an ad for Perdue chicken wings down to $1.79/lb. On the other hand, I picked up some boneless, skinless Perdue chicken breast at $1.69/lb - a fraction of the cost of wings in terms of meat content.

                                                                                          1. At Meijer (regional chain with usually low prices) saw them for $1.74 per pound. They were the 12% broth injected kind though.