Tonight’s dinner is going to be 🔥! I made my oven-baked Sweet and Sticky Chicken Wings for a fun Friday night meal.
I used to only eat chicken breasts. It’s the only cut I would buy at the grocery store and the only cut I would order in a restaurant. After years of being told that the breast was the healthiest cut of chicken it was all I ever ate. To me, chicken wings, legs, and any other cut were “unhealthy”, and I would therefore avoid them altogether. But, the truth is that’s BS, and if that is you, I want you to consider this.
1) Chicken wings, breast and legs all come the same animal. Saying a particular cut is unhealthy is like saying the left side of an apple is healthier than the right. It makes no sense.
2) Chicken, no matter the cut, is a whole food. It comes from Mother Nature. If you have no problem shoving processed granola bars in your mouth, you have no place being concerned about cuts of chicken.
3) Chicken breasts are the least nutrient dense cut of the entire bird. Fact. Although they might contain protein, the lack of fats means there is a lack of beneficial fat soluble vitamins which is what nutrition truly is. The odd cuts are rich in beneficial fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins, and collagen.
4) The worst part of chicken wings, drumsticks or thighs, is typically the way they are cooked. Throw anything into a vat of vegetable oil and it’s not going to be good for you. But baking, roasting or grilling are not going to be harmful.
5) If you are only going to eat the breast, you are going to go through a whole lot of chickens. Think about it - 2, 3, 4, or 5 chicken breasts a week adds up into a whole lot of chickens. As a consumer, you have the opportunity to be responsible an support a more sustainable food system that will benefit everyone in the long run.
Remember, there are no black and white “good” or “bad” foods when you are talking about whole food. Sometimes you need to take a step back and look at the big picture. Focus on whole food, think critically, and eat the whole bird. #redsrecommendations