You’re probably familiar with chicken wings and thighs, but are they really the best parts of a chicken to eat? From head to rump, here are all the different parts of chicken, ranked by taste. Roasted, baked, or fried, chicken's versatility makes the bird a popular meat choice around the world. Don't be a chicken! Skip the drum and flats, and try something different than your ordinary cuts of chicken.
While the breast might be the healthiest part of the chicken, white meat is less flavorful than dark meat found in the leg. If you're into chewy textures, chicken gizzards make great bar snacks. Chicken feet and chicken heart are some other underrated chicken body parts, typically served in Chinese dim sum and Japanese yakitori restaurants. So, what is the worst part of a chicken to eat? Some might say chicken testicles, but in East Asia, it is a common dish, filled with protein, potassium, and vitamin A.
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Chicken thighs are known for their flavor. Without even factoring in how you season or cook them, chicken thighs are more flavorful because they are dark meat. Typically, if you're getting a good, fried chicken sandwich, it’s made of chicken thighs.
The thighs provide protein, of course, but also vitamin B-6. To be fair, they are higher in fat and cholesterol than other parts of the chicken, say, the chicken breast. However, you could also just strip off the skin after baking the thighs for less fat, full flavor chicken.Cluck yeah!
Drumettes, also known as "drums," make up the main part of the wing attached to the chicken. , drumettes also have chewy cartilage on both ends. While drums consist of dark meat, the texture is similar that of white meat. They are fairly popular due to their easy edibility, but that doesn't automatically make them everyone's favorite part of the chicken.Cluck yeah!
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Chicken skin has gotten a bad rap for years, with many saying it’s too high in fat. However, it turns out that crispy, flavorful goodness actually contains healthy fats. Unsaturated fats can help improve cholesterol and stabilize heart rhythms. Many say the golden brown skin is the best part of the chicken, and leaving the skin on - at least while cooking - results in a tastier bird.Cluck yeah!
Like the beloved chicken thigh, drumsticks are dark meat, so they’re more flavorful. The convenience of a good drumstick may give it an edge over the thigh, though. Not to be confused with the "drumette" part of a chicken wing, the drumstick is the large lower part of the leg. Like most parts of the chicken, drumsticks can be prepared a number of different ways, but deep frying and oven roasting are the two most popular methods.Cluck yeah!