According To A Professional Eater, You’re Eating Chicken Wings The Wrong Way

01.24.14 4 years ago 56 Comments

I’m embarrassed to say that I am one of those people who eats their chicken wings in a most embarrassing manner; I go in with a fork and surgically remove as much meat as I can, trying to avoid gristle and making a mess of my face. Not only is this method slow and cumbersome when consuming wings in their natural habitat — sports bars — but it generally generates scorn from my fellow diners for being so dainty while wearing a paper napkin for a bib. Fortunately, I am not alone in needing guidance when it comes to proper chicken wing etiquette.

This week The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman interviewed professional eater Crazy Legs Conti about the best techniques for eating chicken wings, both for speed and for stripping the maximum amount of chicken off the bone. According to Crazy Legs, you want to reach for the flats over the drumsticks for the most meat and you want to create a “meat umbrella” using one hand — obviously to keep your other hand free for your beer — for the most efficient way to consume chicken wings. Making a “meat umbrella” may sound silly at first, but watching Crazy Legs demonstrate how to eat wings using this method is a revelation.

As someone who has stated many times I prefer making Buffalo chicken-anything over wings because I hate dealing with the bones (even though I know chicken prepared on the bone tastes better), this video has me rethinking my menu for the Super Bowl. Knowing that I could beat my friends in a wing eating competition armed with these new techniques, it does give me extra incentive to have a platter of wings around. Do people throw home wing eating competitions during halftime? If they don’t, then they should. Seems like a better use of the time instead of playing “how many Bruno Mars songs can you name” or “Anthony Kiedis, face lift or Botox?” this year.

[H/T The Sporkful]

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