Which Cut of Chicken Gives You the Best Bang for Your Buck?

Hint: It’s not chicken breast.

Published Jan. 10, 2023.

There are countless chicken choices at the supermarket sporting a wide range of confusing labels.

A wide range in cost too. Chicken can be pricey!

If you’re looking for a bargain, buy drumsticks.

Surprised? Don’t be. We’ve tested it!

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In the test kitchen we cooked bone-in chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks, and wings and then stripped the meat from the bones to determine the price per edible ounce.

We found that drumsticks were the cheapest. But cheapest doesn’t mean any less tasty.


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Drumsticks are dark meat with bones and skin weighing between 5 and 6 ounces each. Look for full, round-tipped drumsticks that are evenly covered with skin; a poorly butchered drumstick will have the top lopped off with the meat. No thank you.

OK. You’ve saved money on drumsticks. Now what? 

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 Winner winner chicken drumstick dinner.

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