Chicken wings, which at one point were an unwanted part of the bird, have become a prized menu item — and restaurants across the U.S. will be celebrating on Saturday: National Chicken Wing Day.
I know, we celebrated National Fried Chicken Day three weeks ago. But in 1977, then-Mayor of Buffalo, New York Stan Makowski declared July 29 National Chicken Wing Day, due to the city’s claim as the birthplace of the chicken wing dish known as Buffalo Wings. “Thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed each week by Buffalonians in restaurants and taverns across the city,” he said at the time.
Buffalo’s wing fix helped spread the dish, but the origin story is a bit hazy. Since then, we’ve seen the advent of countless types of wings—honey barbecue, teriyaki, garlic, ultra-hot—and, of course, “boneless wings.”
We also continue to gorge on it, eating 4.4 billion chicken wings in the 12 months ending May 2023, from research firm Circana’s National Eating Trends and CREST tracking data.
The National Chicken Council estimates that we each eat about 2% more chicken wings in recent years. Consumers began preferring skinless chicken breast meat in the 1980s — rather than cooking the whole chicken — wings became an afterthought, NCC spokesman Tom Super said. Chicken producers began selling them to restaurants and bars, which could price the dish relatively cheaply and, because wings were usually salty and spicy, boosted beer sales, Super said.
Why do we like chicken wings? “It’s the ultimate and tactile snack,” Chris Morocco, director of Bon Appetit’s test kitchen, said in a chicken wing cooking video last year. “The wing is where you get all the nuances of texture and oiliness and richness and flavor of a whole chicken, but distilled down to its own microcosmic universe.”
Here are some National Chicken Wing Day specials to help you get your fill.
7-Eleven has new boneless Korean BBQ wings for $3
The convenience store chain just added boneless Korean BBQ wings — lightly breaded chicken with all-white meat coated in a sweet soy, garlic, and pepper glaze sauce — to its lineup at 7-Eleven, Speedway, and Stripes locations. Members of the 7Rewards And Fast rewards Loyalty programs can get an order of 8 for $3 (offer valid until January 9, 2024). For a limited time, loyalty members can also get five traditional bone-in Korean BBQ-flavored wings for $5. And you can add a small Slurpee for $1.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings’ free 5-piece wings order
The casual restaurant chain headquartered in Florida is giving Coal Fired Rewards loyalty program members who order chicken wings through July 30 a free order of five wings. Guests who sign up for Coal Fired Rewards will also receive a free five-piece wing and 12-inch pizza on their next visit. Share your favorite flavor of wings on social media by tagging @anthonyscoalfiredpizza and you could win a $1,000 gift card.
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bb.q Chicken delivered for free and new Caribbean Spice flavour
To celebrate National Chicken Wing Day, Korean fried chicken franchise bb.q Chicken, which has 160 locations in the US, has free delivery on DoorDash and UberEats through August 5. Also, on Saturday, the restaurant will begin offering a new flavor for wings and boneless chicken: Caribbean Spice, inspired by Caribbean jerk sauce. You can also enter to win a Caribbean cruise trip; visit the bb.q Chicken website to enter between Saturday and August 31.
Bonchon: A special Try Tri deal with 15 wings
Fast-casual Asian fusion chain Bonchon has a limited-time Try Tri deal (through Sunday, July 30), featuring 15 wings, five each with the restaurant’s signature sauces — Soy Garlic, Spicy & Sweet & Savory Korean BBQ — and fries for $23.99.
Buffalo’s Cafe has $1 wings for National Chicken Wing Day
Buffalo’s Cafe has a $1 wing offer for customers who dine at participating locations on Saturdays; you can choose from one of the chain’s 13 sauces.
Buffalo Wild Wings’ free wings deal for National Chicken Wing Day
When you dine at participating Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday, you get six free boneless or traditional wings with every $10 purchase. Choose from the chain’s 26 sauces, including limited-edition sauces General Tso’s and Sweet Chile Lime, or the new Blazin’ Knockout Sauce, made with nine of the hottest peppers, including Devil’s Breath, Carolina Reaper, Scorpion, Ghost, Habanero, Red and Green Jalapenos, Chili de Arbol and Cayenne.
Fatburger: Get 3 free wings with your order
Jointly branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express will give you a free three-piece order of wings with the purchase of a Fatburger Meal (burger or sandwich meal) when you order at order.fatburger.com on July 29 (at participating locations; use code WINGMAN23). And if you miss Saturday, the deal will be offered every Wednesday in August.
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Fazoli’s free 5-piece wings are valid with every purchase
Fast-service Italian food chain Fazoli’s is giving customers a free order of five boneless pieces with every purchase through Sunday at participating locations. And since Saturday is also National Lasagna Day, get $2 off lasagna dishes at participating locations from July 28 to August 3.
Golden Corral: unlimited wings, fried chicken
The buffet restaurant began offering all-you-can-eat wings and fried chicken on Thursday — it will run through Sept. 10 — with two new flavors, Garlic Parmesan and Sweet Bourbon BBQ. You can also order wings to take away and for delivery at GoldenCorral.com.
Hook & Reel has a buy 12, get 6 wings free deal
Cajun-inspired casual dining chain Hook & Reel, with more than 70 locations across the country, is running a buy 12-get 6 wings free deal Saturday through August 5. There will also be additional BOGO Happy Hour deals that week. Customers can call their local store for more information.
Free wings offer from Hooters on National Chicken Wing Day
Hooters is giving diners 10 free wings on Saturday for every 10 wings purchased, in any style (at participating locations).
Hurricane Grill & Wings all-day wings deal
Saturday Hurricane Grill & Wings. which has more than 40 locations in the U.S. has a special of 10 boneless or boneless wings with two of the chain’s award-winning sauces for $12.99 (available in store and online at www.HurricaneWings.com at participating stores). locations).
Krispy Krunchy Chicken sampler goes beyond wings
Need more than wings? The Krispy Krunchy Sampler Deal ($5.99) comes with a piece of bone-in dark roast chicken, a Cajun tender, two pieces of traditional wings, and a honey biscuit. Offer valid until October 10 at participating Krispy Krunchy Chicken locations while supplies last.
Marco’s Pizza has a discount on its new boneless wings
Marco’s Pizza’s is discounting its new boneless wings: $7.99 for an order of 10, with a choice of three sauces (Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan, and BBQ), at participating locations.
Native Grill & Wings’ 59 cent wing deal on National Chicken Wing Day
Native Grill & Wings, which has more than 20 restaurants in Arizona, Texas and Illinois, has a 59-cent wing deal on Saturday for those who dine in and order online at www.NativeGrillandWings.com. Customers who dine on Saturday will also receive a $5 voucher for their next visit (valid until August 31).
Native Loyalty app members can also ask for an all-new “Secret Weapon” medium-heat sauce on Saturday. When you sign up for the loyalty program, you also get a free pack of 10 traditional wings with every purchase.
Wing bundle from Perdue Farms to make wings at home
Want to prepare your own wings? You can order the Wing Day Bundle from Perdue Farms until August 1. The bundle includes six pounds of wing sections, drumettes and center joints for $34.99 ($49.98 regular price) at PerdueFarms.com.
Popeyes’ Ghost Pepper wings deal for National Chicken Wing Day
Get a free side with your pick-up order of Popeyes’ Ghost Pepper wings (order of 6 is $5, at participating restaurants). Do you want it delivered? You can also get a free side when you order ($6 for 6-piece wing) on Popeyes.com or the Popeyes app.
Round Table Pizza: Get 6 wings for $8
At Round Table Pizza, you can get a 6-piece order of boneless or classic wings for $8 at participating locations through August 27.
Wing on it! Free wings with every purchase on National Chicken Wing Day
On Saturdays, when you dine at Wing It On! or order online get a free order of 6 wings with any purchase of $5 or more.
Wingstop’s free wings on National Chicken Wing Day
Wingstop gives an order of 5 wings free on Saturday when you use the code FREEWINGS at checkout on Wingstop.com or the app. The restaurant chain, with nearly 2,000 locations worldwide, recently teamed up with rapper Latto on a new flavor (Latto’s Lemon Herb Remix) and the Latto Meal, designed for a group with 21 wings in three flavors, seasoned fries, and two dipping sauces ($26). .99).
Zaxby’s BOGO deal for National Chicken Wing Day
Zaxby’s, with more than 900 locations in 17 states, has a buy-one-get-one-free deal on Friday and Saturday for its 10-piece traditional wings (starts at $12.99). The offer is only valid for Zax Rewardz members and can be redeemed by pre-ordering through the app or online. Add at least two orders of 10 Traditional Wings (before the reward is applied) to get one free. (One offer per person/device, valid at participating locations while supplies last.)
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