Super Chicken Wing Day happens each year on Super Bowl Sunday. Since the big game is a popular day to enjoy these tasty appetizers, it’s no wonder the national day happens to coincide with it each year.
This year, we celebrate Super Chicken Wing Day on Sunday, February 7. And for a double national day, Super Bowl Sunday also honors National Pork Rind Appreciation Day – another favorite game day food.
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out my National Day’s Guide for more fun days to celebrate.
For another national day devoted to chicken, be sure to read my post on National Rotisserie Chicken Day. It’s full of interesting info and has some great recipes.
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Types of chicken wings
Chicken wings are a popular party appetizer, and they can be grilled, fried, smoked, or baked. It is common for them to be served with a sauce or glaze of some type.
All chicken wings can fall into one of two categories: a drum or a flat.
Drums look like little chicken legs. They have a single bone that runs through the middle of the meat.
Flats (sometimes called “wingettes”) get their name from the fact that they are flat. Flats have two small bones that run through the length of the wing. They have less meat on them than drums.
However, flats have more skin than meat, so they produce a bite that is packed with flavor and a crispy skin that we all love.
History of chicken wings
You’d be hard pressed to find a good bar without chicken wings. They’re on virtually every bar menu! How did this tradition start?
Southern cooking has long been known for the deep-fried chicken wings that are so prevalent today.
However, the idea of cooking chicken wings in a hot sauce actually originated in the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964.
The co-owner of the bar, Teressa Bellissimo, cooked some left over chicken wings in hot sauce as a snack for her son and his friends.
They were such a hit that they landed on the bar’s menu the next day. The sauce for those chicken wings was a bleu cheese sauce, which is still wildly popular today. The menu labeled them as “Buffalo Wings.”
The bar owner’s son went on the road to promote the wings and they gradually caught on country-wide and started appearing in restaurants all around the USA.
Other fast food companies with chicken wings on the menu
Kentucky Fried Chicken added hot wings to their takeout menu in 1990, and Domino’s Pizza added their own wings in 1994.
Even McDonald’s had their Mighty Wings on the menu in 2013-2014. Bars everywhere in the USA serve these popular wings today, especially on Super Bowl Sunday.
Fun facts about chicken wings for Super Chicken Wing Day
Brush up on your knowledge of chicken wings with these fun facts. Some may surprise you!
- Super Chicken Wing Day is not the only national day devoted to this treat. There is also a National Chicken Wing Day on July 29.
- The average American consumes 90 chicken wings a year.
- There are several chicken wing eating competitions. One called the “Wing Bowl” in Philadelphia titled Molly Schuyler the record holder in 2018. She ate 501 wings in a mere 30 minutes.
- More wings are eaten in the Southern part of the USA than in any other area. The area that eats the least is the Pacific region.
- A poll taken by the Huffington Post says that Ranch dressing is more popular than bleu cheese to serve with chicken wings.
- Americans love to eat chicken wings any day of the year, but Super Bowl Sunday is THE big day for eating chicken wings.
- Around 1.38 billion chicken wings are eaten every year on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s about 825,000 chicken wings for each player in the NFL!!
- In 2013, there was a shortage of chicken wings.
- On Labor Day weekend, each year, chicken wing lovers from all 50 states meet in Buffalo to honor their favorite food at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.
- The meat in chicken wings is white, not dark meat.
- The price of chicken wings at the supermarket rises around Super Bowl Sunday each year. (no surprise!)
- There are approximately 140 calories in a chicken wing without the sauce.
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How to celebrate Super Chicken Wing Day
Would you like to celebrate Super Chicken Wing Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.
- Serve your chicken wings and sauce on a Super Bowl platter this year.
- See if your favorite bars have a special on chicken wings today. You can watch the big game while you are there!
- Spend the day eating chicken wings. Are you a ranch or bleu cheese fan?
- Have a chicken wing themed Super Bowl party. Your football loving foodies friends will be thrilled!
- Try a new hot sauce to go with your bowl of wings.
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #superchickenwingday. Here is a tweet to get you started:
More national days in February
There are close to 2000 National Days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February.
Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the February Food Holidays here.
Be sure to also check out these other foodie National Days this Month:
- National Frozen Yogurt Day – Even the cooler weather doesn’t stop me from enjoying this frozen treat!
- National Cherry Pie Day – George Washington couldn’t tell a lie and a cherry pie is a reminder of this.
- National Pistachio Day – Looking for another perfect snack for the big game day? Look no further than the pistachio!
- National Carrot Cake Day – End your Super Bowl party with this special dessert.
Recipes for Super Chicken Wing Day
The best way to celebrate Super Chicken Wing Day is with some of your favorite chicken wing recipes. Here are a few of my favorites.
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