Do you all remember when raw chicken wings were like, a buck a pound? And then, all of a sudden, they became just as expensive as boneless skinless chicken breast? Good grief! So when I saw these at Whole Foods for $2.19 a pound, I snagged 2 packages (which had 3 individual packets containing 4 wings each for a total of 12 per package) ... BUT they were whole wings with the tips cut off.
I was perfectly fine with that because splitting the wing is really no big deal and can be done fairly quickly if you can get past the raw, slimy chicken factor. Just for the record, I've never, EVER had slimy chicken issues with Whole Foods prepackaged stuff ... unlike Costco (I stopped buying my boneless/skinless thighs from there after the last incident) and would not think twice about buying the stuff from there ...
Ok, lets get down to the dirty work, shall we? If you are wanting to make some wings on the cheaper side of the budget, this is what you are going to need to do ...
Grab a sharp knife and throw you whole wing on the cutting board
Find the little v shake where the skin covers the mid section and make yourself a slit in the skin to the joint
Now grab both end pieces and bend to "break" the joint. You may have to do a little twist to release it but it should be fairly easy to do
Tada ... that first picture shows the bone popped out. Take your knife and cut through the meat and skin around the broken joint
And there you go, now you have 16 flats and 16 drumettes ... all within a matter of minutes.
See ... isn't that worth saving the dollar or so for a bag of cut up wings? As long as the tips are removed it's no big deal. Quite honestly, I've never dealt with the tips so not even sure how to remove those, I'd imagine you snap them off too?
*Sorry for the raw chicken pictures but really, it had to be done!*
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