With an ever-evolving selection of flavors, chicken wing fans can pretty much have their pick of this finger-licking food just in time for National Chicken Wing Day.
Since the 1970s, July 29 has been the date to celebrate the hand-held food, and most people are still likely to go for the traditional Buffalo-style wing as their top choice.
“The traditional hot wing is still the most popular,” said Trey Mobley, owner of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Dothan. “With all the new sauces and all the new dry rubs, just the traditional hot, Buffalo-style wing is still the most popular.”
According to the National Chicken Wing Day website (yes, it exists — nationalchickenwingday.com), Buffalo, New York, lays claim to the deep-fried chicken wing, which is why they are often called Buffalo wings. In 1964, a local bar owner wanted a fast and easy dish for her son and his college friends to enjoy as a late-night snack. She deep-fried some chicken wings — typically used for soup stock up at that point in time — and tossed them in butter and hot sauce. The simple recipe was such a hit with customers that other restaurants began selling them. The rest is history.
In 1977, the mayor of Buffalo declared July 29 as National Chicken Wing Day.
At Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Mobley said chicken wings are the restaurant’s top-selling category of food and the 10-piece wing meal is their top-selling individual food on the menu. Mobley said flavors like honey barbecue and teriyaki are preferred for those who want a sweeter flavor, but the restaurant’s offerings of dry rubs — lemon pepper, blackening, and Nashville Hot — have increased in popularity, as have sweet-heat flavors like Sweet Thai Chili.