Some restaurants are adjusting their menus in the face of escalating chicken wing prices, according to USA Today. The wholesale price of wings shot up 39% from 2008 to 2009, thanks to high demand as the formerly “throw away” item became an increasingly popular dish, the newspaper reported.

While demand for wings has flown up, demand for other parts of the bird has fallen with the recession, so increasing chicken production is not a viable economic option, said Richard Lobb of the National Chicken Council.


Many restaurants are taking advantage of the overall lower poultry prices to introduce boneless chicken “wings” to their customers, the newspaper reported.