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February 4, 2021

The chicken cut dietitians want you to eat more often (it’s not the breast)

Our love for chicken doesn’t seem to be waning: About half of all chicken eaters say they’re cooking more of the popular poultry since the COVID-19 pandemic started, according to a November 2020 survey conducted by the National Chicken Council. In fact, retail sales of chicken are up by 19.5 percent, or $1.3 billion.

But despite the abundance of chicken breasts and tenders in supermarkets’ meat section, there’s another cut dietitians want you to add to your grocery cart. We’re talking about chicken thighs!

You’re not alone if you’ve been overlooking chicken thighs: That same survey showed two in five Americans say chicken breast is their favorite. “I grew up eating chicken breasts, so when I first started cooking with chicken thighs, it really felt like a new cut of chicken had suddenly appeared,” Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD, author of the cookbook ​Meals that Heal,​ confesses. Read more