“Bell & Evans’ wings had a pleasant broiled/roasted taste and were quite spicy with a hint of cumin, paprika and red pepper,” according to CR. They also got high marks for texture for containing less sodium than most. The other wings rounding out the top three included T.G.I. Friday's, $9.25, and Perdue Lightly Breaded, for $7.70.
"Chicken wings are a crowd-pleaser while viewing a big sporting event, especially football," said Maxine Siegel, manager of Food and Sensory Sciences at Consumer Reports. "Our recent tests reveal that there are satisfying brands available, but be sure to check the ratings to see which deliver the best taste and price."
The Tyson Any'tizers Buffalo Style Hot had slightly rubbery skin, according to testers; Weaver Flats had an artificial butter flavor; while Great Value Chicken were chewy in addition to having a rubbery skin and an uneven coating, the CR study said.
The full study appears in the February issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.