Are boneless wings really wings? The story of buffalo wings and a lawsuit

While lately I’ve been on a buffalo cauliflower kick, I’ve had some pretty good buffalo wings in my day. I have a penchant and a passion for buffalo sauce, so I like to think I know a good buffalo wing when I see one.

And what do they all have in common? They’re boneless.

I get it. The wing part of a buffalo wing refers to the wing of a chicken, which has a bone, but colloquially, we’ve been calling chicken tenders slathered in buffalo sauce boneless buffalo wings, so I’ll continue to call them that. A boneless buffalo wing is the better option because the bone doesn’t take up any space, so you get more for your money.

One Chicago man thinks that the distinction was enough to warrant a lawsuit. According to Fox Business, Aimen Halim thinks that Buffalo Wild Wings shouldn’t call their boneless buffalo wings “wings.” In actuality, he said that they are “slices of chicken breast meat deep-fried like wings” and claimed that if customers knew what they really were, they would pay less money for them.

He had apparently bought the boneless wings in January in Illinois and alleged in the lawsuit that they were more like chicken nuggets than wings, per USA Today. The lawsuit said that the plaintiff wouldn’t have purchased them if he had known that they weren’t actually wing meat.

Buffalo Wild Wings made a sarcastic joke on Twitter after the news of the lawsuit hit the headlines. They tweeted, “It’s true. Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken. Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo.”

R&I – TxpAT