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Best store-bought chicken wings for Super Bowl

February 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Buffalo wings are great finger foods for football games. But if you don't have a favorite wing joint for game time, how good are frozen Buffalo wings?

Consumer Reports just tested seven brands, including Tyson, T.G.I. Friday's and Walgreens. Testers sampled more than 800 to find the best.

"You want moist, tender chicken with a crispy coating, and you want spiciness but not so much that it overpowers the wings," said Consumer Reports' Adam Kaplan.

Consumer Reports says some came up a little short.

"They didn't have the kind of crispy, fried impression you get in a restaurant-quality wing," said Kaplan.

And some didn't taste that great, either.

The Weaver Buffalo Wings had a fake butter flavor. The Great Value Buffalo Wings from Wal-Mart had chewy chicken and rubbery skin.

The clear winner was Bell & Evans Buffalo Style Chicken Wings.

"The Bell & Evans had a nice browned impression. They tasted roasted, they had a good amount of heat and some cumin flavors that really came through," said Kaplan.

They go for about $7 for a 16-ounce box. So if you don't have a favorite restaurant, Consumer Reports says give them a try.

For a little less money Consumer Reports says the Walgreens Cafe W wings are worth a try. Not quite as tasty as the Bell & Evans, but they did say they had a pretty good taste and they're only about $3 for 10 ounces.

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