Pricing Chicken Parts

By Cook's Illustrated Published May 2017

Chicken breasts have the highest yield of meat per pound of all chicken parts, but they’re not the most economical cut.

When we cooked bone-in chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks, and wings and then stripped the meat from the bones to determine the price per edible ounce, we found that drumsticks were easily the cheapest. (Surprisingly, wings were the most expensive.) They’re also easy to cook, flavorful, and moist, so this finding is just one more reason to make our Grilled Spice-Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks.

Part Price per pound Price per edible ounce
Drumsticks $1.69 $0.23
Thighs $2.19 $0.29
Breasts $3.29 $0.36
Wings $2.69 $0.40