Americans really can’t get enough wings, as a new study shows the average person will eat 17,653 chicken wings in their adult lifetime.


Twenty-four wings eaten a month on average leads to wing lovers indulging in 290 wings a year, according to the figures.


Since its creation in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York by Teressa Bellissimo, the chicken wing has been a classic American staple.


Whether purchased from a restaurant or made at home using a secret family recipe, the results of the poll show the average person eats seven pieces of wings each sitting.


Although the first chicken wing meal in the 1960’s was served with celery slices and bleu cheese sauce, the most popular way modern people eat their wings is with French fries and traditional BBQ sauce.


The poll of 2,000 Americans was conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Moore’s Marinades & Sauces.


The research finally settled the great wing debate -most people (39 percent) prefer to have their wings with the bone-in over boneless wings.


Those who do prefer boneless wings (27 percent) shouldn’t feel offended by the results because the poll also ended the age old argument of whether boneless wings can actually be considered wings… nearly six in ten (56 percent) respondents feel boneless wings ARE able to be classified as proper chicken wings.


Whether you opt for on the bone or off it, Moore’s Marinades & Sauces is on a mission to make your wing sing with tips and recipes on how to get the most from this classic American staple.

Traditional barbecue, honey barbecue, and buffalo with ranch dressing are the most popular wing flavors, according to the survey, but one in seven enjoy their wings without any sauce at all.


Having wings for dinner and during the Super Bowl are the best time to eat wings although more than a quarter (28 percent) said wings can be eaten at any time, place, or occasion.


Still, 57 percent said they wouldn’t order wings on a first date – because it’s too messy, it isn’t classy, and to altogether avoid getting their hands dirty. The perfect wing is described as fried, with barbecue sauce and a side of French fries.


In response to the research data, Moore’s Marinades & Sauces has released a guide on how to cook and prepare your wings to perfection.


The chef de cuisine at Moore’s Marinade & Sauces said: “Chicken wings have been an American staple for generations and countless recipes have been created by people looking to personalize their wing dish.”


“As the results show, people are divided about the perfect way to enjoy the delicious American classic. Whether they’re grilled, fried, baked, sauced or dipped, the American people can’t get enough- and we know how they feel.”


“We have always honored the chicken wing here at Moore’s – from Spicy Habanero to Creamy Ranch, Buffalo to Honey BBQ – our six mouth-watering wing sauces will excite your every taste bud. We’ve always lived for wings, and it’s good to see Americans embrace the tasty treats as much as we do.”





Traditional BBQ sauce – not too spicy

Side of French fries




Honey BBQ

Buffalo with ranch dressing


Buffalo with blue cheese dressing

Asian Teriyaki

Garlic parmesan

Hickory smoked

Creamy ranch

Lemon garlic



French fries

Celery sticks

Potato wedges

Mozzarella sticks



Onion rings

Mac and cheese

Carrot sticks




Adult lifetime (78.94-18) – 60.94 years old according to the World Bank


3.33 chicken wing meals per month

x 7.25 chicken wings in one sitting

= 24.14 wings each month (289.68 wings every year)


289.68 chicken wings a year

x 60.94 adult years

= 17,653 wings in a lifetime



***This random double-opt-in survey was conducted by OnePoll, a market research company and corporate member of ESOMAR and adheres to the MRS code of conduct. For more information about OnePoll’s research in the media, navigate to their portfolio here: This survey of 2000 US adults was conducted between April 19, 2017, and April 28, 2017, by Market Researchers OnePoll and commissioned by Moore’s Marinades & Sauces.

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