Chicken Thighs vs. Chicken Breasts. And the Winner is…

Ah yes, it’s the age-old debate that has vexed cooks the world over for generations: breast or thigh? 

The good news is…both are winners (Winner winner chicken dinner!); it’s just a matter of personal preference. Here’s why: 

Thighs: Chicken thighs are the favorite cut of dark meat poultry with chefs and home cooks for a reason. In a nutshell, they are easy to cook, less expensive than breasts, incredibly delicious, and you can use them all the same ways you do breasts. The key difference between thighs and breasts is fat content. Thighs tend to be fattier, but don’t be alarmed; it’s the good kind of fat! Thighs are rich in monosaturated fat, which can help control cholesterol, lower heart disease risk, and even help with weight loss. But it’s the thigh’s added fat and dark meat that makes them the hands-down winner when it comes to flavor! 

As we said, chicken thighs can be cooked the same way as breasts — from skewers to tacos to curries to BBQ, and more. Simply thaw frozen thighs in the fridge overnight and get cooking!

For extra tasty thighs, try our spicy and delicious Jerk Marinade

Breasts: The chicken breast, taken from the front of the bird, is a hot commodity for lean protein and is a particularly healthy part of an already all-around nutritious bird. The low-fat protein helps build and maintain muscle mass, strengthens bones, and can help you feel full faster. However, it’s a myth that white meat is significantly healthier than dark meat. While white meat has less fat and fewer calories than dark meat, most chicken fat lives in the skin rather than the meat. 

Breasts are known for their versatility, and you can cook them countless ways — from baking, broiling, and BBQing to frying, grilling, and roasting — on the grill, in a skillet, in the over, or even in your instant pot. No matter which cooking method you choose, try our easy-to-prepare Balsamic Rosemary Marinade for a flavor punch. 

Whichever cut you choose, chicken delivers a nutritious, delicious, and convenient meal any night of the week.