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Ashmont
08-26-2011, 10:34 AM
I tell you I can believe all the people that rather white meat chicken. Grated I love the dark meat chicken but will eat the white meat chicken it it is the only stuff avail. Please vote and comment why.....

gtr
08-26-2011, 10:42 AM
Dark meat all the way - more flavorful and juicy imo. My whole family feels the same way - nobody's been stabbed in the hand with a serving fork yet but I know it's coming!

bluetang
08-26-2011, 10:45 AM
Dark here, more flavor and moister to me. Fresh cooked white isn't all bad, I'll eat it for sure, but the leftovers seem dry when compared to dark meat leftovers.

btcg
08-26-2011, 10:46 AM
Dark meat all the way - more flavorful and juicy imo. My whole family feels the same way - nobody's been stabbed in the hand with a serving fork yet but I know it's coming!


If your white meat is dry, it's the cook's fault. Keep a close eye on the internal temps (check several pieces) and when you're in the mid 160's, pull, wrap, and rest for an hour. Flavorful and juicy every time.

btcg
08-26-2011, 10:46 AM
Dark here, more flavor and moister to me. Fresh cooked white isn't all bad, I'll eat it for sure, but the leftovers seem dry when compared to dark meat leftovers.

Leftovers?????

What are those? :-D

TIMMAY
08-26-2011, 10:46 AM
Dark meat is really hard to screw up, however, when I cook whole birds breast down all the juice from the dark meat goes into the breast and keeps it moist. Makes for some tasty white meat when you inject the legs real good and all that ends up in the white meat. YUM.

Groundhog66
08-26-2011, 10:47 AM
I think thighs are the premium cut, but also love wings.

gtr
08-26-2011, 10:48 AM
If your white meat is dry, it's the cook's fault. Keep a close eye on the internal temps (check several pieces) and when you're in the mid 160's, pull, wrap, and rest for an hour. Flavorful and juicy every time.

The white meat's fine - not really looking for tips - thanks though! I just think the dark meat is better.

TIMMAY
08-26-2011, 10:48 AM
Dark here, more flavor and moister to me. Fresh cooked white isn't all bad, I'll eat it for sure, but the leftovers seem dry when compared to dark meat leftovers.

I have to agree with you on that one Blue.

btcg
08-26-2011, 10:50 AM
The white meat's fine. The dark meat is better.


So... you bought into it when your Dad told the kids he was giving you the best pieces, eh?

gtr
08-26-2011, 10:52 AM
So... you bought into it when your Dad told the kids he was giving you the best pieces, eh?

Still do! :-D

btcg
08-26-2011, 10:53 AM
Still do! :-D

You're a good son.

Will work for bbq
08-26-2011, 11:01 AM
Dark for me, leg quarters to be specific, wifie prefers the white, which works out perfect.

Shooter1
08-26-2011, 11:03 AM
Went with either because I will eat both now. When I was a kid I would only eat the drumsticks. My sister and I used to fight over them. Then I discovered the breast :shock:
and would only eat white meat for the longest time. Then it was wings, wings, and more wings. Now I guess I don't give a hoot, but the dark meat definitely has the most flavor.

deguerre
08-26-2011, 11:19 AM
If I'm just eating chicken, then the thigh is my absolute favorite, especially for flavor. However I do like the breast meat too, especially if Redhot cooked it. I can't imagine one of her quesadillas without the white meat. Tender, juicy and lighter flavored with less fat considering all the cheese and avocado slices. So I guess either...even if I do give a hoot as it depends on the dish.

Groundhog66
08-26-2011, 11:21 AM
If I'm just eating chicken, then the thigh is my absolute favorite, especially for flavor. However I do like the breast meat too, especially if Redhot cooked it. I can't imagine one of her quesadillas without the white meat. Tender, juicy and lighter flavored with less fat considering all the cheese and avocado slices. So I guess either...even if I do give a hoot as it depends on the dish.


You're such a suck up :wink:

Groundhog66
08-26-2011, 11:32 AM
How about some sexy thighs to set the mood...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5204/5238693324_e39daa0cb4_b.jpg


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5139/5444076104_1749852f51_b.jpg


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5250/5383354218_f0fe92063a_b.jpg


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5098/5443476123_c9631b8c27_b.jpg

thenicksfam
08-26-2011, 11:36 AM
I picked either, it all depends on the application as to which I prefer. I love both.

Sunra
08-26-2011, 11:45 AM
I picked either, it all depends on the application as to which I prefer. I love both.

Same here love 'em both.

JD08
08-26-2011, 11:54 AM
White most of the time, dark for others.

What I really want to know is baby backs or spares?

El Lobo
08-26-2011, 11:59 AM
White meat... bigger chunks of meat, less work to get at. Also more versatile, ever try chicken Cordon Bleu with a leg?

deguerre
08-26-2011, 12:03 PM
You're such a suck up :wink:

Seriously, I've NEVER cooked a good chicken breast on the grill. Always dry. I think I'm cursed or something.:-D

Bonewagon
08-26-2011, 12:06 PM
I like 'em both equally provided it's been cooked well. Quarters are my favorites though.

ymmiT
08-26-2011, 01:08 PM
I think thighs are the premium cut, but also love wings.
Agreed

El Ropo
08-26-2011, 01:28 PM
Quarters are my favorite as well, pretty hard to mess them up.

Lake Dogs
08-26-2011, 01:29 PM
MMMMM mmmmm grilled chicken!

Good stuff.

cdollar
08-26-2011, 02:08 PM
I love the dark, my wife loves the white, perfect.




Chuck

Grillman
08-26-2011, 02:23 PM
Most people overcook Chicken....cooked properly, white meat is very good.
But it still can't compare the the flavor of the dark meat.

The thigh is the "Prime Rib" of the Chicken.

Johnny_Crunch
08-26-2011, 02:26 PM
Tim, those are some sexy thighs indeed! I love me some drumsticks and thighs. :thumb:

Fatback Joe
08-26-2011, 02:39 PM
I suppose I prefer the dark if I just had to make a choice, but really I don't care.

I usually just wind up with whatever the wife and kids leave behind. :rolleyes:


I ate so much chicken practicing for comps in the past, that I don't really give a fark if I eat it at all.

Bill-Chicago
08-26-2011, 03:01 PM
I tell you I can believe all the people that rather white meat chicken. Grated I love the dark meat chicken but will eat the white meat chicken it it is the only stuff avail. Please vote and comment why.....

So you prefer dark meat chicken that has been run through a grater?


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Smokey Al Gold
08-26-2011, 03:08 PM
I love white meat I always have but I do enjoy thighs and legs :-P I've practiced alot and I can cook juicy breasts everytime now. It's my fav.

EastSideRich
08-26-2011, 03:40 PM
I'm a dark meat guy as well.
I like white meat too, but feel like it needs some additional flavor, like a sauce, bacon (although, I guess everything is better with bacon), or various condiments.
Dark meat has a better flavor on its own.
I guess it also depends on what I'm doin with it. I guess if I'm using the chicken in a dish, I tend to use breast meat, but just eating a piece of chicken I prefer thighs.

And Groundhog:
even those brussel sprouts look good!

Groundhog66
08-26-2011, 04:29 PM
And Groundhog:
even those brussel sprouts look good!


Thank you, they turn out quite tasty on the pit...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5175/5444076748_429ea507db_b.jpg



Sorry for the temporary hijack, now back to chicken :becky:

righteousdog
08-26-2011, 08:26 PM
white

breast quarters

skin-on

to be specific

it's a textural thing :icon_smile_tongue:

El Ropo
08-26-2011, 08:42 PM
WTF is a breast quarter?

The only quarters I know of are a combo of leg and thigh (all dark meat)

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz189/ElRopo/July3chicken002.jpg

Shiz-Nit
08-26-2011, 09:20 PM
Dark for me

Dallas Dan
08-26-2011, 10:50 PM
In general, most men prefer dark meat and most women prefer white meat. I prefer dark but have acquired a taste for white because of how I have learned to cook it to be moist and not dry.

Boshizzle
08-26-2011, 10:57 PM
Dark meat with the skin. Why? Because it is supposedly the worst for you.

RustyGrill
08-26-2011, 11:06 PM
Dark meat. I'll eat any of it, but at heart I'm a thigh man!

pitbossJB
08-26-2011, 11:14 PM
Thighs are the best, but now i've seen the light, now that's a piece of chicken!! jb

WTF is a breast quarter?

The only quarters I know of are a combo of leg and thigh (all dark meat)

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz189/ElRopo/July3chicken002.jpg

Boshizzle
08-26-2011, 11:21 PM
Dark meat. I'll eat any of it, but at heart I'm a thigh man!

Me too.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=326&pictureid=2549

righteousdog
08-27-2011, 08:21 AM
WTF is a breast quarter?

(1) take whole chicken.

(2) cut into 4

i guess split chicken breast may better suit you, then sell the wing seperately for twice as much per pound...

InTheRedZoneBBQ
08-27-2011, 09:10 AM
Definitely like the dark meat better (the extra fat in the thighs just renders it with more flavor IMO). The son and I like dark, my wife and daughter like white, so it works out great!

Seachaser
08-27-2011, 10:17 AM
Dark here also. I have proven this several times. All of my in in-laws claim to be white meat eaters. After church on Sunday, I have to pick up a bucket of chicken (when they are down and don't have time to cook). I pick up half and half. All of the dark and wings are gone and there are usually 3 or 4 white pieces left.