I think the single greatest “convenience food” conceived of in the last several years is the boneless chicken thigh. We all know that thigh meat is so much more flavorful and juicy than the breasts, which are prone to dry out and have little flavor. However, mainstream America loves the ubiquitous breast because they’re easy, particularly when they’re of the boneless variety. It’s easier to eat a piece of meat when bones aren’t involved, and that goes double for thighs. For many (or even for most), it’s too much of a pain to eat a chicken thigh, as the meat to bone ratio isn’t all that great.
Then came the boneless thigh. Hallelujah!
Boneless chicken thighs are flavorful. They’re easy to use and eat. And they’re also damn cheap. Hell, even Whole Foods charges only $3.49 a pound for these, and they’re often on sale. If you buy in bulk at Sam’s Club or Costco, you can get them for less than two bucks a pound. I’m not sure if there’s any other meat that’s as cheap as this. Read the rest of this entry »