What in the world is going on?
A lack of supply and rising costs for chicken products such as breasts, wings and more is forcing restaurants to add other dark poultry meat to their menus and Americans are noticing it.
According to Fox Business, Americans are being forced to deal with menu options of less popular meat options such as thighs and legs instead of their preferred chicken breasts and tenders choices.
Poultry producer Perdue Farms Inc. has seen a 15% sales increase of boneless thighs in 2021 and have also seen a 20% gain in their ground chicken sales. Both of these food options are considered mostly dark meat which is less preferred overall.
Restaurants are forced to serve more un-preferred meat options like thighs because they simply cannot afford the high cost and tight supplies of breasts and tenders anymore. Restaurants are claiming they are forced to put dark meat options on their menu because they are cheaper to buy and more easily available.
Boneless skinless chicken breast, which is one of the most popular chicken options for many meat producers, only costed $1 a pound in December of 2020. Now, the same item is more than $2 a pound.