Chicken Wings: Flats VS. Drumsticks

An image of chicken wings from Atomic Wings titled Flats vs Wings
October 11, 2023

Hey chicken enthusiasts! Do you have a favorite chicken wing to munch on? We're not referring to the sauces and rubs that add flavor, although those can make a world of difference in taste. We’re talking about the meat itself. Some prefer flats, some prefer drumsticks, and some love both! Not sure about the difference between the two? We’re here to educate you.  

Flat wings from Atomic Wings

Chicken Flats: Making for Effortless Bites

Chicken flats, also known as Wingettes, refer to the middle part of a chicken's wing which is located between the drum and the wing tip. They are called flats due to their leveled shape, and have two thin bones that run parallel to each other down the leg. The flats consist of tender dark meat that is covered with skin. A chicken flat makes for an efficient bite, requiring minimal effort.

Chicken Drumsticks: More Meat, More Bone

A chicken drumstick is the lower portion of the chicken leg, which is separated from the thigh. Compared to the wing, there is more meat on a drumstick, making it a preferred choice for many. However, the bone on the drumstick is larger, making it a bit more challenging to eat. One can choose to have it served with or without the skin, which may affect their personal preference.

Wings from Atomic Wings

What’s the Difference?

To some people, chicken is chicken. However, when deciding what to eat or serve a group of people, it’s important to note the differences between flats and drumsticks. 

  • Flats generally have less meat, but have a higher skin-to-meat ratio, meaning each bite is packed with crispy skin and tons of flavor. 
  • Drumsticks are usually more affordable than wings
  • Drumsticks have less calories and saturated fats due to having more meat and less skin.
  • Flats, and wings in general, have more protein than in drumsticks. 

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Is your mouth watering yet?! Check out our menu to view all of our delicious items that are made with the freshest ingredients. Our app is available for download allowing you to order online real-time or in advance. Not sure where the closest Atomic Wings is to you? Find your wing spot on our locations page. What are you waiting for? Order today and get excited for your tastebuds to be blown away!