Right Stuff vs. Food Porn
CHICKEN DONE RIGHT
It doesn't matter if you're looking at a big brand of breaded chicken patties like Tyson or Perdue—or at (chicken-less) Boca Chik'n or MorningStar Farms Chik patties. Either way, you can expect 400 to 600 milligrams of sodium in each 2.5 to 3 oz. patty. Good luck staying under the recommended max (1,500 mg a day).
That is, unless you pick up frozen Bell & Evans Breaded or Applegate Naturals Chicken Patties. Each Bell & Evans patty (4 oz. uncooked) has just 300 mg of sodium. Applegate's 3 oz. patties (they come cooked) get by with just 210 mg. Bland? No way. You'd never know they had roughly half the sodium of the big brands.
Both Bell & Evans and Applegate come out moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. Just pop them in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes (you can microwave Applegate's for 1½ minutes) and serve. Delish.
Bonus: neither brand uses chickens that have been raised using antibiotics. Bell & Evans' suppliers let their chickens roam free. Applegate's birds are raised on "sustainable family farms in a stress-free environment that promotes natural behavior and socialization."
You could cut the sodium even further by cooking your own fresh chicken and coating it with unsalted breading. But some days, that's two steps too many. With Bell & Evans or Applegate, just throw a few in the oven, grab some whole-grain buns, make a hefty salad, and set the table.
Can you take a hint, Boca? How about it, MorningStar? C'mon, Tyson. Let's go, Perdue. Less-salty patties couldn't be rocket science.
Bell & Evans: (717) 865-6626
Applegate: (866) 587-5858
Let's see. Should you order Buffalo Wild Wings' Traditional Wings or its "all-white chicken" Boneless Wings? No problem. The restaurant offers a Traditional & Boneless Combo—six of each, served with french fries and coleslaw. How convenient.
The six Traditional Wings deliver 670 calories and 22 grams of saturated fat plus 2 grams of trans fat, thanks in part to deep-fried fatty wing meat and skin. Think of them as a 14 oz. New York strip steak. The half-dozen Boneless Wings pack 580 calories, 12 grams of sat fat, and 1 gram of trans. They’re a 10 oz. New York strip steak.
How does chicken end up with as much saturated fat as beef? Simple. Buffalo fries its wings—and its french fries—in beef tallow.
With the fries (which are equal to a 9 oz. sirloin steak) plus coleslaw and blue cheese dressing, the Combo hits the jackpot: 2,260 calories (more than a day's worth), 53 grams of sat fat (a 2½-day supply), and 4 grams of trans fat (2 days' worth).
And don't forget the 5,960 milligrams of sodium (enough to take you from Monday through Thursday).
Buffalo Wild Wings is known as "the wing capital of the world" because the chain sells "on average 21 million traditional and boneless wings each week."
To update a '60s classic, "Wild Wings, you make my cardiologist sing."
Buffalo Wild Wings: (952) 593-9943
Dish of the Month
For a dazzling topping for 4 cups of broccoli, cauliflower, or any other steamed vegetable, sauté ½ lb. of sliced mushrooms (any kind) in 2 Tbs. of extra-virgin olive oil in a large pan until well browned. Add 2 Tbs. of balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbs. of reduced-sodium soy sauce and sauté until dry.