July 1st

International Chicken Wing Day -

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Celebrated each year on July 1st, International Chicken Wing Day is a global event that pays tribute to the well-loved dish of chicken wings. This day recognizes the various ways chicken wings can be prepared and savored across numerous global cuisines.

International Chicken Wing Day serves as an occasion for food lovers to gather, enjoy, and celebrate the extraordinary place chicken wings hold in the food world, whether they are served crispy, slathered in barbecue sauce, or doused in a spicy flavor.

History of International Chicken Wing Day

Chicken wings haven’t always been cherished. In fact, once upon a time, they were deemed least desirable, often disposed of, or utilized for broths. Their prestige rose in the West during the mid 20th century and it’s linked to the advent of Buffalo wings at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York.

Owners, Teressa and Frank Bellissimo, began dishing out the wings back in 1964. The backstory suggests that they mistakenly got a bulk order of wings, instead of chicken necks and backs required for spaghetti sauces. Rather than returning the shipment, Teressa had an ingenious idea. With a unique sauce, she fried these wings and presented them with a side of celery and blue cheese dressing. This new innovative dish was hence known as the Buffalo wings, paying homage to their city of origin.

As Buffalo Bills, the NFL team, started to gain recognition, Buffalo wings too became known to the national audience. In 1980, McDonald’s also attempted to offer breaded chicken wings, though the venture was not profitable and was eventually discontinued. However, the popularity of chicken wings saw resurgence in the 1990s when chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Hooters included them in their menus.

Chicken wings’ prominence rocketed in the 2010s due to two main reasons - the uprising of gourmet food culture and food TV shows’ influence. Culinary experts began experimenting with different sauces, glazes and cooking techniques, while food TV shows showcased the delectable allure of wings.

International Chicken Wing Day Timeline

Ancient Roman time

Chicken wings were not the focal point of the meal in Ancient Rome but they used to roast chicken wings along with other parts of chicken.

Introduction of Chicken Wings in Western Cuisine

Chicken wings began to be incorporated in western cuisine, often smoked or boiled in soups and broths.

Invention of the Buffalo Chicken Wing

Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, deep-fried some chicken wings and coated them in Frank's RedHot sauce, creating the iconic Buffalo wing.

Widespread Popularity

Through the 1980s and 1990s, chicken wings grew in popularity with establishments like Buffalo Wild Wings and Wingstop establishing themselves as major chains focused on the dish.

Super Bowl Sunday

The popularity of chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday has led to them being considered a quintessential American football food.

Chicken Wings and Pandemic

Despite a global pandemic, the demand for chicken wings remained robust, with consumption rising as individuals stayed home.

International Chicken Wing Day

July 1st of each year is recognized as International Chicken Wing Day, celebrating the love for chicken wings around the world.

Ideas to Celebrate International Chicken Wing Day

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Host a Chicken Wing Cook-Off

Invite friends and family for a friendly chicken wing cook-off. Everyone must bring their own unique chicken wing recipe. This not only allows you to taste a variety of chicken wings but also brings fun and laughter.

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Visit Well-known Wing Joints

Take time off to visit well-known chicken wing joints in your city. You can invite your friends to join you to try the different flavors of chicken wings available.

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DIY Chicken Wings Recipe Book

Start creating your own chicken wings recipe book by compiling your favorite chicken wing recipes you’ve tried. You can share this book with loved ones.

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Themed Chicken Wing Party

Host a chicken wing party with a specific theme. It could be based on the flavors of the wings like BBQ, garlic parmesan, or based on a particular cuisine like Korean or Buffalo wings.

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Trying the Hottest Chicken Wings

Test your tolerance for spicy food by trying out the hottest chicken wings in town. Make sure to have milk on hand to douse the fire.

8 Interesting Facts About Chicken Wings



Chicken wings were reportedly first made popular in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York when owners, Teressa and Frank Bellissimo, used rightover wings to whip up a midnight snack.


Super Bowl Frenzy

Americans eat more than 1.4 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend, according to the National Chicken Council.


World's Hottest Wing

The world's hottest chicken wing is reportedly the 'Triple Atomic Wing' at Quaker Steak & Lube, which measures over 500,000 Scoville units.


Three Sections

A chicken wing is composed of three parts: the 'drumette', the 'flat' and the chicken 'wing tip'.


Chicken Wing Eating Champion

The record for eating the most chicken wings is held by Aussie James Webb who ate 276 Buffalo wings in 12 minutes, topping American legend Joey Chestnut for wing king crown.


Flavor Variety

Chicken wings are one of the most versatile foods in terms of flavor. They can be spiced up with a multitude of flavors like, buffalo, barbecue, honey mustard, teriyaki and more.


Buffalo Wings

Despite their name, Buffalo wings have nothing to do with buffalo. The name comes from the city where they were first popularized, Buffalo, New York.


Healthier Option

Baked or grilled chicken wings are a healthier alternative to the traditional fried wings.

International Chicken Wing Day FAQs

Next International Chicken Wing Day Dates

Year Date Day
2023 July 1st Saturday
2024 July 1st Monday
2025 July 1st Tuesday
2026 July 1st Wednesday
2027 July 1st Thursday
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International Chicken Wing Day Word Search

  • Chicken
  • Wings
  • Buffalo
  • Fried
  • Sauce
  • Grilled