There are two types of people in this world: dark meat people and white meat people. These aren’t just people who eat the thigh versus people who eat the breast; the fundamental differences between these people stretch far beyond chicken part preference. In short, if you prefer white meat, you’re a part of the problem, not the solution. Here’s why.
White Meat Isn’t Healthier
Dark meat is dark because it contains more myoglobin, a protein that transports oxygen to muscle cells. Muscles that are used more frequently are a little darker, and the color of the meat has barely any bearing on calorie content. There’s some more fat in dark meat than white meat, but the majority of the saturated fat is found in the skin, which can be removed and is also present in white meat. Dark meat is also higher in zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, vitamins B12 and B6, iron, and amino acids than white meat, and is higher in taurine, which has been found to lower the risk of coronary heart disease. Dark meat is loaded with nutrients; white meat is essentially just protein.
Dark Meat Tastes Better
This is indisputable: Dark meat tastes about 50 times better than white meat. White meat gets tough and stringy if it’s overcooked by 10 seconds; dark meat stays tender and juicy. In the flavor department, there’s no competition.
Chicken Breast Is the Worst Item on Any Menu
Unless it’s breaded and fried, chicken breast is the downfall of just about every menu it’s on. It’s on there just for people who are stuck in their ways, and it’s never actually very good.
Chicken Breast Is the Worst, Period
Unless you’re looking to protein-load, there’s no reason to opt for chicken breast over chicken thighs or legs. The chicken leg is the tastiest part of that animal, and you know it.