The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

CNHI News Service Originals

October 5, 2012

Versatile and cheap, thighs are a chicken's best feature

If you read my column frequently, you know how much I love chicken thighs. They can be smoked, grilled or broiled. They can be made to taste like oversized Buffalo wings for a football game, or they can be dressed up to carry their weight as a fine dining main course.

And they are reasonably priced. This past week I bought four pounds of bone-in chicken thighs for $3.56. Yes, you read that correctly. You'll spend almost as much for a hot dog and chips at your local gas station.

So to say there is real value in chicken thighs in these tough economic times is like saying it hurts to fill up your gas tank.

Plus, chicken thighs are difficult to mess up.

Long considered the premium cut of the chicken, the breast can be temperamental, especially on the grill. In Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competitions, the breast was the meat used for years in the chicken category. (The official categories are chicken, ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket.) Now, the cut of choice is the thigh.

Not only does the thigh have a richer flavor, it is a moister cut with a larger margin of error. With the breast, there is about a two-minute window between perfectly done and dry and leathery.

Today's recipe is simple. And while I prefer it on a real charcoal grill, it is easily made on a gas grill, as well.

If you are using a kettle grill, set up the grill with indirect heat, which means piling 30 or so lit briquettes on one side of the grill. For a smoky flavor, sprinkle the coals with wood chips; any type will work. If you are doing gas, preheat the grill be lighting two or three of your burners, leaving an area of the grill without direct heat. We want the grill temperature to be 325 to 350 degrees.

Text Only
CNHI News Service Originals
  • Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 2.16.35 PM.png Are Americans smart to stop drinking diet sodas?

    Recent data from Beverage Digest suggest many are cutting back on diet sodas. Consumption of diet sodas fell more than that of sugary sodas in 2013. This raises two questions: Why is total consumption declining, and is drinking diet soda harmful to health?

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 10.43.57 AM.png VIDEO: Amazing dance moves at NCAA title game

    Eye-catching action wasn't confined to the court at AT&T Stadium Monday night during the NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky. This pair -- apparently a father and son -- delighted the crowd during a timeout with some synchronized dance moves.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • news_twitter.jpg Travelers fly on Air Twitter

    The enlightened age of social media has dawned over the airline industry, casting shadows over telephone call centers and on-site agents. Facebook and Twitter are racking up the friends and followers while the hold music plays on.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIDEO: White House may ban selfies

    The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung.

    April 8, 2014

  • 297px-Starbucks_Corporation_Logo_2011.svg.png Why Starbucks won't recycle your paper coffee cup

    When you drop that used white paper cup into the bin next to the door at a Starbucks, have you done your part to save the planet? Starbucks has long hoped that you would think so. After all, there's no better way to attract an affluent, eco-conscious clientele than to convince customers that your disposable product is "renewable."

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • A man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal

    Although not as celebrated as the late American amnesiac H.M., for my money K.C. taught us more important and poignant things about how memory works. He showed how we make memories personal and personally meaningful. He also had a heck of a life story.

    April 8, 2014

  • At many leading schools, football fails to make cut

    To my astonishment, 67 of the top 100 schools, ranked by participation in college-level tests, said they do not field a team, denoting a shift in American high school culture, at least in those schools that challenge their students most.

    April 8, 2014

  • Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers

    Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.

    April 6, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-04-04 at 3.36.06 PM.png 3 apps to make your flight easier

    Whether you fly once a week for work or once a year for a vacation, you can bet that all areas of your trip are being monitored by smart phones. While it isn't hard to find an app with your flight info, some apps make the process of flying a lot simpler.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don't blame voters for low turnout

    Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
    It won't happen. But if it did, pundits and activists would surely blame public apathy for such a catastrophe. I'd name a different culprit: the major parties, their candidates and their acolytes in the news media.

    April 6, 2014

Front page
Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.


What are your plans for the weekend?

Enjoying the outdoors
Staying in out of the heat
     View Results
AP Video
Olympics 2014
Featured Comment
Featured Ads
Blue Zones Project

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.