Buffalo Wild Wings Lawsuit Calls Its Chicken Wings Into Serious Question, Here’s Why

A Chicago man has filed a class action lawsuit against Buffalo Wild Wings, claiming that the chain's boneless chicken wings should not be labeled as such because they use meat from chicken breasts, not wings.

By Ryan Clancy | Published

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People have their own ideas about how things should be presented, and the man who filed a class-action lawsuit again Buffalo Wild Wings is no different. He has called into question Buffalo Wild Wings’ incredibly popular boneless wings and wants to clarify an important question. Can a boneless chicken wing actually be called a proper chicken wing?

Yes, with everything going on in the world, he is so worried about this that he is, in fact, taking them to court to get this question clarified. He purchased a portion of boneless wings from Buffalo Wild Wings in January. He believed that from the description, the chicken meat he received would be chicken wings with the bones removed. But he was horrified when he received chicken breasts instead. 

If the plaintiff, Aimen Halim, knew he would be served chicken breasts, he would have opted for something else on the menu or gone to a different restaurant serving “true” boneless chicken wings. Furthermore, he thinks that Buffalo Wild Wings knows that they are misrepresenting and falsely describing these boneless chicken wings to unknowing customers like himself. 

Buffalo Wild Wings have yet to comment on the matter, but they tweeted a message poking fun at their new lawsuit. The tweet stated, “It’s true. Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken. Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo.”

While they haven’t stipulated why they have not used wing meat, it may be due to the price. Wing meat is $3 more expensive per pound when compared to chicken breast, which is a huge difference.

This increase in the price of chicken wings dates back to the last recession in 2009 when people favored chicken wings over chicken breast. Chicken farmers would produce large birds with a lot of white meat that could feed many people and be very nutritious, but they still only had two wings. Wings became something with a limited amount, and when something is exclusive, it increases in value. 

Within the lawsuit filed by the disgruntled Chicago man, he asks the court to put in an injunction to curb Buffalo Wild Wings from producing and selling any more “boneless wings” at over 1,200 locations across America. 

With Buffalo Wild Wings competitors calling their version of bones meats an alternative name like chicken poppers, the claimant feels like a restaurant that has “wings” in its name should be more careful with what they portray as “wings.”

Of course, the lawsuit also looks for compensation for the money lost by Halim for ordering something that wasn’t was it was described to be and for all other disgruntled people who bought fake chicken wings in Illinois. 

This isn’t the first class-action lawsuit against a food company or restaurant, with these cases becoming increasingly frequent. Many of these lawsuits are calling companies misleading and deceptive, just like this one. From 2008 to 2021, these types of lawsuits have increased from 18 to over 300, which is mind-boggling. 

While everyone should get what they order in a restaurant, is it overstepping the mark to take a company to court over something so small? The wings were probably still nice, whether they were genuine chicken wing meat or chicken breast.