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Buffalo Wild Wings joked that its 'hamburgers contain no ham' after being sued over its boneless wings – which aren't actually wings

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Buffalo Wild Wings joked that its 'hamburgers contain no ham' after being sued over its boneless wings – which aren't actually wings
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Boneless wings are made from strips or chunks of chicken breast meat.    bhofack2/Getty Images, Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • A customer filed a lawsuit against Buffalo Wild Wings over its boneless wings not actually being wings.
  • The chain admitted that its boneless wings are all white meat and its hamburgers "contain no ham."

Buffalo Wild Wings joked on Twitter that its hamburgers "contain no ham" after a customer filed a lawsuit over its boneless wings not actually being wings.

Aimen Halim filed the class-action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Friday, saying that the chicken chain sold boneless wings that were "more akin, in composition, to a chicken nugget rather than a chicken wing."

Despite their deceptive name, boneless wings are typically made from strips or chunks of chicken breast meat, rather than being a de-boned wing.

Ongoing demand for chicken wings in recent years has pushed up prices and made it harder for restaurants to get their hands on supplies – given that chickens only have two wings, this dish is also inherently limited. Because of this, boneless wings, made from much more abundant breast meat, have cropped up and become a more popular option.

Halim's lawsuit accused Buffalo Wild Wings of "false and deceptive marketing," saying that customers would expect the product to be deboned chicken wings, based on its name.

"The Products are not wings at all, but instead, slices of chicken breast meat deep-fried like wings," the lawsuit says.

Buffalo Wild Wings, which has more than 1,200 restaurants worldwide, responded to the lawsuit with a sarcastic tweet on Monday.

"It's true," the restaurant chain tweeted. "Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken. Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo."

Buffalo Wild Wings' menu says that the boneless wings are made from "juicy all-white chicken" which is marinated in spices and then breaded. The company started selling them in 2003 and says they quickly became one of its most popular menu items.

The court dismissed the lawsuit on Monday saying that it had inadequately stated where the two companies named in the complaint – Buffalo Wild Wings and parent company Inspire Brands – are incorporated. The court has given Halim until March 27 to file an amended complaint.

Halim said in the lawsuit that he had filed it in Illinois because that was where he had bought his boneless wings.




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