Review: Buffalo Wild Wings Boneless Thursdays

Buffalo Wild Wings has been a favorite of mine since my college days when friends and I could eat as many wings as we could handle on a Tuesday night. I never cared what sport was playing because the goal was to score as many wings as I could eat under $10. Now the franchise has come up with a new spin on their free wings nights by offering the new Boneless Thursdays – buy one get one free on boneless chicken wings. An extra day per week with discounted wings is a “win” for wing-lovers everywhere.

Mid-Week Wing Deals

Buffalo Wild Wings ran their Buy One Get One Free Wings special on Tuesdays for over three decades before retiring it and rolling out other promotions. This was a major disappointment to fans everywhere who took their grievances out via social media. After two years of fans requesting BWW bring back their free wings Tuesdays, the franchise revived their BOGO traditional wings special. 

Surely to make up for those lost BOGO years, Buffalo Wild Wings just rolled out their new promo Boneless Thursdays. As of January 2020, now you can enjoy boneless juicy all-white chicken wings at the same low price of buy one get one free. You can choose any of their 22 sauces or 5 dry rubs, and you can order them in any size – snack, small, medium, or large. It feels like this brings the weekend just a little closer. 

This deal is offered to customers dining in at all Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar locations. Some locations may also offer this special for takeout orders, but you’ll want to check with your local restaurant to be sure. 

Photo from Buffalo Wild Wings

More Than 20 Signature Sauces to Choose From

The Boneless Thursday promo is not valid with other offers, which means you can’t order the wings as a combo meal and still receive the BOGO deal. But that’s ok – you can order your variation of taste and heat by choosing any of Buffalo Wild Wings’ 22 sauces that will have you smilin’, sizzlin’, or screamin’! There is a five-wing per sauce minimum, so I like to pick a mild, medium, and hot flavor option and dig in. 

  1. Sweet BBQ
  2. Salt and Vinegar Seasoning
  3. Teriyaki
  4. Bourbon Honey Mustard
  5. Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  6. Mild
  7. Parmesan Garlic
  8. Honey BBQ
  9. Medium
  10. Chipotle BBQ Seasoning
  11. Spicy Garlic
  12. Buffalo Seasonings
  13. Asian Zing
  14. Desert Heat Seasoning
  15. Jammin Jalapeno
  16. Thai Curry
  17. Caribbean Jerk
  18. Hot BBQ
  19. Hot
  20. Mango Habanero
  21. Wild
  22. Blazin

Buffalo Wild Wings also offers five dry rubs.

  1. Salt and Vinegar
  2. Lemon Pepper
  3. Chipotle BBQ
  4. Buffalo 
  5. Desert Heat

What’s is Boneless Thursday?

Buffalo Wild Wings’ Boneless Thursday is the same deal as their BOGO special that’s run on Tuesdays, except on Thursdays, the promotion is for their boneless wings, instead of their traditional bone-in wings. You can purchase any size and receive a second order of equal size or smaller for free. The snack size comes with at least 7 boneless wings, the small order comes with at least 10, the medium order comes with at least 15, and the large order comes with at least 20. Some boneless wings are a  bit small, so you may get a few more than expected – double win. But are they as good as the traditional wings?

1.      Taste and Texture [4/5]

Not all wings are created equal. The texture of the boneless wings is a bit different from Buffalo Wild Wings’ traditional bone-in wings. Boneless wings have a heavier breaded batter than traditional wings, and they don’t have that fun peel-off-the-bone bite to them, which is most of the fun in eating wings. 

The chicken itself is all-white, juicy, breaded, and crispy if you order with a dry rub. You can eat each boneless wing in a bite or two, but they taste more like a chicken nugget than a wing. If you want your boneless wings to taste more like traditional wings, you can do what I did and order them with buffalo sauces and a side of blue cheese. 

Buffalo Wild Wings offers five dry rubs, which are more like powdery seasonings coated on top of crispy breaded batter. They range in heat from a very mild Salt and Vinegar rub to a spicy Desert Heat with smoky and sweet pepper flavors. 

Boneless wings are not as crispy when served with any of the signature sauces, which is fine with me. I love a sauce-soaked wing, even if I can’t pick it off the bone. 

2. Are they Healthy? [2/5]

Wings are fried and usually covered with deliciously fatty sauces, making them some of the more unhealthy options at Buffalo Wild Wings. The boneless wings are breaded and fried, and each three-piece serving contains 150 calories and 10 grams of fat. One way to keep the fat and cholesterol levels down is by opting out of the signature sauces and choosing a dry rub instead. 

You could also order the Naked Tenders, which are grilled tenders that aren’t breaded or fried. However, they aren’t included in the Boneless Thursday deal. To make them taste good, you’d have to dunk them in the sauce anyway, so you might as well take the deal and run off the calories Friday.  

3. Are they Worth it? [4/5]

Buffalo Wild Wings already has decent prices, so I don’t mind eating there any day of the week. For  Boneless Thursdays, the deal is even sweeter because you can essentially eat for half the price or eat twice as many for the same price. Any way you look at it, the price value is on point. 

Photo from Buffalo Wild Wings

If you prefer to eat your wings with a fork, save some napkins and skip the toothpicks afterward – Boneless Thursdays are the perfect deal for you. 

Boneless wings are also much easier if you have small children with you because these are basically like chicken nuggets. You could order any of the more mild sauces such as Sweet BBQ, Teriyaki, Honey Mustard, Mild, or Parmesan Garlic. You could also order a mild dry rub such as Lemon Pepper.

Final Verdict

Buffalo Wild Wings Boneless Thursdays is a new promotion, so it hasn’t had time to live up to its BOGO Wings Tuesday, but it’s catching on.  For me, I prefer bone-in wings – the experience is more fun, messier, and more hands-on. But my kids prefer boneless wings, which is fine with me – I only have to clean up my mess.

Boneless Wings Nutrition

Buffalo Wild Wings issued a statement on their allergen guide page about their food preparation procedures. Because of their shared cooking and prep areas, they aren’t able to eliminate the risk of cross-contacting food items. Therefore, they cannot guarantee or certify that any specific menu item is free of any allergen, and no items are certified as gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan

6 Count Boneless Wings, add Signature Sauce or Dry Seasoning 

360 Calories
19 g Fat
7 g Saturated Fat
1 g Trans Fat
85 mg of Cholesterol
1260 mg Sodium
20 g Carbs 1
G Fiber
0 g Sugar
29 g Protein

You can check the complete nutrition guide with Buffalo Wild Wings’ signature sauces here

Are You Wingin’ It?

Tell us, have you tried Buffalo Wild Wings’ Boneless Thursday? Or do you stick to the traditional bone-in Tuesday special? Do you have a favorite sauce or dry rub for either wing option? We’d love to hear it in the comments below.  

Photo by Javcon117 under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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