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It’s Stacy: Healthy Eats — Chicken “Things”

Chicken “Things”

My Great Grandmother, Arizona Henry, was not a fan of chicken wings. She told me they were like eating feathered chicken skin on bones that would give you the poops. Grandma said the best piece of the chicken was the thigh because it was always tender and moist, no matter how overcooked. She would cut the thigh into two pieces and call them chicken “things.”

Chicken thighs are affordable and make a great source of protein if you are on a budget. Skinless chicken thighs are high in protein. A small chicken thigh is about 135 calories. They have zero carbohydrates, making them a good food for people with diabetes. Chicken contains vitamin B12, tryptophan, choline, zinc, iron, and copper.

4 lbs. skinless chicken thighs

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup BBQ Sauce

1/4 cup Hot Sauce


  1. Cut chicken thighs in half. (1 will have a bone in).
  2. Place in baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
  4. Pour the BBQ sauce over half the raw chicken thighs.
  5. Drizzle the hot sauce over the other half.
  6. Cook in oven on 400 for 20 minutes or until done.
  7. Serve with ranch or bleu cheese dressing.


Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.