The Arkansas state bird should have been a chicken.
Growing up in the rural River Valley, chickens were a part of the day to day and often on the dinner table at the end of the day. Chickens are cheap to keep, backyard accessible, and delicious. What more could you ask for from a bird? I understand the criteria for consideration as official state bird might be more stringent. But “Arkansas” and “chickens” go together like peas and carrots, like biscuits and gravy, like ice cream and cobbler.
Chickens are also quite versatile… on the plate, I mean. You can fry them, roast them, grill them, boil them, and you can season them with just about anything in the kitchen cabinet. They’ll always come out scrumptious. But I’m here to tell you about one way you’ve likely never tried chicken— covered in peanut butter and drizzled with grape jelly.
You read that correctly.
You can get this incredible creation at Smackin’ Wings and Things, a food truck soon-to-be brick and mortar eatery in Russellville. Ask for the PB&J wings and get an order of Buffalo chili cheese fries for accompaniment. After a few bites of each, you’ll crave the spicy kick cutting through that sweet smoothness of peanut butter and grape jelly slathered on those meaty wings.
Three great tastes that taste great together. Why hasn’t someone thought of this before?