Chicken leg name confusion
I used to get packages of "chicken leg quarters". These seem to be out of stock in my area recently. Sticking to the general legs part of a chicken, I noticed there are quite a few different pre-packaged options:
- Chicken leg quarters
- Chicken legs
- Chicken thighs
- Chicken drumsticks
I guess a "drumstick" is the lower leg, and the "thigh" the upper leg. Then a "leg" would be the whole thing, right? But what's a "leg quarter" then?
I got some legs yesterday, and they appear at first glance to be the same as leg quarters, but I don't have the two to compare side by side. Also, I remember the leg quarters being the cheapest chicken around, about $0.80/pound if I remember right. The legs yesterday were something like $1.05/pound.
These are all the same house brand from the same store (Market Basket in Massachusetts in case that matters), but I also noticed the same labeling from national brands like Perdue.
So what's the difference between a leg and leg quarter, and why is the latter cheaper? What specifically do all the various names really mean?