Chicken fingers

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Chicken fingers
Crispy Chicken Strips - FotoosVanRobin.jpg
Alternative names Chicken tenders, chicken strips, chicken fillets
Course Appetizer, main course
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Chicken, breading
Cookbook:Chicken fingers  Chicken fingers

Chicken fingers, also known as chicken tenders, chicken goujons, chicken strips or chicken fillets, are chicken meat prepared from the pectoralis minor muscles of the animal. These strips of white meat are located on either side of the breastbone, under the breast meat (pectoralis major).[1][2]

Chicken fingers are prepared by dipping chicken meat in a breading mixture and then deep frying them, in a manner similar to the preparation of Schnitzel.[3]

In the Northeastern United States, chicken fingers served in Chinese restaurants are often made with an egg batter and have a smooth texture. They are commonly served either as an appetizer or as a main dish. Chicken fingers are a common snack in the U.S. [4]

Chinese chicken fingers

In other recipes, the breading mixture for chicken fingers can lack eggs and the texture of the dish itself can often be rather coarse. This version is often served alongside various dipping sauces. The dipping sauces can include: ketchup, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, Buffalo wing sauce, butter and garlic, plum sauce, curry mayonnaise, or sweet and sour sauce. Chicken fingers of this kind are often served in a basket with French fries, served on a garden salad, or in a sandwich, such as a wrap or on a bun.

Chicken fingers are offered by various fast food chains such as Chick-fil-A, Zaxby's, Raising Cane's, Guthrie's, Dairy Queen, KFC, McDonald's "Chicken Select Strips" and Church's Chicken "Tender Strips". They are also a common offering on children's menus in American restaurants.

See also


  1. ^ RecipeTips. "Chicken – Description of Parts".
  2. ^ "The History of Chicken Fingers". Leite's Culinaria.
  3. ^ Ellie Krieger. Crispy Chicken Fingers Recipe. Food Network
  4. ^ How can I make Chinese chicken fingers like in the northeast?. Retrieved on 2012-04-19.