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Chicken fingers
Crispy Chicken Strips - FotoosVanRobin.jpg
Alternative names
  • Chicken tenders
  • chicken strips
  • chicken fillets
  • chicken goujons
  • tendies
CourseAppetizer, main course
Place of originUnited States
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsChicken, breading

Chicken fingers, also known as chicken tenders, chicken goujons, chicken strips, tendies[1] or chicken fillets, are chicken meat prepared from the pectoralis minor muscles of the animal.[2] These strips of white meat are located on either side of the breastbone, under the breast meat (pectoralis major).[3] They may also be made with similarly shaped pieces cut from chicken meat, usually the breast, or sometimes just pulverized chicken flesh.[4]

Chicken fingers are prepared by coating chicken meat in a breading mixture and then deep frying them, in a manner similar to the preparation of schnitzel.[5] Chicken fingers are a popular fast-food snack in the U.S.[6]

Chicken fingers were first made and named by the owners/operators of Spanky's in Savannah, Georgia. One of the original owners, Ansley Williams, continues to operate Spanky's today and it is known as the Home of the Original Chicken Finger.[7]

Batter-coated deep-fried chicken fingers with a dipping sauce, served in an American Chinese restaurant

Mass production

Chicken fingers are a mass-produced product in the United States.[8] Production can involve coating chicken meat with spices, polyphosphate and breading or crumbs, flash-frying the product to hold the breading in place, and then freezing it[8] prior to shipment for consumer, retail and commercial use. Tyson Foods is one such company that mass-produces chicken fingers.[9] Some are manufactured with a specific flavor profile, such as with a Buffalo-style hot sauce flavor.[9]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "The History of Chicken Fingers". Leite's Culinaria.
  3. ^ RecipeTips. "Chicken – Description of Parts".
  4. ^ "Give a hand for homemade chicken fingers".
  5. ^ Ellie Krieger. Crispy Chicken Fingers Recipe. Food Network
  6. ^ How can I make Chinese chicken fingers like in the northeast?. Retrieved on 2012-04-19.
  7. ^ Heitz, Kelly (1 April 2016). "The Story of the Chicken Finger". South magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b Booth, R.G. (2012). Snack Food. Springer US. p. 222. ISBN 978-1-4613-1477-6. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Bangura, Fatima (April 17, 2019). "You still can't eat Tyson Buffalo-style chicken strips sold in Michigan". WSYM-TV. Retrieved April 26, 2019.

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