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Chicken Fingers Were Created In Baton Rouge, Savannah Or Manchester (NH)?


Chicken Finger Day was founded by Raising Cane’s, a Louisiana-based fast food chain that produces southern chicken fingers. Raising Cane’s, founded in 1996, has over 385 restaurants in over 24 states as well as international countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.

  • 1960s – The inventor of the chicken nugget was Robert C Baker, a professor at Cornell University, qualified in food science, who published the recipe in an academic paper in the early 1960s.
  • 1974 – The Puritan Backroom in Manchester, N.H., claims to have invented chicken fingers in 1974, writes USA Today.
  • 1976 – Three friends (Alben Yarborough, Ansley Williams, and Dusty Yarborough) began construction on Spanky’s down on River Street In Savannah. Originally, they planned on opening a pizza and burger joint.  Alben, on the other hand, wouldn’t print a menu without some chicken on it.
    • Alben decided to make a chicken breast sandwich. The breasts were too big for the buns, so trimmed the edges. He seasoned ‘em a bit a threw them in the deep fryer. When they came out I thought, ‘whew, that’ll work!”
  • 1980s – The first Chicken McNuggets sold by McDonalds was in 1980.
  • 1996 – Todd Graves establishes a chicken finger restaurant called Raising Cane’s.
  • 2010 – Chicken Finger Day is established on July 27 by Raising Cane’s.
  • Chicken tenders are actually parts of a chicken. They are the little strips of meat that are tenuously attached to the underside of each breast (and thus sometimes called “hanging tenders”), so every chicken has two tenders.
  • Chicken tenders dish, sometimes also called chicken fingers or chicken strips, are chicken tenders that are breaded and deep fried, which explains why the two are synonymously named.The restaurant’s use of the “chicken tenders” name reportedly was a first, but chicken fingers were already in existence.
  • Chicken nuggets are a poultry-based food, that are generally small pieces of crumbed covered meat, and are eaten as a snack or part of a main meal.
  • Poultry are domesticated birds kept by humans for the purpose of producing eggs, meat, and/or feathers. Poultry comes from the French/Norman word, poule, itself derived from the Latin word Pullus, which means small animal.
  • Poultry is the second most widely eaten meat in the world, accounting for about 30% of meat production worldwide, after pork at 38%.
  • With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species
  • This bird was probably first domesticated for the purpose of cockfights, not as food.
  • Roosters perform a little dance called ‘tidbitting’ in which they make sounds (food calls) and move their head up and down, picking up and dropping a bit of food. Researchers have found that females prefer males that often perform tidbitting and have larger, brighter combs on top of their heads.
  • A female chicken will mate with many different males but if she decides, after the deed is done, that she doesn’t want a particular rooster’s offspring and can eject his sperm. This occurs most often when the male is lower in the pecking order.


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