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Craving amazing chicken fingers

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  • kdl Jun 3, 2012 06:22 PM
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I don't know why but all of a sudden I'm craving really good chicken fingers and hope to indulge some night this week. Anyone had any outstanding experiences. T-accessible would be best.

I'm thinking of trying Coast Cafe in Cambridge since everyone raves about their fried chicken. I'll have to ask if they make their own chicken fingers in-house.

Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. You might want to try Cane's Chicken on Comm. Ave. near BU. I only had them once and found them pretty tasty, although I didn't like their dipping sauce all that much. Also, check out Bon Chon Chicken in Allston.

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    1. re: mabelm4050

      I actually wouldn't recommend the chicken tenders at Bon Chon, as much as I like the wings and drums there. Rather than the canonical finger-shape, they're basically thin, flat shavings off a breast. They get overcooked very quickly, and they're basically nothing but coating and sauce with a couple millimeters of meat in the center. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- it's really good coating and sauce -- but if what the OP is specifically craving is tenders, they'll be disappointed.

      Third Raising Canes, to give its full name. The chicken tenders are fine, the fries are ordinary, the slaw is fairly tasty, the Texas toast is quite good, and the soft drink machine has that kinda soft pellety ice rather like Sonic uses, which is hard to find up here for some reason. I too ask for the off-menu honey mustard.

      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

        I went to a raising canes down south somewhere and didn't think it was all that special. Chicken fingers seemed no different than your average frozen cisco product to me. I thought the ice pellets in the soda was the best part of my experience there.

      2. re: mabelm4050

        Canes! Totally forgot about them. Thanks for the suggestion!

      3. I second Cane's. If you prefer the more traditional honey mustard sauce, you can request it. It's not posted on the menu;)

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        1. re: BroadwayBound

          Good to know about the secret honey mustard sauce. My personal favorite sauce for chicken fingers is plain old honey when it's available. Bit honey mustard is a good backup.

        2. The Hill Tavern serves far better chicken tenders than they have any reason to. I found myself in shock & awe there a coupla years ago with a plate of tenders and I feel as though I've been waiting for somebody to ask this question ever since. Big, craggy, freshly fried juicy guys with a feather light & crunchy crust. Honey mustard, bleu, ranch, bbq, etc. I keep meaning to go back there and revisit this, but it's not otherwise a compelling hang.

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          1. re: Nab

            Mary Chung's has very tasty chicken fingers and their home-made mustard is the perfect spicy dip...

            1. re: sadflour

              Who knew?! Are they the puffy battered style that you often find in Chinese restaurants?

              1. re: kdl

                Yup!

            2. re: Nab

              That sounds perfect. I've only been there once. Will have to go back!

            3. Sub-standard chicken fingers rarely have the nails cut off.

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                That joke was just hypothetical until we got the new Strip-T's!

              2. Some of best fried chicken tenders I have had around here were part of the club salad at Hillstone in Quincy Market. I see that they have a chicken tender plate, for $20 (seems like a lot for fingahs). If it's the same chicken from the salad, it would probably be worth it - they are somewhere between tempura and "normal" battered chicken, very crispy and light, and the meat is moist.

                1. Since we're all throwing chains out as recommendations, allow me to suggest (a) the Cajun Chicken Littles from (gasp!) The Cheesecake Factory and (b) the Southern Fried Chicken Tenders at Firefly's. Both are among my favorite renditions of this low brow dish. Firefly's offering suffers a bit from underseasoning, but that can be mostly remedied with BBQ sauce and honey mustard.

                  1. The Druid makes a pretty fabulous chicken tender

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                    1. re: mkfisher

                      Ooh. Another good contender. Thanks! I've also heard their fish and chips are great.

                      1. re: kdl

                        They do indeed make a mean fish and chips

                        1. re: mkfisher

                          +1 for the Druid Fish and chips

                    2. Coast Cafe is indeed delicious, although I'm not sure they sell tenders. Allston Diner has a really good chicken and waffles dish with chicken fingers, homemade with a buttermilk marinade. It comes with their sausage gravy but I prefer their BBQ sauce (also homemade).

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                      1. re: uallach

                        Coast Cafe's online menu mentions them so I'm hoping they do have them.

                        Good tip about Allston Diner. Never been but is sounds delicious. Thanks!

                      2. Pisa Pizza in Malden (1 block from Orange Line) has the best molasses fingers. They also have great honey bbq and an assortment of other sauces. Really crunchy crispy crust...

                        1. I'm late to this discussion, but All Star Sandwich Bar has amazing buffalo-style chicken fingers ("stingers," as they call them). Can't get enough of 'em.

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                          1. re: Blumie

                            Right in my 'hood. Great to know!

                          2. This may not be the most convenient for you, but apparently Revere House of Pizza has exceptional chicken fingers.

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                            1. re: maillard

                              I used to really like Kelly's chicken fingers, haven't had them in years though.

                            2. Definitely not T-accessible, but the Puritan Backroom in Manchester NH claims to have invented the chicken tender. http://www.puritanbackroom.com/

                              1. I think I may have found the answer: the Proper Slice in Brighton. These were really excellent chicken tenders - they coat them in honey mustard, and they're still super crispy, and actually surprisingly large. I had never ordered them before last night because I'm usually deciding between the pizza and burger.