Best Chicken Fingers, Nuggets, Tenders & Strips

Who makes the best chicken fingers, nuggets, tenders & strips? Who cares, you say? The Boneless Chicken Revolution is here; better believe that!

Next time you’re at a restaurant, take a good look at the menu. There is some boneless chicken (fingers, nuggets, popcorn, tenders, or strips) on it.

Remember when a server gave you a sour candy face if you ordered chicken fingers or chicken strips at a restaurant? Or the “that’s for kids,” isn’t it comments your parents muttered under their breath. It didn’t stop me from eating and enjoying them.

What about you?

Luckily, we are now in a chicken tender renaissance period. Chicken tenders or tendies aren’t new, but their popularity is a natural evolution linked to chicken nuggets’ rise in the 1980s. The history of Chicken Tenders traces back to a spot called Spanky’s in Savannah, Georgia. *I’ve never been, but I know that they are still open for business.

The future for breaded boneless chicken is bright now that restaurant concepts revolve around them. We don’t need to get that unapproving look any longer since everyone is in on the secret. So, when you find popcorn chicken ready to eat at Walmart, you know things have changed.

Below is a small list of the best chicken fingers, chicken strips, chicken tenders (tendies), and boneless chicken bites that I’ve eaten over the last ten years. Please note that I make no mention of the sauces, and that’s cause they deserve a separate post.

Make sure you check out my Favorite Chicken Sandwiches in South Florida list.

Specialty Chicken Tender Joints

Bud's Chicken Fingers
Bud’s Chicken Fingers
Champy's Chicken Tenders
Champy’s Chicken Tenders
Chick-fil-A Chicken Tenders
Chick-fil-A Chicken Tenders
Chicken Tenders from Chicken Guy in Winter Park, Florida
Chicken Guy! Chicken Tenders
Guthrie's Gut Box
Guthrie’s Gut Box
Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Tenders
Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders
Hot Chicks Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders
Huey Magoo's Chicken Tenders
Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders Meal
KFC Chicken Tenders
KFC Hot Chicken Tenders
PDQ Chicken Tenders
PDQ Chicken Tenders
Popeye's Chicken Tenders
Popeye’s Chicken Tenders
Raising Canes Chicken Tenders
Raising Cane’s The Box Combo
Zaxby's Chicken Fingerz
Zaxby’s Chicken Fingerz

Chicken Tenders Chain Restaurants

A&W Burger Chicken Floats Chicken Tenders
A&W Chicken Tenders
Carolina Ale House Boneless Buffalo Zinger
Carolina Ale House Boneless Buffalo Zinger
Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Cheesecake Factory Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Metro Diner Chicken Tender Plate
Metro Diner Chicken Tender Plate
Miller's Ale House Zingers
Miller’s Ale House Zingers in Mt. St. Helens sauce
Publix Chicken Tenders Sub
Publix Chicken Tenders Sub

More Great Chicken Tenders

Big Pink Chicken Tenders
Big Pink Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders
Chefs On The Run Chef Jodrick Habanero Butter Chicken
Chefs On The Run Habanero Butter Chicken
Southern-style Fried Chicken Tenders
Dyer’s Southern-style Fried Chicken Tenders
Eats & Treats Chicken Tenders in Ft. Myers, Florida
Eats & Treats Chicken Tenders
Gilbert's 17th Street Grill Chicken Tenders w/Fries
Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill Chicken Tenders w/Fries
North South Grill Chicken Tenders in Pembroke Pines, Florida
North South Grill Chicken Tenders
Starlite Diner in Lansing, Michigan Chicken Tenders
Starlite Diner Chicken Tenders

Where To Get Great Chicken Tenders

Don’t forget to celebrate National Chicken Finger Day every year on July 27th!

A&W Burgers Chicken Floats
114 Towne Center Dr.
Lexington, Kentucky
Big Pink
157 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida
Bud’s Chicken
2579 Northlake Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida
Carolina Ale House
6810 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida
Champy’s Fried Chicken
526 E ML King Boulevard
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chefs on the Run
10 E Mowry Drive
Homestead, Florida
461 N Central Avenue
Hapeville, Georgia
Chicken Guy
1506 E Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Dyer’s Burgers
205 Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee
Eats & Treats
9211 Cypress Lake Drive
Fort Myers, Florida
Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
1821 Cordova Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1818 W Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, Florida
Hall’s Original Drive-In
1502 Bluffton Road

Fort Wayne, Indiana
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
5209 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, Tennessee
Huey Magoo’s
1268 Beville Road
Daytona Beach, Florida
720 NW 37th Avenue
Miami, Florida
Metro Diner
3302 Hendricks Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida
Miller’s Ale House
3271 NW 87th Avenue
Doral, Florida
10121 W Flagler Street
Miami, Florida
Pollo Campero
2800 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida
1501 NW 20th Street
Miami, Florida
Publix Supermarkets
5715 NW 7th Street
Miami, FL 33126
Raising Cane’s
10 E 11th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio
Starlite Diner & Coney Island
1500 Center Road
Burton, Michigan
1107 N Ponce De Leon Boulevard
St. Augustine, Florida

*I finally visited Spanky’s in Savannah, Georgia on June 7th, 2022, check it out!

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