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Today is “Chicken Finger Day” in the U.S.A., which is celebrated annually on July 27th.

There is some contention as to who actually invented this delicious snack food. There is actually a Chinese-American version called “Golden Fingers,” which is similar, but not the same. The Americanized version of these tasty treats were reportedly first created and served at a restaurant named “The Puritan Backroom” in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1974. According to Wikipedia, there are restaurants in Savannah, Georgia and Baton Rouge, Louisiana who claim they invented chicken tenders.

No matter who created this appetizing appetizer, they have become one of the most popular snacks and main courses in the U.S.A. In fact, there are now fast food chains all over the nation who serve up their recipes of chicken fingers including KFC, Popeye’s, Church’s Chicken, Culver’s and Chick-Fil-A.

But, there is only one national chain who has specialized in serving up delicious chicken fingers, and that’s Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Company founder Todd Graves launched his first Raising Cane’s with an SBA loan, and now there are more then three hundred locations throughout the U.S. and international destinations. It was Raising Cane’s who founded this “holiday” to celebrate this dish, and you can now find chicken fingers, chicken tenders, chicken fillets, chicken strips, or chicken goujons in just about every diner, tavern and bar in the States.

I bet I know what you’re having for dinner now!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ – Las Vegas. After programming top-rated radio stations in cities like Bakersfield, CA, Nashville, TN, and Riverside / San Bernardino, CA, he and his family decided to plant roots here in Las Vegas in 1994. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


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