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Being Choosy About Your Chicken Fingers
While legs, wings, thighs and breasts are easy enough to explain, chicken "tender" is one term that seems to have many explanations. Most of us think of it as a strip of breast meat, but the USDA hasn't released an official definition. And since marketers know "chicken tenderloin" has a high-end ring to it, you'll often see them priced higher—when they may actually just be chicken breast sliced into "tenders." (We found tenders for about a dollar more per pound than whole breasts.) Unless you're buying chicken tenders from a butcher you know is selling you actual tenderloin, you're probably better off just purchasing a package of breast meat that you then cut into strips yourself.