News – “We tried chicken tenders from every major fast-food chain — and the results are surprising”

businessinsider.comThe humble chicken tender — or chicken fingers, in some circles — is making a comeback. 

Chicken tenders are the most glorious incarnation of handheld fried chicken — heftier than nuggets, simpler than wings, ideologically purer than boneless wings. The adoration for chicken tenders is universal, bridging the spans of age and class alike — the great equalizers, so they say, are death, taxes, and tenders. With McDonald’s resurrecting them on their menu and Wendy’s introducing theirs, the time for tenders has come. 

A handful of major fast-food chains offer tenders, and we decided to put them all to the test to see which con-tender (sorry) reaches the top of the tourney.

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We have six chains duking it out: Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, KFC, McDonald’s, Popeyes, and Wendy’s.

We have six chains duking it out: Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, KFC, McDonald's, Popeyes,  and Wendy's.

Hollis Johnson

That’s a lot of chicken.

6. Dairy Queen

6. Dairy Queen

Hollis Johnson

We all knew someone had to come last, and to be honest, most knew it was going to be Dairy Queen.

Are they terribly awful? No. But Dairy Queen’s roots lie in, well, dairy, and it’s what they do best. We all love a Blizzard — but DQ’s food is often lacking, both in quality and direction. Their tenders have some crunch from their thick breading, but it overpowers the chicken.


Okay so the full condensed list is:

  1. Chick- fil- a
  2. Popeyes
  3. McDonald’s
  4. Wendy’s
  5. KFC
  6. Dairy Queen

Yeaaaaa I don’t know man, this isn’t a HORRIBLE list but Wendy’s new tenders are fucking delicious and might just be number 1 and stop telling us the results are “surprising” when the answer is always Chick-Fil-A damnit. 

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