JagWire reporters review local chicken finger restaurants

Staffers visited four different chicken restaurants in search of the perfect chicken finger meal

March 30, 2017

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Zaxby’s

By Victoria Wright

Zaxby’s

9500 W 135th St., Overland Park

Braden Shaw: This was by far the most “authentic” chicken based on a number of factors. Blending together the best combination of flavor, breading and tenderness, Zaxby’s is the winner here. To be completely honest — in my humble opinion — it isn’t even close. The cost wasn’t too much and the quality of the chicken tenders were top notch. Even though the wait was a little longer than I had hoped after we first had ordered, it was well worth it in the end. This was by far the best restaurant that we visited.

Michael Sandri: These chicken fingers were my favorite because they tasted the most authentic. The other chicken fingers all had an artery clogging “fast food” feel to them, but these tasted like they could be part of a home cooked meal. The food I was served made me want to savor the meal and treat its consumption as a privilege rather than an obligation to eat for survival. Eating here could arguably be a statement of class and set the chicken connoisseur apart from the average chicken eater. However, in order to truly appreciate the art that is created here, one has to hop into their car, drive to Zaxby’s, order some chicken, and taste it for his or her self. I have only good feedback.

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Slim Chicken

By Victoria Wright

Slim Chicken

9001 W 135th St., Overland Park

BS: While this wasn’t originally on our list of places to go, it was still a legitimate restaurant when getting chicken fingers. It didn’t have the breading or the tenderness of the other chicken tenders at the other locations, but still had enough flavor to leave me satisfied and smiling. This is a solid choice for chicken and well worth a visit.

MS: The chicken tenders served here are definitely from “slim chickens.” The size of the fingers were about that of a marker and nothing else made up for it. The flavor and texture made it feel like the fingers had been dipped in a glass of water before being served. This meal would bring up repressed memories of a near drowning experience.

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Raising Cane’s

By Victoria Wright

Raising Cane’s

7501 W 135th St., Overland Park

BS: This was a spot that had a lot of buzz from what I had heard and my one time going here before left me satisfied and smiling. Coming back a second time proved to be well worth it. The chicken had loads of juiciness and tenderness. The breading is a bit disappointing, but I’d still recommend it.

MS: This was not the best place that I have eaten chicken fingers. Rather than being crispy, the breading was damp and hanging off of the meat like a band-aid barely sticking to a scraped knee. The meal itself gave me the impression that the restaurant should be relocated to the inside of an airport where no one would care about the food quality.

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Chick-Fil-A

By Victoria Wright

Chick-Fil-A

7500 W 135th St., Overland Park

BS: Granted, this isn’t exactly a place that’s hard to get to or obscure in the slightest. Heck, this is probably the most typical place to go when it comes to getting chicken. But the chicken doesn’t really disappoint, which is reassuring. While the meal is a bit on the small side, it was still enjoyable. Flavor-wise it was middle of the road and had slightly above average tenderness. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, then this is the place for you. Chick-Fil-A is always a safe bet, but not at the top of my list.

MS: The flavor of these fingers was decent. The size of the meal however was way too small. I was left very unsatisfied, but not in a way that made me crave more. The food was good, but in a really unhealthy way. After I had finished eating the small portion of food, I had some time to realize what I had just eaten and how it could potentially give me an ulcer. It’s like that episode of Spongebob where they discover the people who bought the Krusty Krab are now making the Krabby Patties with grey sludge. It just tastes unhealthy.

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