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What is the deal with chicken fingers/tenders/nuggets? [moved from Not About Food]

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What is the deal with chicken fingers/tenders/nuggets? [moved from Not About Food]

veganish | Jun 28, 2007 06:10 AM

I've noticed a common theme on this board, and also in the Times. Picky eaters, particularly children, but also adults, seem to enjoy chicken fingers as their main food of sustinance.

As a kid, not now, I liked the old McNuggets and particularly took comfort in their predictable, symmetrical shape--one nugget in the 6 always looked like a boot or Italy to me ;)

But it seems like this preference stays with some people throughout their lives, and there are frightening amounts of children who will only eat chicken nuggets, even if they eschew pizza and other kid food. 'Too real,' I guess.

A friend of mine is a server, and while working the 'graduation dinner' shift, she noted that many students ordered, for their first meal as adults tho' on the 'rents dime..chicken tenders and fries or mashed potato on the side.

What makes them so addictive? Should the FDA make these a contraband substance? Parents, picky eaters, nugget aficianados, do you have an answer?

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