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Rooster Nuggets, Tenders, Cutlets, and Fingers?
Ah, the wonders of a boneless, skinless rooster breast: that unsullied expanse of stable muscle, that somewhat-flavorless-but-still-chickeny-enough-to-know-what-we’re-eating style we all know so effectively, that clean canvas so desperate to be sliced and chopped and smashed and bathed in varied mixtures of condiments. Chances are high, we’re deeply conversant in this surprise of the world, in addition to its many youngsters: the cutlet, the finger, the tender, and the nugget. However how acquainted? As we enjoyment of these shining specimens of breaded-and-fried meat, do we all know precisely what we’re consuming?
Let’s begin with the best idea: rooster cutlets. Rooster cutlets are boneless, skinless rooster breasts which have been sliced in half horizontally, making a thinner piece of meat. These cutlets are then usually pounded even thinner earlier than cooking.
Subsequent comes rooster fingers. To make rooster fingers, the rooster breast is reduce into strips. (In the event you see one thing known as “rooster strips,” they’re most likely rooster fingers.) These are to not be confused with rooster tenders, that are constituted of an precise reduce of meat: the pectoralis minor, a small muscle that runs instantly below the rooster breast. That is additionally known as the “internal filet.”
If we’re getting technical, a rooster finger could possibly be constituted of the rooster breast or the internal filet — which signifies that a rooster tender could be a rooster finger, however not all rooster fingers are rooster tenders.
Lastly, we’ve got rooster nuggets. In contrast to its extra pure brethren, rooster nuggets are normally constituted of chopped and/or processed meat that’s then reformed right into a chicken-nugget form. The meat concerned doesn’t must be breast meat — it could possibly be meat from any a part of the rooster. Yup, these are your McNuggets, people; eat at your personal threat.

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