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The Puritan Backroom in Manchester says the world can thank them for chicken tenders

MANCHESTER - Chicken tenders were invented in the Queen City, claims the Puritan Backroom.

And USA Today is talking about it.

Locals and visitors all know about the Manchester staple that is the Puritan Backroom - with its massive building for dinners, banquets and weddings, generations of family members and its huge menu of Greek traditions to seafood.

Chris Pappas, part of the current generation working at Puritan Backroom, told USA Today about the restaurants relationship with chicken fingers which - they claim - they invented.

Pappas said that his restaurant started serving chicken tenders in 1974 by trimming down whole breasts, which left them with a pile of strips. After marinating and frying these strips, the tenders were added to the menu and an instant success.

Although this was the first mention of chicken tenders, other restaurants were still serving chicken fingers (thinner slices) and chicken nuggets (often ground and reformed meat).

With or without the oldest title, customers always come back for these popular chicken tenders, one of the most popular items on the menu.

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