Search begins for Bama’s Best Chicken Tenders

Who Serves Chicken Tenders Worth Crowing About?
Alabama ranks in the top three in the U.S. for chickens raised for meat, so we should have some...
Alabama ranks in the top three in the U.S. for chickens raised for meat, so we should have some tasty chicken tenders.(Source: Alabama Farmers Federation)
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 11:21 AM CDT
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ALABAMA (Press Release) -  Chicken tenders please the palate of even the pickiest eaters, and that’s one reason the Alabama Farmers Federation is on a search to find the local eatery that serves up Bama’s Best Chicken Tenders.

“Alabama ranks in the top three in the U.S. in broiler chicken production, which are chickens raised for meat,” said Federation Poultry Division Director Russ Durrance. “So this contest not only provides a fun way to promote and support local restaurants, it also helps make a direct connection between our poultry farmers and the food we all enjoy eating.”

The Federation’s Poultry Division is sponsoring Bama’s Best Chicken Tenders contest. Finalists will each receive a plaque. The winner will receive an additional plaque, prize money, and features in the Federation’s Neighbors magazine and on Simply Southern TV.

Nominations will be accepted starting today through June 9.

To make a nomination:

Local establishments with the most nominations will become contest semifinalists in the Edible Eight.

The next step whittles the semifinalists down to the Flavorful Four. Voting will take place June 14-21 through a photo album of semifinalists posted on Simply Southern’s page at One like equals one vote.

The four with the most votes, or likes, by 3 p.m. Central on June 21 will be the contest’s official Flavorful Four finalists. Judges will visit those establishments in early July to determine the winner.

Fun Facts About Poultry

  • U.S. Congress has recognized Spanky’s Restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, as the first to invent the chicken finger.
  • Americans buy more chicken than any other meat.
  • In 2018, Americans ate a record of 93 pounds of chicken per person.
  • Chicken is the second most widely eaten meat in the world, accounting for 30% of global meat consumption.
  • 8-9 billion chickens are consumed over the course of a year in the United States.

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