Chicken Buying Smarts

The ever-popular chicken nugget comes in a variety of breadings.

Breaded, fully cooked chicken nuggets, tenderloins and filets (whole muscle boneless breast pieces) are available from a number of producers. They may go through several processes, including marinating, pre-dusting, battering, breading, frying and/or oven baking and quick-freezing. Here's help on breading terminology from Perdue's online poultry school.

Breading pickup refers to the amount of coating that adheres to the chicken

Lightly breaded-Up to 14% pickup

Breaded-14 to 30% pickup

Fritter-30 to 64% pickup

Croquettes-64% and higher pickup

Homestyle-Process by which a fritter-breaded product is flipped around to replicate a hand-breaded appearance

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