Best Chicken Strips

Chubby Noodle

This was the year that fried chicken really found a stronghold in San Francisco, but for all the variations, not many places have embraced the simple white meat chicken strip. It's a shame, because strips are easier to eat and share with friends, and while white meat's lack of skin is admittedly a detriment, the increased surface area of a strip allows for more fried goodness. At Chubby Noodle, a pop-up inside North Beach dive Amante, the buttermilk-brined and fried wings are good, but the chicken fingers are the star of the show. The meat stays juicy — none of the dryness problems that plague lesser variations — and has a shattering crust. Plus, they come in a cute popcorn bucket.

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