6 Foods that think they’re french fries

After a grassroots campaign that included phone calls, a change.org petition and general social media hubbub, Burger King is giving the people what they want: Chicken Fries.

BK chicken fries

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Burger King’s Chicken Fries first debuted in 2005 before retiring for two years in 2012. In this iteration of the humble fry, white meat chicken is battered with a savory breading and fried till crisp and golden. Because they’re the perfect vehicle for dips — and pretty decent on-the-go food — we started to wonder what other foods masquerading as potatoes we should try.

If you’re used to eating polenta in its creamy form, then you’re in for a surprise. Firm polenta cut into planks crisps right up in some hot oil, and its mellow flavor makes it perfect for dipping and drizzling with all manner of sauces and toppings. These polenta fries are covered in cheese and salsa. Take that, potatoes!

Zucchini Fries

Apprehensive about battering a starch with a starch? Zucchini fries might be the snack for you. Tender and slightly sweet, zucchini contrasts perfectly with crispy breading, and since you’re technically eating a vegetable, it feels OK to use way more dip. Ranch, anyone?

Guacamole fans, rejoice! Avocado can finally shine as the main event in these fries. Creamy avocado becomes downright silky with a little heat, and a crunchy panko breading gives these fries serious snackability. Plus, avocados are nutritional powerhouses, so while you chow down, you’re getting a big boost of vitamins and healthy fats. Who said fries have to be junk food?

Getting kids to eat veggies can be tricky, but I doubt they’d have a problem with these green bean fries. A crispy Parmesan coating and a quick trip to the oven are all it takes to transform these li’l fellas into a truly delectable snack or side dish. No more turning green at the thought of healthy eating!

If veggies aren’t your thing, then look no further than the deli counter. Toasted lunch meat fries might sound a little… strange, but hey, if you deep-fry basically anything in stick form until crispy, you probably have a hit on your hands.

Of course, sometimes you just want chicken fries. Protect yourself against the whims of big business by learning how to make chicken fries from scratch so you’ll never be without them again. Bruce Lee once said, “Only the self-sufficient stand alone,” and I think we can all agree that he was probably talking about chicken fries.

More french fry fun

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