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Slim Chickens in Ridgeland, MS

Slim chickens opening in ridgeland

Slim Chickens in Ridgeland, MS

Get ready for chicken tenders Slim Chickens style — marinated in buttermilk, hand-breaded, cooked-to-order and served with homemade dipping sauces. The state’s first Slim Chickens franchise is expected by mid-January to open its doors and drive-through at 819 Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland. Bad weather slowed construction on the restaurant, as did the need for more dirt work than expected. “Rain pushed us back and so did snow,” said David Bagwell of Gluckstadt, who is the franchisee along with his father Ricky Bagwell of Carrollton.

Built from the ground up on property between McB’s Bar & Grill and Mugshots Grill & Bar, Slim Chickens is a fast casual concept known for its chicken tenders and wings. The franchise originated in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 2003. “We think this is the cream of the crop when it comes to fried chicken,” David Bagwell said. “The chicken in the star of the show.” The menu is extensive with chicken tender plates and wing plates served with Texas toast, a side and medium drink. The chicken tender plates and wing plates vary in price from $6.99 to $10.99, depending on how many pieces in the order. A kid’s chicken tender meal (for children ages 10 and younger) served with Texas toast, fries or applesauce plus milk or apple juice is $4.39.

Slim Chickens offers 17 – yes,17 – sauces including Slim Sauce, Mango Habanero, Sriracha Garlic and Korean BBQ. “The majority of sauces are made in house,” David Bagwell said. Looking for something sweet and savory? Select a waffle served with three chicken tenders ($7.99). Also on the menu: Slim’s Salad, a garden salad with tenders ($8.49) and a Buffalo Blues Salad with tenders shaken in Buffalo Wing Sauce ($8.49). Sandwiches and wraps include the Cayenne Ranch Chicken Sandwich Plate served with side and drink ($7.99), Smokey Cheddar Wrap Plate with side and drink ($8.19) and Buffalo Wrap Plate with side and drink ($8.19). Sides include mac & cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, fries, ranch chips, side salad, fried mushrooms, fried pickles and fried okra. Sides range in price from $1.79 for a regular size of coleslaw to $6.99 for a large size of fries. “It’s plenty for three or four people to share,” David Bagwell said. Top everything off with dessert served in a Mason jar ($4.99) or choose a cookie ($1.49.)

The restaurant contains 3,000 square feet with a look described as a modern take on an old Delta farmhouse. There’s a front porch and pitched, corrugated metal roof.

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