Shake Shack’s new cookbook is far more than just a collection of recipes.
The book, which hits shelves on May 16, is full of fun tidbits about Danny Meyer’s burger chain. Did you know Shake Shack could have been called Custard’s First Stand? Or that you can make your own ShackSauce simply by combining Hellman’s mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Heinz ketchup, kosher dill pickling brine, and cayenne pepper?
But the most interesting nugget of information has to do with, well, nuggets (pun intended).
Towards the end of the book is a section entitled “The Taste of Things to Come.” It gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Shake Shack tasting kitchen in Brooklyn, where a team meets every three months to try out new recipes.
“Chicken tenders are universally applauded,” the book says, cryptically, under a photograph of bite-size pieces of fried chicken.
A few pages later is a recipe for Chicken Bites, which the book describes as “the obvious extension of the Chick’n Shack” sandwich.
The Chick’n Shack is the fried chicken sandwich that Shake Shack launched in January 2016, just a few months after Chick-fil-A opened its first store in New York City.
Chicken has become the hottest item on fast-food menus in recent years. As Business Insider previously reported, three of the five fastest-growing restaurant chains in the US are chicken restaurants, and every chain appears to be jumping on the trend. Just this week, Taco Bell rolled out fried chicken “chips” — its own take on chicken nuggets.
We reached out to Shake Shack to see if they had any more details about a possible rollout of chicken tenders.
“We have no plans at the moment, but it was something we tinkered with and wanted to share it in the cookbook,” Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack’s vice president of marketing and communications, told Business Insider in an email.
We have high hopes for Shake Shack tenders, but until the chain makes these a reality, we’ll have to rely on this recipe from the cookbook:
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