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While she went to cooking school, the owner of Chez Delisay’s Cajun Cuisine at 6621 N. Dip for chicken fingers Clark St. Sauce for chicken fingers said her best training was from her mother, Gennie Vee.

“My mother taught me and gave me my passion for Creole and southern food. Healthy baked chicken fingers She said ‘You’ll learn everything I know,’ ” said Pharrow, whose restaurant will celebrate its first anniversary in July.

During the week, Pharrow, who also lives in Rogers Park, is virtually a one-woman operation, cooking everything from scratch daily. Pan fried chicken fingers On the weekends, her sister, Michelle, and a few others assist.


The restaurant has a New Orleans artistic touch with masks and drawings adorning the walls, but the focus is on food in the 36-seat, BYOB establishment.

Entrées include: chicken etouffee, chicken and waffles, cheesy shrimp and grits, grilled blackened catfish and Cajun smoked chicken. Homemade baked chicken fingers Four Po Boys — battered chunky thighs, classic fish sandwich, Domanai’s delight and shrimp — are always available.

Another Pharrow original are her Cajun ribs served on Saturdays. Homemade chicken fingers baked Using her own mild spice dry rub, the ribs are marinated for 24 hours, then transferred to a smoker with hickory and cherry wood at 180 degrees for one hour. Ultimate chicken fingers Then they are cooked for another three hours at 280 degrees for fall-off-the-bone tenderness. Homemade fried chicken fingers The ribs always sell out before the evening is over.

“I was always under my elders so I had the perfect tutoring,” said Pharrow, who lived on the North Side before moving to Harvey and attending Thornridge High School in suburban Dolton. How long to bake chicken fingers “My grandmother Victoria emigrated from Nigeria to Baton Rouge in 1940. How long to cook chicken fingers She taught my mother everything about Creole cooking, which was passed on to me.’”

“You have to build the flavors, you can’t just throw it in the pot,” Pharrow said. Chicken fingers in oven “There’s a time and reason for everything; it’s how you prep and combine the seasonings. How long to fry chicken fingers You saute the vegetables, you season and marinate, sear your meat; it’s a process. Homemade chicken fingers fried I measure all my Creole and southern spices. Homemade chicken strips batter I marinate all my meats. Homemade chicken strips fried This way, you build taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.”

Graduating high school in 1980, Pharrow got a degree in administration and prelaw from Roosevelt University. Homemade chicken plucker fingers After a series of jobs, which included hospital supervisor for food nutrition at Northwestern Hospital in Evanston, she graduated from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago in 2002.

She started a catering business in 2003 serving dinners for up to 80 people at Northwestern University, including for fraternities and sororities.

“I was well versed in cooking, so that side of it I already knew,” Pharrow said. Zaxby’s chicken fingers calories “I learned things from the business end about how to run a restaurant that were helpful. Fried chicken fingers calories I learned a lot about making soups, sauces and pastries.”

Word of mouth and five pages of detailed reviews on Yelp have brought a contingent of Cajun food lovers to her eatery. Chicken fingers nutrition facts A number of supper clubs have dined in along with foodies from the West Side and South Side along with people from the north and south suburbs.

On a recent Sunday night, Logan Square resident Rob German and girlfriend Arti Lakhani joined 12 friends to celebrate Ryan Maggid’s birthday.

“I thought the consistency and flavors from the gumbo, cornbread, garlic mashed potatoes, chicken wings and everything else was fantastic,” German said

“I’ve never had flavors that bold with a shrimp Po Boy before,” Lakhani said. Applebees chicken tenders calories “They have the best fried chicken in Chicago. Batter for chicken fingers … Crispy baked chicken fingers Not only was the service outstanding, they made you feel like you were having dinner with old friends. Chicken fingers oven Victoria sat down and chatted with us during the meal.”