New england’s quirkiest sweet shop is a must-stop

The scene: New England is full of quirky little restaurants, but for seven decades, Marion’s Pie Shop has been one of the quirkiest. Easy chicken fingers With summer now in full session following the July Fourth weekend, hordes of vacationers will descend upon Cape Cod, one of the most popular beach destinations in the Northeast, in coming months. How to cook chicken fingers Many will visit the charming town of Chatham, Mass., located right at the “elbow” of the arm-shaped peninsula, but most will miss this hidden local gem. How to make homemade chicken fingers That would be a mistake.

In 1947 Marion, known by friends for her exceptional chicken pot pies, began selling them out of her Chatham, Mass. Deep fried chicken tenders recipe kitchen.


Chicken strips recipe ideas They proved so popular that a standalone store was built next to her house, and the pie selection expanded to include sweet fruit options as well as additional savory pies and more recently, some prepared entrées and breakfast offerings. Zaxby’s chicken fingers recipe New family owners took over about a dozen years ago, but still use Marion’s recipes for all the items that existed.

Marion’s Pie Shop lives up to its name and is more shop than restaurant, a bakery-style counter where you select your food and pay, and it is almost entirely to-go. Dipping sauce for chicken fingers There is a small counter at the window where you can eat inside, a few plastic chairs with small plastic tables outside, and to cater to the breakfast crowd, a coffee vending machine. Oven chicken fingers That’s about it. Chicken fingers recipe fried The place looks like a little house on a slightly commercial strip outside downtown Chatham, Mass. Deep fried chicken fingers recipe but it is wildly popular with regulars, who order in advance and often cater entire events with Marion’s main course and dessert pies. Chicken strips recipe oven Almost everything is made fresh daily.

The food: Marion’s has a simple philosophy that almost anything tastes better in pie crust, and they take that to an extreme. How to make chicken strips batter There are not too many places, even in clam-crazed Massachusetts, where you will see clam pie on the menu.

Marion’s started with savory pies and it is still what they excel with, which is important because there are lots of places that make first-rate dessert pies, but very few with these kinds of entrée offerings. Zaxby’s chicken finger plate calories All come in small (6-inch) and large (9-inch) versions and are not frozen, just ready to heat and serve. Recipe chicken fingers The two things that make these exceptional are the crust and the home-style cooking. Baked chicken tenders calories Top and bottom, it’s a true pie crust that is flaky, rich and buttery, but on the lighter side so it doesn’t overwhelm the filling or have a doughy feel, just substantial enough to allow neat slicing (most of these are to be shared). Cooking chicken tenders on stove It’s delicious.

Whichever style pie you choose, you can immediately see and taste the homemade nature of Marion’s: each is packed with its primary ingredient, so the seafood pie is mostly shrimp, though you can clearly spot generous chunks of lobster, along with some cod and scallops, while the beef is full of big substantial chunks with the texture and taste of perfectly cooked Yankee pot roast, augmented with whole small pearl onions and flavorful carrot cubes. Homemade chicken tenders fried The chicken is almost all chunks of moist meat, with some peas and a few cubes of carrot, but much meatier than any other kind of chicken or pot pie I’ve ever seen. Baked chicken strips in oven They also offer an all meat chicken version, without any veggies, but the regular is so meaty that the added green and orange is a nice break. How to make chicken strips in the oven In every case you get your money’s worth in terms of the advertised stuffing, flavor and freshness. How long to cook chicken tenders at 350 Both beef and chicken come with a side dish of their respective gravy. Arby’s chicken tenders calories The only savory pie I didn’t try was the hamburger, simply stuffed with ground sirloin and gravy. Making chicken fingers Consistent with some dessert pie specialists, each comes with a unique crust “code” to make identifying the interior easy: the chicken has an added dough star on top, the clam parallel slashes in the top crust.

All the savory pies are standouts, so it comes down to choosing your favorite protein, though the rarity of the clam pie makes it worth considering. Dip for chicken fingers It too is meaty and almost all clams, only onion is added, but with lots of herbs and spices — it tastes like the filling of really good baked stuffed clams jammed into a pie, minus the breadcrumbs.

The dessert pies are also good, but not as exceptional. Sauce for chicken fingers However, there are tons of them, something for every taste, and if you are going to have dessert after your main course pie(s), it might as well be one of these. Healthy baked chicken fingers The blueberry uses the tiny regional version like wild Maine blueberries, and the signature is Bumbleberry, combining blackberries, apples and raspberries (I think). Pan fried chicken fingers There are about two dozen options in all, from standards like apple (and Dutch apple) to Baileyberry (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, but no Bailey’s), local fave Boston Cream, and imported regional specialties like pecan and Key lime.

Breakfast is adequate, but sort of an afterthought to the main event, with pretty standard main course offerings like a ham and cheese croissant with blandish deli ham and an average spinach and cheese version. Homemade baked chicken fingers The non-pie comfort foods have grown in quantity in recent years, and include options like trays of chicken parmesan, lasagna, seafood casserole and much more. Homemade chicken fingers baked The local favorite, which everyone I spoke to raved about, was the Shepherd’s Pie, which makes sense since it is in the same general wheelhouse as the savory true pies.

Pilgrimage-worthy?: Yes — pick up a few of these pies on your way home from the Cape to keep the spirit of your vacation lasting one more night.

Larry Olmsted has been writing about food and travel for more than 15 years. Ultimate chicken fingers An avid eater and cook, he has attended cooking classes in Italy, judged a barbecue contest and once dined with Julia Child. Homemade fried chicken fingers Follow him on Twitter, @TravelFoodGuy, and if there’s a unique American eatery you think he should visit, send him an e-mail at travel@usatoday.com. How long to bake chicken fingers Some of the venues reviewed by this column provided complimentary services.