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South Carolina Bird Dogs

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I recently discovered something called South Carolina bird dogs. It’s like a hot dog, however, you use a crispy chicken strip instead of a beef frank. I had never heard of these before but they sounded genius to me. Apparently they are a thing you can find at South Carolina’s Nick Henry’s and J C’s Sandwich Shoppe. Both places are famous for them. On Yelp, they have been called as “Legendary” at J C’s Sandwich shop. It is also referred to as a signature dish at Nick Henry’s.

In addition to the chicken strip, there are 3 other components beside the bun that make up the bird dog. You need slices of cooked bacon along with shredded cheddar cheese and honey mustard dressing or sauce. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s honey mustard dipping sauce. However, it is fairly easy to make your own honey mustard sauce.

These bird dogs were a hit with the family. It was a delicious new approach to the use of the hot dog bun. I now have some other ideas for other versions of a bird dog!

Here is what you need to make the

South Carolina Bird Dogs

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South Carolina Bird Dogs

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 8 sliced cooked bacon
  • 8 breaded chicken fingers, cooked
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard dressing or sauce
  • 8 hot dog buns


  1. To assemble, place a strip of bacon in each bun followed by a breaded chicken strip.
  2. Sprinle cheese over the bird dogs followed by a drizzle of the honey mastard dressing or sauce. Serves 8.
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Cuisine: American
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Recipe is adapted from She Wears Many Hats.

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