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    The Chicken or the ¿ Hot Dog

    7-Eleven's roller grills will roast chicken tenders alongside hot dogs and taquitos.

    DALLAS -- 7-Eleven is making room on its roller grills for a new item to go with its hot dogs and taquitos. The convenience-store chain will begin offering wienie-shaped breaded chicken to be served on a bun, The Associated Press reported.

    Company officials said the Chicken Bite will help the company benefit from Americans' growing appetite for chicken as an alternative to hamburgers. The chicken tender-like concoction will sell for $1.69. It's supplied by Home Market Foods of Boston, which also helped 7-Eleven develop a hot dog-shaped cheeseburger in 2005.

    Perishable foods account for about 10 percent of 7-Eleven's U.S. sales, the AP said. Of those, nearly a third comes from sandwiches and about a fourth from hot dogs and taquitos, the retailer said. Hot dogs are the top-selling single item in the category.

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