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The grandkids always want chicken tenders or nuggets. Anyone have ideas for preparing these other than the traditional heat & serve?

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Darlene in­ Georgia1295971951.7371006 PostsRegistered 8/25/2009

Try using the Breaded Tenders in a Chicken Parmesan recipe, what kid doesn't like spaghetti noodles and add their tenders, a hit!

You could have a variety of dipping sauces and sneak in some raw vegetables for them to try with the dip.

Also, if your Grandchildren like salad, put a couple of sliced tenders on top.

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cookinfreak1296002840.92392 PostsRegistered 7/22/2009

Hi Polish Angel

I have made a recipe like the "Famous Chicken Bowl"

layer 1: mashed potatoes

layer 2: corn

layer 3: shredded cheese and gravy

layer 4: diced chicken nuggets

layer 5: more gravy and cheese


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Idacat1296003149.324707 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!

I use them for everything. Tonight it's Orange chicken with fried rice. I just heat the tenders (don't use the nuggets, will sometimes use the chunks that are not minced), slice diagonally and serve with warmed bottled orange sauce. This works for teriyaki and sweet and sour also.

Barbequed in the oven, I just coat lightly with whatever sauce I want and heat with the sauce on.

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OhioBlonde1296003342.78136 PostsRegistered 11/3/2010

I had a "wrap" today with them in it with lettuce and tomato with ranch dressing. They put Buffalo sauce on the nuggets but you would not really have to. You could add shredded cheese. Or really you could add anything you wanted....

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DebbieDD1296003691.738109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004

I too have used them in parmigiana. Just lay them out spoon a bit of spaghetti sauce over each and add a slice of mozzarella, broil for a few minutes till cheese is bubbly.

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Polish Ang­el1296009633.92768 PostsRegistered 11/3/2010

Thanx all for the ideas. However, Cookinfreak, Debbie in Georgia & DebbieDD - Are you cooking the tenders before, or using frozen and adding?

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Jeanne R1296024596.5834788 PostsRegistered 7/5/2010
On 1/25/2011 cookinfreak said:

Hi Polish Angel

I have made a recipe like the "Famous Chicken Bowl"

layer 1: mashed potatoes

layer 2: corn

layer 3: shredded cheese and gravy

layer 4: diced chicken nuggets

layer 5: more gravy and cheese


let me try this tonight

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Etexmax1296050987.713102 PostsRegistered 12/28/2008

I use the breaded nuggets off & on,too. I pre-cook them so they'll be real hot and crust is crisp. We sometimes cut in half and throw on a "chef" style salad.... or use with a quick stir-fry and serve on rice. DH likes "hot" and I like sort of "hot"...so sometimes I'll sprinkle cayenne on them before baking.

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Darlene in­ Georgia1296055355.0331006 PostsRegistered 8/25/2009

Polish Angel, I cook my tenders before adding to recipe.

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cookinfreak1296058276.8592 PostsRegistered 7/22/2009


I cook my nuggets before using them also.


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Polish Ang­el1296067185.01768 PostsRegistered 11/3/2010

Many thanks - sure beats looking at the "same old" tenders. Will try all and see what the kids like.

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always wro­ng never right1296067324.2732007 PostsRegistered 12/20/2006Chicago, Illinois

Why not just serve them a plate of lard and preservatives, forget the chicken.

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Anna B1296077998.04360 PostsRegistered 10/19/2008

I found this recipe today using the chicken tenders and you bread them yourself with cornmeal. Sounded good with the sauce.

<ul> <li>1 cup(s) fresh blackberries or raspberries, finely chopped</li> <li>1 1/2 tablespoon(s) whole-grain mustard</li> <li>2 teaspoon(s) honey</li> <li>1 pound(s) chicken tenders, cut in half crosswise (see Tip)</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon(s) salt</li> <li>1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper</li> <li>3 tablespoon(s) cornmeal</li> <li>1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil</li> </ul> <hr />


<ol> <li>Mash blackberries (or raspberries), mustard, and honey in a small bowl until it looks like a chunky sauce.</li> <li>Sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Place cornmeal in a medium bowl, add the chicken, and toss to coat (discard any leftover cornmeal).</li> <li>Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook the chicken, turning once or twice, until browned and just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total (thinner nuggets will cook faster than thicker ones). Serve the chicken nuggets with the berry mustard.<br /> <br /> Exchanges: 1 starch, 4 lean meat, 1 fat. Carbohydrate Servings: 1.</li> </ol> <hr />

Tips & Techniques

Tip: Chicken tenders are the lean strips of rib meat typically found attached to the underside of chicken breasts. They can also be purchased separately. Four 1-ounce tenders will yield a 3-ounce cooked portion. Tenders are perfect for quick stir-fries, chicken satay, or kid-friendly breaded "chicken nuggets."

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Anna B1296406061.7660 PostsRegistered 10/19/2008

I found another recipe with chicken tenders from Ming Tsai. It sounds good with yogurt-Dijon mustard-honey dip.


1 pound chicken tenders
1/4 cup Dijon mustard plus 1 tablespoon for yogurt dip
1 cup panko
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup carrot nubs
1 cup celery sticks
1 cup grape tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Pre-heat a non-stick pan with oil in it to medium-high heat. Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Rub both sides of the seasoned chicken with 1/4 cup Dijon mustard and press into plate of panko. Sear the chicken tenders until crisp, about 3 minutes per side. In a bowl combine yogurt, honey and remaining 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Serve seared chicken tenders with yogurt sauce and vegetables on the side.

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MaryV1296407047.143993 PostsRegistered 9/24/2007Boston

If you are making them from scratch use Panko breadcrumbs, they come out much cripsier. Buy the ones sold in the Asian section the others dont work as well.

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DebbieDD1296527115.118109 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004
On 1/25/2011 Polish Angel said:

Thanx all for the ideas. However, Cookinfreak, Debbie in Georgia & DebbieDD - Are you cooking the tenders before, or using frozen and adding?

Sorry, just saw your note... I always cook them before but I have always just made them from scratch. Just some seasoned flour first, then egg, then panko or Italian bread crumbs. They only take a couple of minutes to pan fry.

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