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Convenience Food of the Day: Breaded Chicken Tenders

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Today's recipe for Smoky Chicken Tacos uses breaded chicken tenders, a freezer-aisle find that saves you the time and effort of dredging, dipping and coating. Plus, we have recipes that make this kid-friendly finger food look all grown-up. Read on for our test kitchen's advice for buying and using breaded chicken fingers.

Finding chicken winners

You can find breaded chicken tenders in poultry section of the freezer aisle in your local supermarket. For the best flavor and texture, look for tenders made from whole breasts. We prefer uncooked tenders over precooked for a fresher taste.

Recipes to try

Make a sports bar favorite at home with this Buffalo Chicken Pizza that features the classic combination of chicken tenders, your favorite hot sauce, blue cheese and celery.

Top in-season kale with chopped chicken tenders, sweet potato and toasted almonds, then drizzle with a homemade Dijon vinaigrette for a sophisticated salad.

Other quick ideas for breaded chicken tenders

  • Chop cooked tenders and toss with wild rice, dried cherries, and walnuts
  • Bake, then top with mozzarella and broil. Serve with marinara for a quicker chicken parm.
  • Sandwich warm tenders with mango chutney, mustard and arugula.
  • Slice and stir-fry with baby bok choy and teriyaki sauce.

Check back tomorrow for our post on frozen orange juice concentrate, one of our favorite secret ingredients.

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