Learning how to make chicken tenders is very simple and people love then; both young and old. While looking for recipes, you might also come across some titled “chicken strips” or “chicken fingers”. These are all basically the same. Even the recipes for chicken nuggets are very similar with exception for the way the chicken is cut; the nuggets being more bite size. Most of the great sauces and seasonings can be used interchangeably so take a look at all of them.
Restaurant chains have made chicken tenders very popular. Many started serving these smaller chicken breast strips or fingers as appetizers. Most were deep fried and served with various well seasoned sauces. The delicious flavors of these sauces is what made the people keep coming back for more. At least, for me, this is how I felt about it. For instance, Italian restaurants might offer Parmesan spaghetti sauces to dip the chicken in, Mexican restaurants would have a spicy jalapeno sauce and Chinese maybe a sweet and sour sauce. All these are delicious!
After I learned how to make chicken tenders, I found all kinds of flavors. I also found chicken tender recipes are not just for appetizers but make a great meal. Kids really love them and like I said the sauces add so much. Ones flavored with soy or other Asian products are great served with rice. Italian chicken tenders goes well with all kinds of pasta and Mexican flavored strips are good used to fill both corn and flour tortillas. The chicken can be cooked in almost any way; fried, baked, broiled or grilled.
When learning how to cook chicken tenders, the first thing to learn is how to cut the chicken. Start with fresh chicken breasts, flatten out into fillets and then cut into strips measuring about 1 ½ inches wide and 3 to 4 inches long. When I want to cook a lot of chicken tenders, I buy a large amount of breasts. After cutting, I package them in usable amounts to freeze. If you place parchment paper between layers, they are easier to pry apart for quick thawing and cooking.
Learn how to cook chicken tenders making great sandwiches.
In large deep skillet combine chicken tenders and water.
Boil chicken about 5 minutes over medium high heat.
Add the barbeque sauce and mustard; gently stir to mix.
Cook chicken until water is almost cooked off and sauce becomes thick.
Serve on bread on buns.
Learn how to make chicken tenders with spicy cream sauce.
Spicy Dipping Sauce
Cut chicken into strips; combine chicken with next 4 ingredients.
Toss in a bowl to coat; cover and chill for 4 hours.
Drain the chicken and coat with flour.
Pour oil in large Dutch oven 3 inches deep; heat to 350F degrees.
Cook a few pieces of chicken at a time (Not to overcrowd).
Cook until golden brown; drain on paper towels and keep warm.
Combine and mix spicy sauce; serve with chicken tenders.
Makes about 16 appetizers.
Learn how to make chicken tenders with honey sauce.
Pound the chicken breasts until thin; season with salt and pepper.
Cut into strips; beat egg whites slightly adding the water.
Dip the chicken strips in the egg white; roll in crumbs to cover.
Place strips on parchment lined tray; let stand 30 minutes.
Heat 1 part butter with 2 parts oil in a large skillet.
Sauté over medium until golden brown on both sides.
TO MAKE SAUCE blend honey and horseradish.
Serve with chicken fingers; serves 4 to 6.
Learn how to make chicken tenders with plum sauce.
Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.
Pound lightly to flatten; cut into strips and season with salt and pepper.
Combine walnuts with bread crumbs.
Dip chicken strips in beaten egg; coat with nut mixture.
Heat butter with oil in large skillet over medium heat.
Brown chicken on both sides turning one time.
FOR SAUCE combine plums and next 5 ingredients in food processor.
Process until chunky; pour mixture into medium saucepan.
Bring mixture to a boil; REDUCE HEAT to simmer.
Stir and cook for 20 minutes.
Stir together cornstarch and water until blended.
Stir cornstarch into hot mixture stirring until thickened.
Serve with chicken strips.
Learn how to make chicken tenders under broiler.
Combine orange segments and next eight ingredients in a shallow dish.
Add chicken strips to the mixture; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Drain chicken from marinade; place on greased broiler rack.
Broil about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until done.
Learn how to make chicken tenders with spice.
Make salsa ahead and refrigerate to enhance flavor.
Cut chicken into strips; place in shallow dish.
Combine jalapenos and next 3 ingredients; pour over chicken.
Cover dish and refrigerate for 1 hour.
PREHEAT BROILER; lightly grease broiler rack.
Drain chicken and discard marinade.
Place chicken strips on broiler rack.
Broil 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
FOR SALSA combine all ingredients; cover and chill before serving.
Serve salsa with chicken tenders; serves 4.
Learn how to make chicken tenders you will not forget.
Sprinkle the garlic salt all over the chicken strips turning to thoroughly cover.
Sprinkle the red pepper and the black pepper in the same manner.
Set chicken aside for about 1 hour to let chicken absorb the flavors.
Heat the oil (About 2-3 inches) in a deep fryer or large Dutch oven to 375F degrees.
Coat the chicken pieces with flour; deep fry for 3 minutes or until browned.
Drain chicken on paper towels; serves 6.
Learn how to make chicken tenders in the oven.
Combine in large bowl the sour cream, lemon juice, celery and salt.
Mix in the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic.
Add the chicken to the mixture and coat well; cover and refrigerate 8 hours.
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F degrees; lightly grease 15X10 inch baking pan.
In medium bowl combine the bread crumbs and sesame seeds.
Remove chicken from the sour cream mixture.
Roll chicken in the crumb mixture coating evenly.
Arrange chicken in a single layer on the prepared pan.
Spoon melted butter evenly over the chicken.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown; serve with honey mustard.
Learn how to make chicken tenders with lots of flavor.
Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a shallow dish.
Generously coat the chicken strips with the flour mixture.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high.
Add chicken browning on all sides until thoroughly cooked.
Learn how to make chicken tenders and serve with delicious salad.
Combine sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.
Add ketchup, vinegar, juice and soy; blend well and set aside.
FOR SALAD heat 1 TABLESPOON oil in a large skillet.
When hot stir fry carrots and green peppers for 2 minutes; remove from pan.
Add 1 TABLESPOON oil; add chicken and sauté until cooked about 5 minutes.
Add the dressing stirring until thickened; add mushrooms, carrots and green pepper.
Cook mixture until thoroughly heated.
Arrange the spinach on 4 plates; spoon hot mixture over the spinach.
NOTE: Divide all the mixture evenly distributing the meat and vegetables.
Garnish with pineapple chunks and cherry tomatoes; serve immediately.
Learn how to make chicken tenders and serve with favorite spaghetti sauce.
Combine crumbs and remaining ingredients in shallow bowl.
Dip chicken strips in beaten eggs; coat with crumb mixture.
Heat oil in a large skillet; brown chicken on both sides until done.
Serve with spaghetti sauce.
ADDITIONAL SAUCES FOR CHICKEN TENDERS
Sauté the onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until tender.
Stir in tomato sauce; add salt and pepper.
Simmer mixture for 10 minutes; add chopped basil at end.
Serve with cooked chicken tenders.
Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan stirring to blend well.
Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened; serve hot.
Combine all ingredients in food processor.
Pulse 3-4 times until finely chopped.
OPTION: If not thick enough combine 1 teaspoon cornstarch with a little of the cold liquid and blend well. Place everything in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened.
When learning how to make chicken tenders, you will find that most chicken tender recipes go great with homemade French fries. Peel about 2 pounds of large potatoes. Cut potatoes lengthwise into thin matchstick fries. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 340F degrees. Fry the potato sticks for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Drain and serve; serves 6.