Let us show you just how easy it is to make boiled chicken tenders! Perfect for recipes and dishes that call for precooked chicken, our boiled chicken tenderloins recipe is ready in just 15 minutes, easy to follow, and works with fresh or frozen chicken tenders to help you create the best WHOLE LOTTA YUM precooked chicken.
How to Boil Chicken Tenders
If there is one thing our home goes through a lot of it’s pre-cooked chicken. Whether we are boiling chicken breast on the stovetop or opting for boiled chicken tenders, there is always a need for meat that is ready for our variety of soups, stews, and casseroles.
If you are wondering how long to boil chicken tenders, then keep scrolling because we have all the details in this boiled chicken tenders recipe.
And if you aren’t quite sure what to use all of your wonderful boiled chicken tenderloins for, don’t worry we have got you covered. In fact, once you know how to boil chicken tenders you will be whipping up sour cream chicken enchilada casserole, green chili chicken casserole, and even buffalo chicken dip or keto cobb salad every chance you get.
Why You’ll Love This!
- Cooking in up in just 12 minutes, our boiled chicken tenders recipe is one of the fastest ways to precook chicken tenderloin pieces.
- We are going to show you how to boil chicken tenderloins whether you are working with fresh or frozen pieces of chicken.
- Boiled chicken tenders are perfect for just about every healthy eating plan you may follow including gluten-free, keto, low-carb, paleo, Whole30, sugar-free, and dairy-free.
- You can make this whole recipe with as little a 2 ingredients!
We love chicken tenders in our home for their ease and versatility. If you are looking for additional ways to cook chicken tenderloins look no further than our healthy baked chicken tenders, keto air fryer chicken tenders, healthy air fryer chicken tenders, Instant Pot chicken tenders, and our pan fried chicken tenders.
You can keep things simple with your boiled chicken tenders recipe, or check out the recipe variations to see how to add some extra pizzaz to your chicken tenderloin meat.
- uncooked chicken tenderloins – boneless, skinless, fresh or frozen
- Water – Instead of using water, the chicken tenders can be boiled in chicken broth or stock, too.
- Adding seasoning to the pot when cooking is optional, but feel free to add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, fresh herbs, or whole garlic cloves.
Step by Step Instructions
Making your boiled chicken tenders is as easy as bringing a pot of water to a boil, allowing your tenderloin pieces to cook, and draining. That’s all you need to make sure you have plenty of precooked chicken tenders available for all of your favorite soups, stew, and casseroles.
Place 1 lb raw chicken tenders (tenderloins) in a pot.
Cover with cold water until the water covers the chicken about 1/2-1″.
Place the lid on the pot.
Bring the water to a boil on high heat.
As soon as the water starts to bubble, turn the stovetop temperature down to medium-low.
With the lid on, continue to cook the chicken tenders for 2-3 minutes until they’re cooked through and the internal temperature is 160 F.
Use the chicken in recipes calling for pre-cooked chicken whether it’s shredded chicken or sliced chicken like salads, soups, or casseroles.
- The cookingtime for this recipe is based on using thawed chicken tenders. See below for additional information on cooking your boiled chicken tenders from frozen.
- Using the lid on your pot will help the water come up to a boil faster and keep the heat in the pot while the chicken tender pieces simmer.
- It is important to cook the chicken tenderloins fully. For best results we recommend using a digital meat thermometer to check for doneness.
Yes. To make your chicken tenderloins from frozen add the tenders to a pan and cover with water. Add the lid to the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce head to medium-low and simmer your frozen chicken tenders for 4-5 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 160F.
Believe it or not, they are the same thing. The tenderloin part of the chicken comes from the breast meat and it’s generally the most tender part. Generally speaking, chicken tender pieces are an economical way to eat chicken since it’s less expensive than many cuts.
More Chicken Tenders Recipes
Looking for more chicken tender recipes?
- Keto Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- Pan Fried Chicken Tenders
- Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Tenders
- Frozen Chicken Tenders in Air Fryer (Frozen Chicken Strips)
- 1 lb uncooked chicken tenders, boneless skinless
- Place 1 lb raw chicken tenders (tenderloins) in a pot. Cover with cold water until the water covers the chicken about 1/2-1". Place the lid on the pot.
- Bring the water to a boil on high heat. As soon as the water starts to bubble, turn the stovetop temperature down to medium-low. With the lid on, continue to cook the chicken tenders for 2-3 minutes until they're cooked through and the internal temperature is 160 F.
- Use the chicken in recipes calling for pre-cooked chicken whether it's shredded chicken or sliced chicken like salads, soups, or casseroles.
To boil frozen chicken tenders, add 2+ minutes to the cooking time until the internal temperature is 160 F.
Instead of using water, the chicken tenders can be boiled in chicken broth or stock too.
Adding seasoning to the pot when cooking is optional, but feel free to add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, fresh herbs, or whole garlic cloves.
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