15 BEST chicken tender recipes you'll come back to time and time again! Chicken tenders aka chicken tenderloin make for fast, easy, and cheap dinner recipes! It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
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Chicken Tenderloins Recipes
Chicken tenders seem to be one of the most undervalued and underused chicken parts. But seriously, they've become one of our most beloved go to simple weeknight dinner ideas! Getting your main dish on the table in UNDER 15 minutes is tough to do, but chicken tenders are up for the job!
Whether you're looking for recipes for chicken tenders in your oven, on the stove, grilled, air fried, in your crock pot, or Instant Pot, we have you covered! We've featured a variety of methods to add variety to your meal rotation.
Most of the chicken tenders recipes come from recipes on our website, a few come from other foodie websites we enjoy. If you want to learn how to cook chicken tenderloin you'll love this resource that features tons of chicken tenderloin recipes using different types of techniques! ALL of the homemade recipes are simple and under 30 minute meals.
Chicken tenders are pieces of chicken meat cut from chicken breasts. If you purchase chicken breast meat with the rib meat attached, that means the chicken tender is also included with the chicken breast. When the tenderloin muscle gets cut off, that's what is being referred to as a chicken tender.
Chicken tenders and chicken cutlets are one and the same in the sense that they're both pieces of chicken meat that come from the chicken breast. Chicken tenders are the rib meat attached to the chicken that usually gets removed. Whereas chicken cutlets are chicken breasts that have been cut in half lengthwise to make thinly sliced chicken breast meat which cooks evenly and very quickly.
There are many different ways to cook chicken tenders and several different recipes for them. Some people like to bread chicken strips before cooking them, while others like their chicken tenderloins without breading or seasonings. In chicken strip recipes, chicken tenders are often paired with marinades to add flavor and moisture before being cooked.
Maybe, chicken tenders are a part of the attached chicken breast meat. When people refer to chicken strips they often are thinking of the breaded chicken breast pieces that have been sliced into strips. Sometimes these terms are also used interchangeably.
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