How to Prepare Frozen Chicken Tenders

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How to Prepare Frozen Chicken Tenders
Make chicken fingers at home. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Chicken tenders, also known as chicken strips, are a quick meal that go well with dipping sauces and other finger foods like mozzarella sticks and onion rings. You may have purchased chicken tenders from your local supermarket and stowed them in the freezer until you're ready for a snack. However, with a few simple steps, you can prepare homemade chicken tenders anytime and enjoy fresh food seasoned with your favourite flavours. You'll also save money when you prepare your own chicken fingers, rather than buying a ready-made bag from the market.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Boneless chicken
  • Flour
  • Seasonings
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

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  1. 1

    Trim the chicken. Using a knife, slice away excess fat and skin from the boneless chicken. Discard the fat in a plastic bag and dispose the bag as soon as possible as it will rot quickly, causing a foul odour. Alternatively, you may purchase pre-trimmed chicken from the market, though this option will cost more per pound.

  2. 2

    Cut the chicken into strips. Hold the chicken firmly against the cutting board or a flat surface. Protect your fingers by placing your knuckle against the piece of chicken to keep in place. Slice the piece of chicken in half along its longest median point. This results in longer chicken tenders. Repeat the process, slicing each half in two. Cut enough chicken tenders to provide each person with four to six pieces.

  3. 3

    Season the chicken pieces. Salt and pepper are standard seasonings to add but you may also add others you like. Garlic salt makes a nice accompaniment and curry powder can add a flavourful zest. You might also use your favourite seasoned salt.

  4. 4

    Coat the chicken with flour. Place flour in a large bowl and dip each side of the chicken strip into the flour. After this, you can do the following for extra crunchy chicken tenders: dip the strips in melted butter and add a layer of breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes.

  5. 5

    Place the chicken strips in freezer bags. Label the bags as "chicken tenders" with the date so you can identify the meat after it is frozen.


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven. Store-bought chicken tenders will typically specify the optimal cooking temperature on the packaging. Otherwise, set the oven to 218 degrees Celsius, allowing five to ten minutes for the oven to reach this temperature.

  2. 2

    Place the chicken tenders on a baking tray or in a baking pan. Allow space between each strip of chicken. Put the sheet or pan of chicken on the centre rack of the oven.

  3. 3

    Set a timer. Frozen chicken tenders will cook within 20 minutes. Check the tenders after 15 minutes of cooking by cutting a slit in one with a knife and observing the colour. Undercooked chicken will appear pinkish or spill excess water.

  4. 4

    Serve the chicken tenders with your favourite dipping sauce.

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