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The Instacart guide to chicken tenders

About chicken tenders

Chicken tenders are easy to prepare and enjoy for a reason. They're boneless strips of meat that come from the outside portion of the chicken breast. Think of them like you would prepare beef or pork tenderloin. They're the juiciest and most tender cut, which makes chicken tenders pretty irresistible.

If you and your family enjoy eating chicken breast, chances are you'll like chicken tenders too. The two cuts are both white meat and have similar tastes. Plus, given their boneless nature and relatively small size, chicken tenders can be finger food or prepared as part of a dish.

Whether you're planning a gourmet meal or a quick dinner for the family, chicken tenders are always a great idea. Fortunately, if you need a few extra ingredients for your recipe, there's no need to go grocery shopping in person. Instead, you can shop your local supermarket and order via Instacart. Pick up at the store within 2 hours or take advantage of same-day delivery and save tons of time!

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Buy your favorite chicken tender online with Instacart. Order chicken tender from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours.

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FAQs About Chicken Tender

When purchasing frozen chicken, it's easy to confuse tenders with strips or even assume that the two are identical cuts. Although they're similar, chicken strips and tenders aren't the same. Tenders come from the outer muscle of the chicken breast, while strips come from a part of the breast that tends to produce slightly tougher meat. As a result, tenderloins are truly tender and juicy, while strips can be slightly drier and tougher.

In most cases, you can use strips and tenders interchangeably. However, it's important to follow the instructions on the package when you prepare either cut. Naturally, you want to ensure that you cook them long enough to be safe without cooking them too long and making them overly tough.

As their name suggests, chicken tenders are known for being some of the most tender and juicy cuts of chicken. When your tenders turn out to be dry and tough, it's easy to feel disappointed. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your chicken tenders juicy.

If you've purchased frozen tenders that are breaded or seasoned, keep in mind that they're already precooked, and you're simply warming them up to a safe temperature. Baking them too long can seriously dry out chicken tenders, so consider putting them in the oven or microwave for slightly less time. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature before serving.

If you're preparing fresh chicken tenders, consider marinading or brining them before cooking. Taking this extra step adds both liquid and flavor to the tenders, making them even more delicious.

If you'd prefer not to buy frozen tenders and your supermarket doesn't carry fresh chicken tenderloin, it's relatively easy to improvise. Start by buying fresh, skinless chicken breasts from the butcher or grocery store. Then slice it lengthwise strips that are approximately a half-inch thick.

Finally, prepare the chicken tenders according to your recipe. You can dice them for a stir-fry, bread them for the kids, or add them to your go-to chicken soup recipe. Even if they weren't specifically labeled “chicken tenderloin,” this improvised version works just as well in most cases.
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