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19 reasons chicken tenders make the perfect dinner hack

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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Chicken tender recipes

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Chicken tender recipes

Crispy or naked, frozen or from the deli, pre-cooked chicken tenders get dinner made faster.

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Crispy chicken and beet hummus pitas

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Crispy chicken and beet hummus pitas

Stuff these pitas with crispy chicken tenders and vibrant beet hummus for a quick meal.

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Easy chicken spaghetti

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Easy chicken spaghetti

Creamy Alfredo pasta with asparagus is even tastier when topped with crispy chicken.

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Crispy chicken salad with pineapple

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Crispy chicken salad with pineapple

Top this salad with pineapple salsa and frozen crispy chicken tenders for a satisfying meal.

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Firecracker chicken tenders

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Firecracker chicken tenders

Frozen crispy chicken tenders are tossed with a sweet and spicy Asian-inspired sauce in this easy recipe.

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Gluten-free Hip Chicks chicken and waffles

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Gluten-free Hip Chicks chicken and waffles

Hip Chicks is the new organic free-range chicken on the block. Their chicken and waffles recipe looks super-kid-friendly.

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Chicken fingers with mac and cheese

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Chicken fingers with mac and cheese

Their personal-size chicken fingers with mac and cheese recipe looks like a kid-pleaser too.

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Crispy chipotle chicken tacos

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Crispy chipotle chicken tacos

Crispy chicken tenders heated from frozen make these chipotle tacos super-easy to pull together on busy nights.

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Honey-pepper chicken mac and cheese

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Honey-pepper chicken mac and cheese

Toss cooked crispy chicken tenders (from frozen) with honey-pepper sauce, then use them to top mac and cheese.

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Ramen noodle General Tso's

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Ramen noodle General Tso's

Frozen crispy chicken tenders or nuggets get the star treatment in this recipe for General Tso's ramen noodles.

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Orange peel chicken

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Orange peel chicken

Use crispy chicken tenders or even nuggets to make this tangy orange peel chicken.

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Honey- and soy-glazed chicken

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Honey- and soy-glazed chicken

Rice vinegar, soy sauce and honey make a flavorful sauce for crispy chicken tenders in this recipe.

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Cheesy chicken broccoli-rice casserole

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Cheesy chicken broccoli-rice casserole

Using pre-cooked frozen chicken tenders makes this cheesy broccoli-rice casserole even easier to cook.

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Chicken, avocado and raspberry salad

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Chicken, avocado and raspberry salad

Add some heft to this flavorful salad by topping it with crispy chicken tenders.

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Bacon-wrapped Buffalo tenders

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Bacon-wrapped Buffalo tenders

Wrapped in bacon, cooked frozen Buffalo chicken tenders are drenched in blue cheese sauce in this recipe.

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Sriracha-honey chicken tenders

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Sriracha-honey chicken tenders

Frozen crispy chicken tenders coated in Sriracha-honey sauce and served with homemade dip are a fun snack.

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Crispy Buffalo chicken tacos

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Crispy Buffalo chicken tacos

Frozen Buffalo chicken tenders are the secret to these easy tacos.

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Creamy tomato, chicken and spinach pasta

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Creamy tomato, chicken and spinach pasta

Frozen pre-cooked chicken tenders add protein and heft to this pasta dish.

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