The Frozen Chicken Tenders I Go Out of My Way to Get
Recently I’ve been trying to perfect my Buffalo chicken salad recipe, which means I’ve become a bit of a chicken tender connoisseur as I’ve searched the freezer section for great chicken tenders. As I’ve fine-tuned my recipe, I’ve tried many different brands.
Some didn’t seem to be as substantial when I’d lay them out on a baking sheet — the worst of which were mostly chunks of breading that burned in our air fryer. The bigger pieces ended up soggy and not as crispy as I would have liked. I was beginning to think that perfect chicken tenders didn’t exist, but then I found Wegmans Frozen Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Strips, which are so good that I go out of my way to get them.
What’s So Great About Wegmans Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Strips?
Wegmans chicken strips are juicy on the inside and satisfyingly crunchy on the outside, and have a peppery kick that my husband and I both enjoy. We typically buy the family pack, which costs $14.99 for 46 ounces (versus $7.99 for 22 ounces). A bag tends to last us around four meals, making it a budget-friendly option for us. (We also always set some aside for our dog, Tito, when we want to give him a little treat.)
What’s the Best Way to Use Wegmans Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Strips?
To make my famous Buffalo chicken salads, I cut up a head of iceberg lettuce, crumble some blue cheese, and add black olives, followed by a squirt of blue cheese dressing before arranging the cooked tenders on top and sprinkling with hot sauce. The salad reminds us of some of the restaurant versions we’ve had — but for a fraction of the price.
The chicken strips are a tasty addition to quesadillas, too. We make them in the quesadilla maker we bought over the holidays last year, but you can also make them in a skillet. Either way, you’ll have dinner in less than five minutes. The chicken strips are also perfect for what we call our “adult kids’ meal”: chicken tenders, fries, and veggies all baked in the oven.
Buy: Wegmans Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Strips, $9.79 for 22 ounces at Instacart
Do you have a favorite brand of frozen chicken tenders? Tell us about it in the comments.