Another day, another chicken nugget/tender, another step closer to the cardiology department. These battered cylinders from Tyson come in a big old freezer bag, that while promises a resealable experience, I always manage to tear asunder. Always have resealable freezer bags on hand folks.
Cooking: Bake or nuke. Or in my case, air fry. I find the air fryer works really well with these. The microwave is your friend if you love mush of course.
Taste and texture: I was initially non-plussed with these, there’s not much chicken flavor hidden inside the batter. After one or two though, and I discovered the real beauty of these tenders – the grease bomb that is the batter. The batter just oozes with caloric richness. There’s a hearty crunch as you bite in, then a slick oiliness that coats your mouth instantly afterwards. You forget about the chicken and become an instant Homer Simpson, ‘hmmmmm, batter grease”.
Overall: I found myself becoming a bigger and bigger fan of these the more I ate. I have no shame when it comes to junky frozen food (see our best of list here). There is no real redeeming quality to these, they are the epitome of what people hate about processed food – but they’re still lovely little grease bombs at the same time. Please don’t tell my wife I have a half packet hidden at the back of the freezer is all.
Tyson Batter Dipped Chicken Breast Tenders cooking and nutrition
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