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How to Microwave Chicken Tenders

author image Jeff Herman
Jeff Herman began his journalism career in 2000. An experienced, award-winning sportswriter, his work has appeared in "The Washington Post," "ESPN the Magazine" and the "Boston Herald," among other publications. Herman has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from West Virginia University.
How to Microwave Chicken Tenders
Microwavable chicken tenders are an easy solution for that last-minute meal. Photo Credit: bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

Cooking chicken tenders in the microwave is a fast and easy solution to your last-minute meal challenge. Chicken tenders that have only been partially cooked before being frozen, though, can contain bacteria. So look for labels that indicate that the nuggets have been fully cooked ahead of time to ensure quick cooking and prevent food-borne illness.

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Step 1

Remove your bag of chicken tenders from the refrigerator or freezer and take out the number of tenders you’re planning to serve. The suggested serving size is around five tenders per person, or less if you’re making them for a child.

Step 2

Lay chicken tenders in a single layer on microwave-safe plate. The size of the plate needed depends on the amount of tenders you’re making. Use a small plate for one or two servings, or a larger one for multiple servings. Don’t stack the chicken tenders on top of each other because this causes uneven cooking; if they don’t fit in a single layer, use a bigger plate.

Step 3

Place the plate of chicken tenders in the microwave. Cook time varies depending on how many you’re cooking. For example, five tenders require up to 60 seconds to cook, while 15 tenders can take 2 ½ minutes. Refer to the package for specific cook times.

Step 4

Let your chicken cool off a little before serving with your favorite dipping sauce.
Let your chicken cool off a little before serving with your favorite dipping sauce.

Take the chicken out of the microwave once fully cooked, transfer the tenders to a serving plate using tongs and let the them cool off for up to two minutes before eating. The chicken will be hot, and letting them cool is especially important when serving to young children.

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