Aug 19, 2014

Weeknight Skillet Sazon Chicken Tenders



This simple, kid-friendly chicken dish is quick and easy to make for any night of the week – ready in under 15 minutes!

When Karina, my oldest daughter (and the pickier of the two) was younger, and I was making something spicy I knew she wouldn't eat, I used to quickly whip up this dish. Nothing fancy, it was simple and easy with ingredients I always had on hand.

Funny because once she went off to college I never made it again. Recently I ask her which of my recipes she likes most, this one is in her list of top 10. Considering how much she likes it and how quick and easy it is to make, I figured I'd have to share it with you all here. I always served it for her over rice with avocado but you can serve it over farro, quinoa or any grain you prefer. I've also taken the leftovers and shredded them in my blender for amazing shredded chicken to use in fajitas and quesadillas.



Weeknight Skillet Sazon Chicken Tenders
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 2 tenders with sauce • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 208 • Fat: 6 g • Protein: 33 g • Carb: 4 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 187 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 104 mg

Ingredients:
  • 8 (1.25 lb) chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry sazon seasoning (use my homemade sazon)
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced scallions
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

Directions:

Season chicken with dry sazon seasoning and salt. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add chicken, cook 4 minutes, turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown. Set aside on a dish.


Add remaining teaspoon of oil and scallions and cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add tomato, season with salt and cook 3 to 4 minutes until soft and thickened. 
Add the broth, mix and return the chicken; cover and simmer 1 to 2 minutes to loosen the sauce.

38 comments :

  1. This looks so good and so simple...my favorite combo! And how timely since you just showed us how to make our own sazon! :) I am always looking for new chicken recipes, so thanks for sharing.

    I saw on IG that it looks like you are in Asheville right now - at the Biltmore. That is SUCH a beautiful place. My husband and I were there in February, and it was just amazing. If you want a restaurant suggestion - go to the Grove Park Inn and eat at the Edison. Beautiful atmosphere and amazing food.

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    1. Oh yes, and Tupelo Honey was a great spot as well. A bit more casual. But a delicious mix of hippie and soul food. :) Enjoy!

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    2. Thanks, yes I love it here!! Beautiful place!

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  2. Jenny Gibbons8/19/14, 10:51 AM

    Looks awesome! I found annatto at a Mexican market this weekend and plan to whip up a batch of your sazon seasoning today.

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  3. I'm supposing it is a total of 1.25 pounds chicken tenders, not 8 (1.25 lb) tenders?

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  4. you shred chicken in a BLENDER???? doesn't that make it all gummy? i'd rather use two forks than disassemble a blender covered in pulverized chicken! this fascinates me.

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    1. Yes, pulse it for a few seconds. Good for fillings!

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    2. I missed the Sazon recipe.. where do I find it on the site?

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  5. It's linked in the ingredients, click the link to get it.

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  6. I am always looking for new weeknight chicken recipes! Thanks for this one!

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  7. Looks great and seems like something my two picky eaters won't have many complaints about. BONUS! I can't wait to put this on my menu for next week. :)

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  8. I am currently cooking this and it smells delicious.

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  9. I'm going to make this tonight! Gina, if I wanted to make this really spicy, what do you recommend? My husband loves spicy food.

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    1. I would buy a serrano pepper, dice it and add it with the tomatoes!

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    2. Oh I forgot to add in my comments below that I added a pepper as well as I like spicy too! Yum

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  10. Gina this makes me so happy! We're always looking for new ideas for chicken, and easy to do on a weeknight? Bonus! You're a lifesaver!
    -Lauren

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  11. Mmm sometimes it doesn't take more than this, and it looks so good! I'm just about to make me some dinner, and this had my stomach rumbling. I bet the sazon seasoning mix makes it taste just that little bit special, lovely ^ ^

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  12. I made this for dinner last night; phenomenal. My husband came home, "It smells good in here, is that dinner?"

    I added a handful of peas to the rice. I had two jalapenos that needed to be used, so I seeded them and sliced thinly. I added about 20 black olives.

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  13. Thanks for this great recipe. it looks so simple and delicious. i'll try it tonite!

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  14. I made this with chicken and shrimp and substituted the rice for gluten and gmo free quinoa. Delicious!

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  15. This was wonderful! My four-year old (very picky eater) loved it. Also, I'm so happy that you included a link for a sazon spice mixture recipe because, although I live in Seattle and we certainly have it somewhere, I couldn't find either the Badia or Goya brands at the store where I usually go to shop.

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  16. Super easy and yummy! My kids loved it! I had my 13 year old son prepare the Sazon. Thanks, Gina!

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  17. My husband and I made this together the other night. Delish! My 6 year old wasn't in to it, but my 8 year old totally loved it. THANKS!!

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  18. This was wonderful. I served it with your yellow latin rice....mmmm. By eating almost strictly from your website, my husband and I have lost a combined total of 70 pounds. Thank you!!

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    1. LOVE THAT!!! Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed this!

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  19. Looks great, would this freeze well? I'm pregnant and want to make as many freezer meals as possible before the baby.

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    1. I've never frozen this, but I think it would freeze fine.

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  20. Can this be frozen?

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  21. I do the same thing to shred chicken but in the stand up mixer while still warm, pulse for a few seconds...amazing:)

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  22. I made this last night and it was great! It was a simple meal with steamed broccoli and jasmine rice, but my kids loved it! My 7 year old son called it taco chicken (which is a huge compliment from him) and my 5 year old daughter said I should make it every day. The best part was that it was such a fast meal for after football thst my family loved. Next time I'll probably double it to have extra for another meal.

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    1. Wonderful, so glad everyone in your house enjoyed this Angela!

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  23. Gina, thank you for sharing all of your tasty creations. Our family really enjoyed this easy and flavorful dish!

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  24. I have the raising canes sauce recipe that will go perfect with this dish! Check it out: http://www.cravingqueen.com/copycat-raising-canes-sauce/

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  25. Is a chicken tender chicken that is already crumbed? Or just plain chicken breast? Thanks!

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