Teenagers and young adults sure do have crazy big appetites don’t they? And when it comes to my college student daughter, when she wants food, she wants it NOW! Now that she’s home again for the summer with her fiance, we need some quick and easy options on hand. And of course I’m looking for ones that are budget friendly. We’ve been a big fan of Tyson chicken products for quite some time now and when I heard about these chicken fries, I was intrigued and wanted to try them.
I told my daughter about them and she got very excited! Apparently there was a fast food joint that used to sell chicken fries and they were one of her favorite items. Once we went to Sam’s Club to try them out at one of the food demo booths, we were sold. Amber, the fantastic food demonstrator gave us lots of ideas for dipping sauces and other ways of serving the chicken fries. She said that beyond just eating them as is,her family also enjoyed them thrown into a salad (for example, to make a chicken Caesar salad) or put into a tortilla or taco shell with your favorite toppings to make chicken tacos. If you head on over to my Google+ album, you can see my entire shopping experience!
What are Tyson chicken fries? Well they are about the size and shape of French fries but in this case, they are breaded, white meat chicken tenders. At $9.98 for a 3.5 pound bag at Sam’s Club, this product is a great deal too! Simply place some on a baking sheet in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes and voila! You have a main dish for dinner or a great snack to take on the go.
To round out the meal, I made some roasted potatoes too. I simply scrubbed them (no need to peel) and cut them into cubes about an inch big. Toss them with a bit of oil (I used a canola/olive oil blend) and then add spices of your choice. Just some sea salt by itself can be really tasty but other great options are: lemon pepper, an Italian herb blend, Grill Mates Applewood Spice Rub, La Grille Blazin’ Bourbon Pepper, or Grill Mates Mojito Lime Spice Rub. I put them in the 400 degree oven first, for about 10-15 minutes, and then added the chicken fries to the oven so that the chicken and potatoes would all be ready at the same time. While they’re cooking, you can easily throw together a tossed salad or steam some vegetables and of course, whip up a few dipping sauces.
I threw together 4 different dipping sauces for our Tyson chicken fries (also good for French fries!). I made small batches of them so we could have more variety Just increase the quantities if you want to make more:
1) Avocado mayo dipping sauce: I used President’s Choice Avocado Mayonnaise as my main ingredient. Mix up 2 T. of the avocado mayo with 1 T. Miracle Whip, 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper. My daughter, not normally a big avocado fan, quite liked this one. It was one of my favorites.
2) Honey mustard dipping sauce: This one was based on the recommendation of Amber, the Tyson chicken fries demonstrator at Sam’s Club. I mixed together 2 T. plain mayo, 1 T. honey mustard, and seasoned it with some Grill Mates Applewood Spice Rub (season to your taste). I predicted this one would be really popular with my daughter, I was right. It was her favorite.
3) Mojito Lime Dipping sauce: So while I was picking up the Grill Mates Applewood Spice Rub at Sam’s Club, right next to it, I saw some Grill Mates Mojito Lime Spice Rub as well. I loves me some mojitos and of course, just HAD to make a dipping sauce out of this too! First I took about 1/4 cup cottage cheese and used my hand blender to blend it until it was smooth and creamy. I mixed in about a teaspoon of Miracle Whip, 1/2 tsp. of lime juice, 1/2 tsp. of the Mojito Lime seasoning. My daughter found this one a bit overpowering and might
have preferred it with less of the lime and seasoning in it. I found it really delicious and it was my other favorite.
4) Spicy ketchup dipping sauce: My daughter really likes ketchup but I made this one with my future son-in-law in mind because that boy wants to put ketchup on anything and everything! I decided to switch things up a bit by trying out a ketchup that was just a little bit different. I started with 1/4 cup plain ketchup and added in: a pinch of red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp. horseradish, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. plain yellow mustard
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