Last Updated on June 6, 2021
EDITOR’S NOTE: These chicken tenders were reformulated after this post was published. You can read about the new Parmesan Herb Chicken Tenders here.
For a low-inventory grocery store, Aldi offers a lot of frozen chicken options. We know, because we’ve tried many of them, and we’re still working our way through the selection.
There are so many types of frozen breaded chicken at Aldi that many online fans refer to the chicken by the color of the bags they’re sold in. The most famous is the red bag chicken that goes great with Aldi brioche buns, but there’s also blue bag chicken, yellow bag chicken, and — what I’m looking at here today — green bag chicken.
Also known as Kirkwood Parmesan Herb Encrusted Chicken Tenders, this green bag chicken costs $5.99 for a 28-oz. bag at the time of publication.
The chicken tenders are a Regular Buy, which means they can be found at Aldi year round.
They consist of breaded chicken breast tenders made from white meat chicken, and they contain up to 20% seasoning solution.
Unlike many other frozen breaded chicken options at Aldi, these are sold uncooked, so you’ll need to thoroughly cook this raw chicken before serving it. That means these have the longest preparation time of all the breaded chicken tenders at Aldi, although they’re not any harder to prepare; they just need more time in the oven.
The bag gives directions for oven baking only and specifically states not to microwave this chicken. To bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place frozen tenders on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, then insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the chicken. Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
The ingredients list is lengthy but not as full of hard-to-recognize ingredients as you might expect for a processed, breaded chicken product.
If you’re watching out for allergens, this chicken has milk, soy, and wheat.
One bag contains seven 4-oz. servings, with one serving netting you 230 calories, 9 grams of total fat (12% DV), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (8% DV), 650 mg of sodium (28% DV), 18 grams of total carbohydrates (7% DV), 0 grams of added sugars, and 19 grams of protein.
My family likes these Parmesan chicken tenders, and they are very kid friendly. They don’t have a strong Parmesan flavor, and the breading has a finer texture than traditional chicken tenders or the type of chicken fingers you might get with fries or onion rings at a restaurant.
These cooked Parmesan chicken tenders can be eaten as they are, but my family likes them with a mild dipping sauce such as Ranch or honey mustard. They also go well with traditional sides such as mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, or a salad. I find them to be ideal on evenings when I don’t want to make a complicated recipe or spend a lot of time hovering over the stove. I can pop these in the oven, set the timer, and relax for a while as dinner bakes.
Kirkwood Parmesan Herb Encrusted Chicken Tenders, also known to Aldi fans as green bag chicken, are sold raw, so you’ll need to allow plenty of time for them to bake in the oven. They are a flavorful comfort food, with a fine-textured crispy breading on the outside and tender chicken inside, and they make a good easy family dinner.