You have to feel at least a little weird when you polish off that box of frozen breaded chicken, either in strip or nugget form, especially if you’ve ever seen this photo of what they look like before they’re “assembled.” It’s what you feed kids out of desperation when they won’t eat anything else. You’re not a cranky toddler, are you?  

Instead, get your chicken fix the faster, healthier way. Make a big batch of chicken tenders at home (they reheat nicely in the oven), dip them in grown-up ketchup or chipotle mayo or Dijon mustard, and put the debate about what you’re actually eating to rest. Why the buttermilk? It’s the easiest trick in the book: The acid tenderizes the chicken and adds that rich fried chicken flavor folks have been raving about for some time now.