Perdue Introduces Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders - Celiac Disease
Oct 18 2012

Perdue Introduces Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

Perdue chicken has been around since I was a kid.  I distinctly remember my parents buying Perdue chicken, which stuck out in my head because my dad went to Purdue.  As an adult I realize the difference, but as far as I knew as a young child, they were one in the same. 


I forgot to check my local grocery store for these the other day, but have made a note in my phone to do so next time I am there.  The Simply Smart Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders come in two varieties – refrigerated or frozen.  The products use simple ingredients, just as the name states: honey, rice flour and brown sugar.  Make sure to check out the information page for a $1.00 off of the frozen variety. 


There are several recipes using the gluten-free breaded chicken, including Hacked Chicken Saute, Big Flavor Chicken Dippers and Fall Harvest Skillet.  I love the idea of keeping these on hand for busy weeknights to pair with some baked steak fries or on top of a salad. The tenders are certified gluten-free and can be found in grocery stores across the US

More about Perdue:

Arthur W. Perdue, a hard working railway express agent on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, noticed that the most prosperous farmers were those shipping table eggs. He also noticed Pearl Parsons. In 1917, he wed Pearl, and decided to become a poultry man. Pearl tended a backyard flock of layers adjacent to the couple’s new home in Salisbury, while Arthur saved up enough money to go into the poultry business full time.

Perdue has been family-owned and operated since our company’s founding in 1920. Our growth and success have been guided by three generations of leaders passionate about quality, integrity and trust.

Have you tried the new Perdue Simply Smart Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders?

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  1. Jessica says:

    Yes I have. They’re good but For some reason when I eat them I react to them the same way as gluten. They make me extremely tired. The ingredients are gluten free but there just be something in them somewhere that’s gluten.

    • Michele says:

      Omg! Same with my 4 year old son! We were so excited that Perdue came out with these and my son loved them! Since then, I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what has been triggering his symptoms again. He almost seems to start having cold-like or allergy symptoms since he started eating these. I was wondering if anyone else noticed! We actually had taken turkey sausage and his almond milk out of his diet along with these to see if he starts feeling better. I figured it couldn’t be these since they’re certified GF but now I’m seriously having my doubts and think there Is definitely something in the tenders. I’m now trying to figure out what ingredient in them is causing his symptoms…could they have carrageenan? I’m starting to think this may be a new problem additive for him. Going to have to google some more to see if anyone else has noticed gluten symptoms after eating these. In the meantime I guess they’re still off the menu 🙁

      • Jessica says:

        The only thing i can think of is maybe the chicken they use was fed something with gluten when they were raised. Its just very strange.

    • I am sorry to hear this!


  2. Samantha says:

    Love these, we have not had an issue–have only eaten them a couple of times, but no symptoms. We are loving having more convenient meal options as it can be a challenge with 2 young boys who are very active in sports/after school activities. I think that is one the biggest obstacles to having children with Celiac Disease.

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