Product Review: Gluten-free Quorn Chik'n Tenders
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May 12 2010

Product Review: Gluten-free Quorn Chik'n Tenders

I received a complimentary sample of Quorn Chik’n Tenders a while back. Quorn Chik’n Tenders are a soy-free, meat-free protein source suitable for vegetarians. The Chik’n Tenders are the only gluten-free version of their products.

I was making my son dinner the other night and he had requested buttered penne pasta. While I was fine with that, he needed a protein to go along with it. He headed out to cut the grass and I got down to work in the kitchen. I pulled out the Quorn Chik’n Tenders and made some BBQ chicken tenders to go along side of his penne. If you remember, he is extremely picky, so I had no intention of informing him before he ate that this was not chicken. He tends to form an opinion before he tastes something based on watching it being prepared or reading the ingredients. Well, if I let him do this will all of his food, the kids would exist on milk & yogurt.

The tenders were quick to cook in a saute pan with a little Pam and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce. Jon immediately said that it smelled amazing when he walked in!  He sat down and inhaled his food and then went on & on about how good the “chicken” was. He said it was awesome! That is quite the compliment and endorsement coming from a picky 14 year old boy. I had to concur. I was impressed with the texture & taste of the Quorn Chik’n Tenders. We even re-heated leftovers the following day with the same results. Hannah had some for dinner the 2nd night and also liked it. She didn’t rave as much as Jon, but this is the child who likes peanut butter one day and not the next. I can’t keep up.

Quorn Chik’n Tenders have 80 calories, 2 grams fat, 4 grams of fiber & 10 grams of protein per serving. They are a little high in sodium at 390 mg/serving, so take care when cooking to not add a lot of extra salt.

The Quorn brand has been sold in the UK since 1985 and has since become the #1 retail brand of meat-free foods in the world! Quorn launched in the US in 2002 and has become the best selling meat-free brand in natural food stores. The main ingredient in Quorn products is mycoprotein. What is mycoprotein? From the Quorn website:

The mycoprotein comes from Fusarium venenatum, which was originally discovered growing in a field in Buckinghamshire, England. In the late 1960s, initial product development began, soon recognizing mycoprotein’s potential as an efficient and nutritious protein source.

Have you tried Quorn Chik’n Tenders? If you are looking to find Quorn foods in your area, click here to see where you can find them close to you.

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  • Kim Buckton

    Thanks for this review, Kim! I did not know Quorn had any gf products and I am always looking for veg GF options!

  • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

    You are welcome, Kim! I hope you enjoy! :)