Prepping your chicken before you start cooking it has never been easier. Mandy Klentz, aka Raising Krazies, showed us how to easily remove the yucky white bits (the tendons, for you Smart Pandas out there) from a piece of chicken breast in a viral TikTok video.
According to Mandy, all you have to do is stick the tendon through the middle of the fork, grab the end of the white bit with a paper towel with your other hand and then pull. The nasty white stuff pulls out off the chicken breast in one fell swoop. No mess, no fuss. And your chicken’s ready for cooking!
While I’m pretty sure that some people were aware of this neat trick, I was genuinely blown away. I always had a hard time getting rid of the tendons—I’d spend ten minutes trying to cut the tendons out with a knife. Then, I’d give up and cook the chickens with the tendons like a barbarian. Well, thanks to Mandy, more of us are going to be eating chicken this week—the right way. Scroll down for Bored Panda's interview with Mandy!
Mandy told us that she absolutely didn't expect that her video would become so popular. "I actually film recipes on my Instagram @raising_krazies quite often so for me it was just another dinner. I only shared it on TikTok because I pretty much didn’t understand TikTok at the time and was kind of just posting random things figuring out what works and what doesn’t," she said.
"I Googled how to remove the chicken tendon because I hate the chewy parts of the chicken in recipes and there was a really old video of someone doing this from years ago! I tried it and it worked. I thought it was really cool but I certainly didn’t imagine 4 million other people thinking it was also," Mandy told Bored Panda how she found out about the cooking hack. She said that she doesn't know any other chicken hacks but that she'll share them online if she finds any other awesome ones.
"I’m a long time stay at home to three little kids and a law enforcement officer's wife," Mandy told us more about herself. "In the past couple of years, I ventured into the world of social media because I started a health and wellness business online. I’m super grateful for platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook because they have allowed me to make a salary-sized income while staying home and raising my babies!"
Mandy thinks the fact that her chicken video "exploded so quickly" is what makes social media so amazing. "You truly can reach audiences of people you never even knew existed and I’m one of those people that truly believe social media is a way to form friendships with people all over the world! I have met some of the sweetest people online all because of my one minute raw chicken video, like how cool is that?"
Mandy’s video became so popular that she now calls herself the ‘TikTok chicken lady’ in her Instagram bio.
More than 4 million people saw her video, 9.6k left a comment, and 670.3k showed their love by giving it a like. Mandy now has over 20.8k followers on TikTok and 5.6k fans on Instagram.
It’s awesome that a simple cooking hack can become so popular and it goes to show that sometimes the best content is something that we can all relate to.
The chicken video was Mandy’s most popular TikTok by far. But be sure to check out her other videos from her daily life.