A favorite with adults and kidsgrilled chicken tenders marinated in olive oil, garlic, spices, and lemon juice, then grilled until juicy tender.

grilled chicken tenders on a platter.
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You will love these easy-grilled chicken tenders! Similar to our grilled chicken drumsticks as they are made with mostly pantry ingredients and require minimal prep. Not to mention they are incredibly flavorful!

It’s a family loved recipe that can be whipped up in no time to serve alongside Tomato Cucumber Salad and Cilantro Rice.

These chicken strips are also great for meal-prep recipes like strawberry spinach salad with chicken and spring roll bowl with grilled chicken.

Grilled Chicken Tenders Marinade

The secret to these grilled chicken tenders is the marinade that consists of a delicious combo of dried herbs. It’s an incredibly flavorful combination of mostly pantry ingredients.

You’ll need the following ingredients for the chicken marinade:

  • dried parsley
  • red chili flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh lemon juice
  • fresh garlic
  • honey
  • olive oil
ingredients for grilled chicken tenders.

To make the marinade, simply combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

two bowl photos showing oil with dried herbs in one and, whisked oil with herbs in the second.

Toss the marinade with the chicken tenders until evenly coated and let sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Marinating the chicken will ensure it will be moist and flavorful!

two photos, showing chicken with marinade in one, and chicken tenders tossed with marinade in the second.

How to Grill Chicken Tenders

For full information on grilling chicken tenders, see the recipe card below.

Preheat the grill on medium-high heat. Clean and oil the grill grates.

Place the chicken tenders on the grill in a single layer. Grill the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until the juices run clear and an internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

chicken tenders on a grill.

The cooking time of the chicken tenders will vary with the size and thickness of the tenders.

To Make Grilled Chicken Tenders on the Stovetop: To make chicken tenders on the stovetop, use a cast-iron grill pan and heat it over medium-high heat. Brush the pan with little avocado oil. Add tenders to the pan in a single layer, and cook as directed, 3-4 minutes on each side.

How Do You Keep Chicken Tenders from Drying on the Grill?

Chicken tenders taste tender and moist when cooked properly. Here are two tips to keep them from drying out on the grill:

  • Correct temperature. Cooking the chicken tenders on indirect medium-high heat, which is about 375 to 400 degrees F will ensure they don’t overcook. Make sure to clean and oil the grill grates before grilling!
  • Invest in a meat thermometer. Chicken tenders vary in size so the cooking time will vary. For larger-size tenders, it’ll take 3-4 minutes to cook on each side. To ensure they are not overcooked use a digital meat thermometer — it should register 165 degrees F.

Serving Suggestions

Here are some ways to serve grilled chicken tenders throughout the week:

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerate: To store leftover chicken tenders, place them in a closed container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Freeze: To freeze cooked chicken tenders, place them in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

close up of easy grilled chicken tenders on a platter with sliced lemon.

Recipe FAQs

Can you marinate chicken tenders overnight?

I do not recommend marinating the chicken overnight since the marinade contains fresh lemon juice, which can change the texture of the meat if it’s left to soak for too long. This marinade should be used for no more than 3 hours.

What’s the difference between chicken tenders and chicken breast?

Chicken tenders are thin muscles that are loosely attached underside of the chicken breast and taste exactly as the breast meat.

Can you bake chicken tenders in the oven?

Yes, you can bake chicken tenders in the oven. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange the tenders in a single layer. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway.

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grilled chicken tenders

Grilled Chicken Tenders

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Grilled chicken tenders marinated in olive oil, garlic, spices, and lemon juice, then grilled until juicy tender. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, honey, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the chicken tenders and toss to evenly coat. Let the chicken marinate for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Preheat an outdoor gas grill on medium-high heat. Clean and oil the grill grates.
  4. Place the chicken in a single layer on the grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until juices run clear and internal temperature registers at 165 F. Cook time will vary with the size and thickness of the tenders. I used larger size tenders.
  5. Remove the tenders to a plate, cover with foil, and rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Dried Parsley: Dried oregano or Italian seasoning also works great instead of parsley.
  • Stovetop Instructions: Use a heavy-bottom grill pan, such as cast-iron, and heat it over medium high heat. Brush the pan with avocado oil or other high-heat oil. Add tenders to the pan in a single layer, and cook as directed, 3-4 minutes per side. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tenders
  • Calories: 219
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 816.4 mg
  • Fat: 8.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Protein: 29.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 73.2 mg

Keywords: easy grilled chicken, kid friendly, summer