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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


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



  • 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


  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.


  • 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. 

Keywords: easy grilled chicken, kid friendly, summer