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Grilled Chicken Tenders

These grilled chicken tenders are marinated in a flavorful blend of spices and seasonings and grilled until perfectly tender and juicy. They’re incredibly delicious and will make a great addition to your summer grilling rotation.

Grilled chicken tenders on metal skewers on a serving platter with lemon slices and sprigs of fresh parsley.

Why you’ll love this grilled chicken tenders recipe

  • If you love my grilled salmon kabobs, I know you’re going to love this recipe too. I’ve taken the delicious marinade from that recipe and tweaked it slightly for these grilled chicken tenders.
  • These chicken tenders are a great meal prep option and I love to make a batch or two to serve with salads all week long.
  • The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavorful it will be, but you can easily whip this recipe up in under and hour. It only takes a few minutes to make the marinade though so you can prep the rest of your meal while the chicken soaks in all that flavor.
Chicken skewers on a serving platter with lemon and parsley.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Chicken tenders – if you don’t have tenders, you can easily use this marinade with chicken breasts or chicken thighs, you’ll just have to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Lemon juice – don’t have lemon juice? Try limes or you can even substitute a vinegar such as white wine or rice vinegar (I don’t recommend balsamic for this).
  • Sesame seeds – if you don’t have these, feel free to leave them out, but they do add a ton of unexpected flavor to the recipe and I really encourage you to use them.
Grilled chicken tenders on a plate with a baked potato.

How to make grilled chicken tenders

Marinate the chicken. Whisk the marinade ingredients a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken tenders and stir to coat. Make sure the chicken is submerged in the liquid and cover the bowl. Refrigerate until ready to grill.

You can skewer the chicken tenders to make them easier to handle when they’re on the grill. If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.

Grill the chicken tenders. Preheat grill to medium-high (about 425˚F). Remove the chicken from the marinade and place them on the skewers if you’re using them. You don’t need to pat them dry or anything, but all any excess to drip off into the bowl.

Put the chicken tenders on the grill for about 8 minutes. Turn the chicken half way through, and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 165˚F. Remove the chicken from the grill and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Chicken on skewers on a serving platter.

frequently asked questions: grilled chicken tenders

How do you grill chicken without drying it out?

The easiest way to prevent chicken from drying out while grilling is to not over cook the chicken. I like to use a meat probe to monitor the temperature while I’m grilling, and remove it just as it reaches 165˚F.

How long does it take to grill chicken tenders on a gas grill?

Chicken tenders cook very quickly on a gas grill. At 425˚F, they should take about 8 minutes to cook. I recommend turning them once and using a meat thermometer to check their internal temperature before serving.

Close up of grilled chicken tenders on metal skewers on a platter with lemon slices and fresh parsley.

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Grilled Chicken Tenders

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4


These grilled chicken tenders are marinated in a flavorful blend of spices and seasonings and grilled until perfectly tender and juicy. They’re incredibly delicious and will make a great addition to your summer grilling rotation.


  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Add marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add chicken tenders, stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the chicken to marinate. While the chicken marinates soak wooden skewers, if using.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat (about 375˚F-400˚F).
  4. Add chicken tenders and grill for about 8 minutes turning once.
  5. When chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F, remove from grill.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 376
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
  • Sodium: 2061.1 mg
  • Fat: 17.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 45.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 109.8 mg

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Last Updated on May 11, 2022 by Melissa Belanger

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