Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders

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These garlic butter chicken tenders are super juicy, tender, and loaded with flavor. The chicken tenderloins are coated in a flavorful garlic butter mixture and are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s one of the easiest ways to cook chicken tenders.

Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders

Make this chicken tender recipe if you are looking for a quick and delicious meal loaded with delicious flavor and paired with many side dishes to create a complete meal.

Just think about some juicy chicken tenders smothered in a buttery-rich sauce loaded with garlic flavors. Sounds incredibly delicious, right?

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So gather all the ingredients from the above list and enjoy one of the best chicken recipes you have ever tried.

What are Chicken Tenders?

Chicken tenders are a popular cut of meat that are often used to make delicious and easy-to-prepare meals. While some may think that chicken tenders are simply thin strips of chicken breast, they are actually a specific cut of meat found underneath and attached to the chicken breast. Despite being small in size, chicken tenders are known for being the most tender and juicy part of the chicken breast.

Each chicken breast has two tenders, and when cooked properly, they are incredibly moist and flavorful. Due to their tenderness and ease of preparation, chicken tenders have become a staple ingredient in many dishes, from salads and wraps to fried and baked chicken tenders. Additionally, their small size makes them a great option for kids’ meals or as a protein-packed snack.

Why Are You Going To Love This Chicken Tenders Recipe

  • You can make it ahead of time.
  • Super easy to make in under 20 minutes.
  • Made from easy and healthy ingredients.
  • Loaded with delicious flavors.
  • It’s a one-pan recipe.
  • It’s a versatile recipe.
  • It can be paired with many delicious side dishes.

Ingredients For Chicken Tenders

A great thing about this recipe is that it is made using a few easy-to-find ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. So check this list and prepare the ingredients to create one of the most delicious chicken recipes.

Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders Ingredients
  • Chicken Tenders – remove them from the fridge an hour before cooking them for the best result and even cooking.
  • Italian Seasoning – you can buy it from the store or use this recipe to make your Italian seasoning at home.
  • Onion Powder – used to add extra flavor to the chicken tenders. You can skip it or replace it with garlic powder.
  • Butter – use unsalted butter for cooking the chicken tenders.
  • Paprika – I used smoked paprika for an intense smoky flavor.
  • Salt&Pepper – to taste.
  • Parsley – fresh chopped parsley to garnish.

For The Sauce

  • Butter – adds a buttery flavor and helps create a velvety sauce.
  • Garlic – fresh minced garlic for an intense flavor.
  • Chicken Broth – you can also replace it with vegetable broth.
  • Lemon Juice – gives brightness and acidity to the sauce.
  • Hot Sauce – you can skip it if you are not a big fan of spicy dishes.

How To Make This Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders

What’s not to love about this delicious recipe that’s super easy to make in such a short time without needing any cooking skills? Here are the instructions that you need to follow:

Season The Chicken Tenders

Add the chicken tenders to a large bowl, then sprinkle the Italian seasoning, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Mix using a silicone spatula until each chicken tender is well coated with seasoning.

Cooking The Chicken Tenders

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the chicken tenders.

Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until no longer pink.

Remove from the pan and set aside.

Make The Garlic Butter Sauce

Add the butter to the same skillet where you cooked the chicken tenders. Then add the minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes until tender.

Stir in the chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Mix and cook for 30 seconds until everything is well mixed.

Return the chicken tender to the skillet and toss them with the sauce.

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, and enjoy.

Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders

Tips and Variations

  • Don’t overcrowd the pan while cooking the chicken tenders because it will not cook evenly.
  • You can add white wine instead of chicken broth.
  • Make sure that each chicken tender is well coated with seasonings to obtain a delicious golden brown crust.
  • Add some red pepper chili flakes over the chicken tenders.

Storing Ideas

  • Fridge – You can store the garlic butter chicken tenders leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
  • Freezer – These leftovers can also be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to one month.
  • To reheat: thaw the chicken tenders in the fridge overnight and reheat them in the microwave or a skillet with one tbsp of butter.
Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders

Serving Ideas

Although this recipe is super delicious, served simple as it is, you can pair it with many side dishes to create a complete meal. Here are some great ideas:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is That White String in Chicken Tenders?

The white string in a chicken tenderloin is a tough, fibrous tendon that runs through the center of the meat.

It’s not necessary to remove the tendon, as it is perfectly safe to eat. However, some people choose to remove the tendon for aesthetic reasons or because it can become tough and chewy when cooked. In general, cooking chicken tenders with the tendon intact won’t pose any danger to your health, and it’s ultimately up to personal preference whether or not to remove it.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Sure, this recipe is great to prepare in advance for those busy when you don’t have much time for cooking.

Can I Make This Recipe With Chicken Breast?

Yes, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breast instead of tenders to create this recipe. Just make sure that you slice the chicken into thin and similar strips to ensure that they cook evenly.

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Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders

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Prep time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yelds 4 servings

Description
 

These garlic butter chicken tenders are super juicy, tender, and loaded with flavor. The chicken tenderloins are coated in a flavorful garlic butter mixture and are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp parsley to garnish

For The Garlic Butter Sauce

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp hot sauce optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the chicken tenders to a large bowl, then sprinkle with the seasoning ingredients.
  • Mix until each chicken tender is well coated with seasoning.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet, then cook the chicken tender for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the butter to the same skillet and cook the minced garlic for 2 minutes until tender.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients and cook for 30 seconds until everything is well mixed.
  • Return the chicken tender to the skillet and cover them with the sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
297kcal
Total Carbs
3g
Net Carbs
Protein
25g
Fat
20g
Fiber
1g
Sugar
1g

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Garlic Butter Chicken Tenders
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