Grilled Chicken Tenders Recipe

One thing I can always count on being able to get my children to eat is grilled chicken. However, I get tired of the same blah chicken over and over. I set out on a mission the other day to find something new. I settled on this recipe, but had to modify it a bit based on what I had available in my kitchen.

Easy Grilled Chicken Tenders

This fantastically easy chicken dish is perfect grilled on the stove or would be even more delicious on your outdoor grill. The marinade is tangy and sweet. The chicken cooks in the liquid and while it’s cooking the liquid will evaporate and caramelize and will be sooo yummy!

The key is not to turn it a bunch of times. Just once is enough and will allow the chicken to cook evenly on both sides without falling apart. When ready to serve, dredge the chicken once more through the pan drippings.

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Grilled Chicken Tenderloins


  • 1 pound of chicken tenders
  • 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • Mix dressing, syrup and lemon juice together.
  • Place chicken in a ziploc bag and pour marinade in.
  • Marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Pour the entire contents of the bag into a large skillet over medium heat, moving pieces around so you have chicken in a single layer.
  • Let the chicken cook over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, turning it once, making sure to give it time to brown on each side.
  • When ready to serve, dredge the chicken once more through the pan drippings.
The original recipe called for honey instead of the syrup, but I was out. It was still delicious. You really could use just plain sugar or even brown sugar as well. It’s really just something to balance out the flavor of the dressing. Don’t be afraid to improvise!

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I just found your series today! I’m so glad I did. I’ll be joining in! Thanks for doing this!

  2. I haven’t tried any of the recipes, but that’s only because I am ignoring cooking at the present time 😉 Love the look of this one, though–marinating chicken in Italian dressing is one of my favorite methods, so I’m sure I’d love this variation!