Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenders are one of the most popular items on the menu and for good reason! They are tender, flavorful, slightly sweet, with a fresh citrus flavor. This copycat recipe lets you make them at home with only four ingredients!
Only Four Ingredients – Simple ingredients that you can find anywhere!
Cooks in Under 10 Minutes – Thanks to their size, these copycat cracker barrel chicken tenders cook up super quickly!
Tender and Flavorful – Marinated chicken tenders are tender and moist, with a slightly sweet flavor.
Ingredients For Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenders
You only need four simple ingredients to make super flavorful and tender chicken tenders.
Chicken Tenderloins – alternatively you can use chicken breasts that have been cut into strips
Italian Dressing – Just grab your favorite bottle – I’m partial to Paul Newman.
Lime Juice – fresh lime juice is best but you can use the kind in a bottle as well
How To Make Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken
Get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.
All it takes is a quick marinate in the fridge and less than 10 minutes to cook – this Cracker Barrel grilled chicken couldn’t be easier to make!
Make Dressing – Whisk up the Italian dressing, lime juice, and honey in a small bowl.
Marinate Chicken – Pat the chicken tenders dry with paper towels and place into a resealable plastic bag. Pour in the dressing, seal the bag, and squeeze out excess air. Gently massage the dressing into the chicken and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour.
Cook Chicken – Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat and add about half of the marinated chicken tenders. They should be in a single layer and not touching. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes before flipping and cooking for another 2-3 minutes. You want them to get nice and browned on both sides. Discard any excess marinade.
Serve – Serve the chicken immediately and garnish with fresh parsley.
Why are my chicken tenders tough?
If your chicken is tough then you likely overcooked them. Cook the tenders until they are just 165 degrees F.
What is the difference between a chicken tenderloin and breast?
The chicken tenderloin is a long strip underneath the breast of the chicken. Compared to breasts, the chicken tenderloin is more tender. But in many recipes you can substitute a chicken breast cut into strips for chicken tenders.
In a small bowl, whisk dressing, lime juice and honey together until combined. Set aside.
Pat chicken tenders dry with paper towels (do not rinse) and place into a resealable plastic bag. Pour dressing mixture over the chicken and seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. Gently massage the marinade into the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add half of the chicken tenders in a single layer, not touching. Discard any leftover marinade.
Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes without moving them so they will get nice and browned, then flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, untouched.
Serve immediately, garnishing with fresh minced parsley if desired.
Storage – Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Reheating – For best results, reheat them in a pan on the stove for a couple of minutes per side. You can also microwave for 30-60 seconds.
Leftovers are also delicious cold on a salad or in a tortilla wrap!
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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.