Give those picky kids what they want. Kids love chicken tenders, but adults will love them too. In only 10 minutes of grill time, serve these easy moist chicken tenders along with your main dish, and everybody will be happy.
Do you have one of “those” kids? You know, the one who won’t eat what you cook and you end up doing something separate and almost always unhealthy. Let’s fix that and give them a healthy meal.
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This solution is minimal work and time and is guaranteed to calm that 3-year-old dinner monster. You have steak, and they have healthy chicken tenders.
A solid 4 for the adult but a 5 for little ones.
Chicken tenders are chicken tenderloins, the equivalent of a beef or pork tenderloin. So moist and tender if done right.
I like to cut the tendon that is attached to the meat off. You can’t chew it, and the kids tend not to like it there.
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If frozen, thaw completely before grilling.
A nice coat of olive oil will add some flavor, help keep the surface from drying and prevent sticking.
Just a good sprinkle of salt and pepper will do, but we like to use All Purpose Seasoning – 7:2:1 and 7:2:2, which will add some garlic.
You can easily complement the flavors with chicken marinade.
How to Grill Chicken Tenders
- Clean and oil the grill grates well—preheat to a surface temperature of about 450°.
- Trim chicken tenders of any tendon and pat dry.
- Coat the tenders with oil and season to your taste.
- Place chicken tenders on the grill over direct heat—use a grill pan if you wish.
- Flip after 5 minutes, and the edge is turning white.
- Grill for about 5 minutes more on the second side until the internal temperature is 165° in the thickest parts.
You want a grill surface temperature of about 450°. With tenders, a little under is much better than a little over on the temperature. On most gas grills, it will be medium-high heat.
A grill surface thermometer will help you become a better griller. Please see A Beginners Guide to Grill Temperature on a Gas Grill for more information on controlling your grill temperature.
Chicken tenders can be done easily on a charcoal grill but not directly over the coals.
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Start with the number of tenders you need, olive oil, and seasoning of your choice.
Preheat the grill to a surface temperature of about 450°, which is medium-high on most gas grills and medium on a hot gas grill. Clean and oil the grill surface well.
Pat dry the chicken tenders. Trim the tendon off—it doesn’t need to be perfect.
In a mixing bowl, mix chicken tenders with olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, and granular garlic powder (optional). Adjust spices and oil according to the number of tenders and your taste.
Place over direct heat on the grill grate.
Grill until the chicken turns from a pink color to white along the edge (about 5 minutes). You will see the white moving up the sides. Flip and grill another approximate 4-5 minutes until the internal temperature is 165°. Time will vary with the size and thickness of the tender and your exact grill temperature.
Editor’s Note: Originally Published May 30, 2013. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.
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