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Maple Lemon Garlic Chicken Tenders

Maple lemon garlic chicken tenders are simple and fast. The lemon garlic coating is made by marinating the chicken in melted butter, lemon juice, maple syrup and garlic. This recipe is simple yet flavorful – it’s a family favorite! Serve with rice, pasta or in a salad for an easy dinner.

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Maple Lemon Garlic Chicken Tenders

I love buying a big pack of chicken tenders because they’re so easy to cook and kids love them. These pan-fried chicken tenders use a few simple ingredients to make the marinade and sauce. It’s an uncomplicated recipe that works well paired with roasted vegetables, rice or quinoa.

Another recipe you might enjoy is my tortilla chip chicken tenders – these are cripsy on the outside and coated with crushed tortilla chips and pumpking seeds. They’re healthy and delicious!

What Are Chicken Tenders?

Chicken tenders are actually parts of the chicken that are attached to the underside of each chicken breast. They’re a smaller cut of chicken.

Technically, every chicken has only two chicken tenders. However, you can also make a version of chicken tenders by using the whole chicken breast and slicing it into thin strips.

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Maple Lemon Garlic Chicken Tenders Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • 1 ½ lbs Chicken Tenders – You can use chicken fillets or chicken tenders depending on what’s available at your grocery store.
  • 1 Lemon, juiced – You can use 1 fresh lemon, or lemon juice. > Buy Organic Lemon Juice Here.
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup – Adds the perfect hint of sweetness. > Buy Real Maple Syrup Here.
  • Garlic Cloves – I used 5 garlic cloves, mashed with a garlic mincer. > Buy Garlic Mincer Here.
  • ¼ cup Salted Butter – Used in the marinade and sauce the chicken is cooked in. This could also be substituted for cooking oil (coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil etc.)
  • Cooking Oil – I used avocado oil, which is my personal favorite for most recipes. > Buy Avocado Oil Here.
  • Salt and Pepper – I used ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp ground pepper in the marinade. Feel free to add more or less if needed. > Buy Sea Salt Here.

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What Chicken Cut Do You Use For Chicken Tenders?

I was able to purchase chicken fillets that were already cut into tenders. This will vary from store to store.

Chicken fillets are made from boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This type of chicken cut has been flattened and shaped to resemble a cutlet or chicken tender.

If you can’t find those you can purchase boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut them into 1-inch strips.

cooked maple lemon garlic chicken tenders in a frying pan with kitchen towel, lemon and parsley surrounding it.

Recipe Cost = $14

The chicken tenders cost me $11 for 0.84 kg (a little over 1 ½ lbs). Everything else costs about $2-3 (these prices will vary depending on where you live).

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Kitchen Equipment I Used

Here’s the equipment I used to make this recipe:

  • Frying Pan – The perfect pan to use for even heat and cooking. > Buy Frying Pan Here.
  • Lemon Juicer – The easiest way to squeeze juice from lemons without seeds. We use ours daily to make marinades, dressings and to add lemon juice to our water. > Buy Lemon Juicer Here.
  • Garlic Mincer – You can chop garlic small by hand, but using a garlic mincer is much faster and easier. > Buy Garlic Mincer Here.
  • Cutting Knives – To slice the russet potatoes into thin strips. > Buy Cutting Knives Here.
cooked maple lemon garlic chicken tenders in a grey frying pan with lemon and parsley behind it.

How To Make Maple Lemon Garlic Chicken Tenders

  1. Make The Marinade – First, melt ¼ cup salted butter in the microwave. Next, add lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
  2. Marinate The Chicken – Add the chicken tenders to the marinade and let soak at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  3. Cook – Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add half of the chicken tenders and half of the sauce (enough to lay flat in a single layer on frying pan). Cook for 1-3 minutes, until the chicken turns white on the bottom. Flip and cook an additional 1-3 minutes. Add the cooked chicken to a plate.
  4. Repeat – Add the last half of the chicken tenders and marinade. Repeat the cooking process.
  5. Serve – Drizzle leftover sauce from the pan over top of the chicken tenders. Serve and enjoy!

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 253kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs chicken tenders (boneless, skinless) - 0.6 kg
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil - avocado oil, coconut oil, etc
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 lemon juice, squeezed - about ¼ cup
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 5 garlic cloves - minced
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add in lemon juice, maple syrup, minced garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Mix together.
  • Add the chicken tenders to the sauce and let sit for 20 minutes to marinate.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken tenders to the pan along with half of the sauce. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Flip chicken over and cook an additional 1-3 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink on the inside.
  • Repeat the process with the last half of chicken tenders and sauce.
  • Drizzle sauce from frying pan over top of cooked chicken tenders. Serve while still warm.

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Nutrition
Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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