Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

My kids can’t seem to get enough of my Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders, but there are those busy weeknights when breading and baking chicken is just not in the cards. Luckily, a few months ago I stumbled upon this fun recipe for grilled chicken tenders that my kids love just as much, but can be created in a few minutes of easy preparation time. We have been eating these about once a week ever since we tried this recipe and it is a hit every single time.

This is a knock-off recipe of Cracker Barrel’s grilled chicken tenders. I will admit though that I have never actually tried Cracker Barrel’s grilled chicken anything. If I spend the money to go out to dinner there it is fully spent on chicken & dumplings, fried okra, biscuits, and everything else breaded and delicious. If these tenders taste anything like what they serve in the restaurant though, I know that they would be a fun alternative to plates of fried foods.

Made from ingredients that are likely already in your refrigerator and pantry right now, these simple ingredients are exceptionally delicious and create a flavorful & juicy chicken tender that you will absolutely love. This recipe yields a pound’s worth of tenders. I triple the batch for salad topping and grilled chicken wraps that make easy weekday lunches or a busy weeknight dinner. My problem is getting the family to stop eating them so we have some leftovers on hand. I hope you will enjoy these as much as we have!

Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders (adapted from

1 lb chicken tenders
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
Mix dressing, lime juice and honey. Pour over chicken tenders. Marinate for 3-4 hours.  Cook tenders in a non stick pan or grill until golden in color, but not dry (approximately four minutes on each side depending on the size of your tenders). Base occasionally as you are grilling these to retain the moisture in the tenderloin.

Try this same technique with Yummy Honey Chicken, Zesty Chicken, or Rosemary Ranch Chicken for a quick weeknight dinner!

Published April 18, 2011 by:

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