BBQ Chicken Tenders

➡️ BBQ chicken tenders and chicken strips belong to my favorite foods during summer, but I like to eat them year-round, so I often cook them in the grill pan when the weather is too cold and doesn’t allow me to use the outdoor barbecue.

➡️ Barbecue chicken tenders are a delicious alternative to pan-fried chicken tenders, oven-baked chicken tenders, and traditional chicken nuggets. They’re great for both kids and adults and are a great way to get healthy proteins and eat delicious food at the same time.

➡️ I recommend using chicken tenders for this grilled chicken recipe, but you can use “chicken fingers” instead, which are actually strips cut from the chicken breast. Learn more below about cooking one of the best BBQ chicken tenders recipes in 2023! 👌

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How to Grill Chicken Tenders from Scratch

➡️ BBQ chicken tenders are small chicken muscles cooked on a grill, usually coated in a flavored seasoning.

➡️ They are often served with a dipping sauce or salad and are a great option for when you want something a bit different than the traditional grilled chicken breast fillets. One of the most popular dips is the honey mustard dipping sauce, which is preferred by me as well.

➡️ A great thing is that unlike some other cuts of chicken, chicken tenders offer the same great qualities that you would get with a traditional chicken breast, such as being extremely nutritious, low in fat, and high in protein. Below are listed the needed ingredients and the cooking methods for the BBQ chicken tenders.

What ingredients do you need to cook BBQ chicken tenders? (recipe for 4 servings)

Raw Chicken Tenders and Chicken Strips

1) 1 kg/35 oz of chicken tenders or chicken strips
2) some salt and ground black pepper to taste
3) 2 tsp of olive oil
4) 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary powder
5) 1/2 tsp of ginger powder
6) 1/2 tsp of garlic powder or 2 crushed/minced/finely chopped garlic cloves

What are chicken tenders?

➡️ Chicken fingers, also known as chicken goujons, chicken strips, chicken tenders, or chicken fillets, are produced from the bird’s pectoralis minor muscles. They are not the same as Chinese-American golden fingers, which are usually served with duck or orange sauce.

📖 Read more on Chicken Fingers!

How to prepare juicy and flavorful grilled chicken strips?

➡️ The secret of a great barbecue is the meat itself. It must be of high quality, preferably organic and grass-fed, and each piece must be completely cooked. The best way to make your grilled chicken strips juicy and flavorful is to preheat the grill to a very high temperature, grease the rack, and add the chicken tenders just when the grill is ready. It is also a good idea to use thicker pieces of chicken fillet and be careful when overturning them. You should also keep the grill temperature as close as possible to the desired food temperature, as this will help prevent food from becoming dry or burnt.

What are the health benefits of eating grilled chicken breast?

➡️ The main benefit of eating grilled chicken breast is that it is high in protein and low in fat compared to other chicken dishes. Protein is important for building and repairing muscle. It is also important for maintaining and developing healthy skin, hair, and nails.

➡️ Grilled chicken breast is not just a source of lean and healthy protein, but it’s also rich in vitamins and minerals. Grilled chicken breast can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

How to cook chicken tenders on the grill?

➡️ Marinate the chicken tenders according to your preferences, heat the grill until it’s hot, then place the pieces of chicken strips and roast them for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until the chicken fillet becomes lightly golden.

How long do I BBQ chicken tenders?

➡️ Chicken tenders are relatively thin strips of chicken breast, so it doesn’t take too much time to grill. Depending on how hot the grill is, the necessary time to BBQ chicken tenders is 2-3 minutes for each side or until the chicken strips are lightly golden.

How long can you keep BBQ chicken in the fridge?

➡️ The USDA recommends eating cooked chicken within 3 to 4 days.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Strips Step by Step

BBQ Chicken Tenders

➡️ Eager to know how to cook BBQ chicken tenders? The recipe is very tasty and easy to cook, so I wholeheartedly recommend it! Below are listed the steps required to cook the grilled chicken strips recipe.

Total Time: 15 minutes

1) Prepare chicken tenders or chicken strips for marinating

Unpack chicken tenders or boneless chicken breast and it into thin strips with a sharp knife, then place them into a bowl.

2) Prepare the grilled chicken marinade

Pour olive oil into a small bowl, season it with salt and ground black pepper, add the rosemary, ginger, and garlic powder, then whisk the ingredients to combine them very well.

3) Marinate the chicken tenders or chicken strips

Pour the marinade over the chicken and rub each piece to get the flavors better inside.

4) Allow chicken to soak up the flavors

Cover the bowl with cling film and place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight to allow enough time for the chicken to absorb the marinade flavors.

5) Prepare the barbecue for grilling

Start the grill and wait until the coals have turned into hot embers or the gas grill has reached the optimum temperature.

6) Grill the chicken tenders or chicken strips

Place chicken tenders on the grill and wait for 3-5 minutes, depending on their size and thickness, then turn them over and continue to grill for 2-3 minutes or until the chicken strips are evenly roasted.

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8 PRO Tips For The BBQ Chicken Tenders Recipe

  • chicken tenders are the best for this recipe because this muscle is very tender, but if you don’t have them at hand you can use chicken breast that you need to cut into strips and turn into “chicken fingers”
  • if you don’t like rosemary, you can replace it with the Provence spice mix, which is a combination of more spicy herbs that fits perfectly with chicken
  • if you like spicy food, add 1/2 tsp of hot chili pepper powder to the marinade
  • place the chicken at the barbecue only after the coals have turned into smoldering embers because then the heat is perfect for grilling the chicken breast
  • summertime you can add fresh lemon juice from about half a lemon to the marinade for more acidity and a slightly sour flavor that creates a feeling of coolness (this is a Greek-style ingredient)
  • serve the grilled chicken strips as soon as possible because the chicken starts hardening while cooling
  • make a fresh veggie salad to serve with chicken tenders
  • many dipping sauces fit perfectly fit BBQ chicken tenders, my recommendations include cold garlic dip, dill yogurt sauce, honey yogurt sauce, mustard yogurt sauce, cold garlic tomato sauce, and many more

➡️ Enjoy cooking BBQ chicken tenders from scratch!

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