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Healthier chicken tenders cooked in a simple delicious garlic butter sauce. The chicken tenderloins turn out so tender, juicy, succulent, and flavorful. A weeknight dinner ready in just 15 minutes! This one of the easiest and best chicken tender recipes.

Chicken tenders are so easy to cook. I always make them on busy weeknights as they’re ready in no time, and everyone in my family loves them. Sometimes I take out my grill pan and quickly make these grilled chicken tenders. And when I’m craving crunchy restaurant-style chicken tenders, I either make the crunchy buttermilk fried version or the healthier oven-baked chicken tenders.

If I’m not making a large batch, I make them in the air fryer. And another favorite recipe is these unbreaded garlic butter chicken tenders that I make in a skillet. They turn out so juicy, tender, and the garlic and butter make these tenders so special!

I will never get tired of recommending this recipe to my friends, and that includes you! This will be the easiest recipe you will try today. In just about 15 minutes, you are ready to serve! You are more than welcome to tweak this recipe to your liking. I am sure that you can do a lot to take this recipe to the next level! Have a blessed day, friends, and I hope you are all well today. Enjoy!


4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

3 – 4 cloves garlic, minced

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1 pound (0.4 kg) chicken tenders

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp bottled Italian seasoning (Simply Organic or McCormick brand)

3 dashes of cayenne powder

lemon wedges

1 tbsp chopped parsley

salt, to taste


Rub each chicken tender with smoked cayenne pepper and paprika.

Place a cast-iron skillet on the stove and turn the heat to high.

Add 3 tbsp of butter and allow it to melt.

Add the seasoned chicken tenders, then cook each side for about 2 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

Move the chicken tenders to one side of the skillet, then add the rest of the butter and allow it to melt.

Add the minced garlic and saute until aromatic.

Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the chicken and stir until well combined with the garlic as well.

Add the lemon juice and salt, stir until well mixed. Cook for a few more minutes or until the sides of the chicken turn a bit toasted.

Add the parsley and stir until well mixed.

Remove the skillet from the stove.

Transfer onto a clean serving plate.

Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken tenders.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per Serving: Calorie s311 | Total Fat 19g | Saturated Fat 10g | Cholesterol 137mg | Sodium 179mg | Carbohydrates 1g | Fiber 1g | Sugar 1g | Protein 32g

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