Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders is one of our favorite copycat recipes. You only need 3 simple ingredients to give the grilled chicken tenderloins so much flavor.

Grilled Chicken Tenders on a plate
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One of my favorite menu item to get at Cracker Barrel is the Grilled Chicken Tenders. The Italian dressing, lime juice, and honey gives these chicken strips so much flavor.

This grilled chicken recipe is great leftover so we like to double the recipe. Serve with your favorite sides to complete this meal. Check out these other Grilled Chicken Recipes – Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders, Grilled Chicken Tenders Recipe, Blackstone Chicken Tenders and Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders.

Why This Recipe Works

We love making this copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenders because of how quickly the chicken tenders cook on the grill. The simple ingredients makes it budget friendly and the whole family loves them.

The chicken is juicy, tender and the tenders can be used to top your favorite salad.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - chicken tenders, Italian Dressing, lime, honey

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations

  • Cut of Chicken – You can easily change the type of chicken you use when making this recipe. You can use chicken breast, drumsticks, or chicken thighs.
  • Cooking Chicken – We love grilling chicken directly on the grill, but you can place in a grill pan if your prefer. You can also cook on stovetop in a large skillet. You can also bake in the oven.
  • Marinated Chicken Recipe – You can change the marinade to what you prefer. If you do not have limes, you can easily substitute for lemon juice.

How to Make Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

  • Step 1 – Mix Marinade – In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing, lime juice and honey. 
Mixing the marinate together with a plate of uncooked chicken tenders and a fresh lime with a lime squeezer
  • Step 2 – Marinade Chicken – Place the chicken tenderloins in a zip lock bag and pour the marinade on top. Let the chicken marinade for at least 20 minutes or up to over night. Make sure to seal the ziplock bag.
Marinating chicken in a zip lock bag
  • Step 3 – Prepare Grill – Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit).  
  • Step 4 – Add chicken to grill – Gently place the chicken tenders on the grill. 
  • Step 5 – Grill Chicken – Grill for 4-6 minutes, flip the chicken and then grill for 4-6 more minutes. Cook the chicken fingers until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 
Grilled chicken on the grill
  • Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Move the chicken to a plate, let it set for at least 5 minutes. Then serve warm and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Chicken Marinade – We recommend allowing the chicken to marinade for at least 20 minutes. You can even prepare it the night before and marinate the chicken overnight.
  • Preheat Grill – Make sure to preheat grill for the best results in cooking the chicken.
  • Cooking Chicken –Cooking time will vary when grilling chicken tenders. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check and make sure chicken is cooked. Cook chicken about 5 minutes per side. You can even make baked chicken with this recipe.
  • Rest Chicken – Once you remove the chicken from the grill, allow the chicken to rest. This locks in the moisture to give your chicken the best flavor. We allow the chicken to rest for about 5 to 15 minutes.
Grilled Chicken Tenders on a plate

What to Serve with Grilled Chicken Tenders

We love making home recipes and this is one of our favorite copycat recipes to make. These grilled chicken tenders can be served with many different sides or in this Grilled Chicken Alfredo.

These are some of our favorites.

  • Green BeansGrilled green beans in foil cooks perfectly on the grill. This delicious side pairs perfectly with these chicken tenders. You can also serve with a side of pasta to complete the meal.
  • Potatoes Another easy side dish that we like to serve is Grilled Potatoes in Foil. They are easily to make and budget friendly. We when make these, I like to also serve with a side salad.
  • Easy Grilled Chicken SidesHere are 47 side dishes that pairs perfectly with grilled chicken. They are delicious and easy to make with simple ingredients.
Grilled Chicken Tenders on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long to Grill Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders grill perfectly on the a gas grill over medium heat. Grill chicken for about 5 minutes on each side. Make sure to flip chicken to cook both sides.
Use a meat thermometer to check chicken to make sure it is cooked thoroughly.

How to Store Leftover Grilled Chicken Tenders

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

5 from 16 votes
Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders is one of our favorite copycat recipes. You only need 3 simple ingredients to give the grilled chicken tenderloins so much flavor.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let Sit 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 300

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Chicken Tenderloins
  • 1 cup Italian Dressing
  • ½ Lime juiced
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
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Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing, lime juice and honey.
  • Place the chicken tenderloins in a zip lock bag and pour the marinade on top. Let the chicken marinade for at least 20 minutes or up to over night.
  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Gently place the chicken tenders on the grill.
  • Grill for 4-6 minutes, flip the chicken and then grill for 4-6 more minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Move the chicken to a plate, let it set for at least 5 minutes. Then serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 300kcal, Carbohydrates 14g, Protein 32g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.05g, Cholesterol 97mg, Sodium 565mg, Potassium 603mg, Fiber 0.2g, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 62IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 15mg, Iron 1mg

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