Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders is the perfect summertime meal. These Chicken Tenders are loaded with flavor with the delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders stacked on a platter
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This Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe is on repeat at my house. We love cooking tenderloins on the grill as they grill fast and are the perfect size. Check out these other chicken tenders recipes – Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders and Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders Recipe.

Teriyaki Sauce is one of my favorite sauces to put on the chicken. With simple ingredients you can easily make it from scratch. If you are looking for a new marinade for your chicken, make this Teriyaki Chicken Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

Teriyaki Chicken Tenders is a delicious recipe. The chicken tenders turn out juicy and full of flavor. These chicken tenders cook quick and easy and perfect for small hands.

Chicken tenders are perfect for a weeknight meal or to feed a crowd. Check out these Side Dishes for Teriyaki Chicken.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - chicken tenders, olive oil, salt, pepper, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, cornstarch

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Variation Ideas

  • Change Chicken – You can use this teriyaki sauce on many different types of meat. Feel to use it on chicken breasts, boneless skinless chicken thighs, or shrimp. We have even made steak with it and teriyaki chicken skewers.
  • Teriyaki Sauce Variations – Feel free to add in fresh ginger, pineapple juice or garlic cloves as a good substitute. You can also add in rice wine vinegar.
  • Add Seasoning – If you like it spicy, add in about a teaspoon of red peppers.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Tenders on the Grill

  • Step 1 – Heat Grill – Preheat your grill over medium high heat to approximately 350 degrees F.
  • Step 2 – Oil Grill Grates – Spray the grill grates with a non-stick cooking spray or rub with oil. This prevents the chicken from sticking to the grates.
Cooking chicken tenders on a large skillet

Step 3 – Add chicken to grill – Place the chicken on the grill on top of the oil.  Season it with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken for 4-6 minutes per side. Cook until the chicken is almost cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).  

Combining the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

Step 4 – Combine Sauce Ingredients – In a separate bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients. 

Grilled chicken tenders on the grill

Step 5 – Brush this mixture onto the chicken tenders on the grill. Then cook for 1 more minute until the chicken is browned and the sauce is caramelized. 

Brushing the teriyaki sauce on the grilled chicken

Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Remove, let teriyaki chicken tenderloins sit for 5 minutes.  Then serve topped with the sesame seed and diced green onions.  Enjoy!

Chicken Teriyaki Tenders Recipe Tips

  • Heat Grill – Make sure to preheat grill over medium heat. Then oil the grill grates to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Checking Chicken for doneness – We use an meat thermometer to make sure that the chicken is cooked to a safe temperature. 
  • Adding Teriyaki Sauce – Once the chicken is done cooking, rub the sauce on the chicken. Then cook the chicken for a minute to caramelize the sauce.
  • Rest Chicken – After cooking chicken and before serving, allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes. Then garnish with diced green onions and sesame seeds.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders stacked on a platter

How Long Do You Grill Chicken Tenders

The reason we like to grill chicken tenders is they cook fast and are always juicy. Cooking times may vary, but cook chicken for about 5 minutes on each side.

We use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the chicken is cooked to a safe temperature. 

After basting the chicken with the teriyaki sauce, allow the chicken to cook for about 1 more minute. Then serve and enjoy.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders stacked on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Chicken Need to Be Marinated before Grilling?

For this recipe, you will add the sauce after this chicken tenders are finished cooking. It depends on your preference and your marinade.
We usually do marinade the chicken piece before, but we also think it taste absolute delicious.

Can I Make Teriyaki Chicken on the Stovetop?

Yes, this chicken tenders recipe can easily be prepared indoors. You can cook the chicken in a skillet or make baked teriyaki chicken.
If you want to prepare on the stovetop, follow the recipe as indicated and make in a cast iron skillet. If you want to bake the chicken, place the chicken on a baking sheet. Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes.
Then drizzle with the homemade sauce over the top. We have even made air fryer chicken tenders that turned out amazing.

How to Store Leftover Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. We love to double the recipe so we can enjoy it for lunch. Store your leftovers in individual containers with rice and veggie.

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

5 from 3 votes
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders is the perfect summertime meal. It is loaded with flavor with the delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let Sit 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Cuisine Japanese
Course Main Course
Calories 445

Ingredients

For the Toppings:

  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Stalks Green Onions diced
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Instructions

  • Preheat your grill over medium high heat to approximately 350 degrees F. Spray the grill grates with a non-stick cooking spray or rub with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking to the grates.
  • Place the chicken on the grill on top of the oil.  Season it with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken for 4-6 minutes per side until the chicken is almost cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients.  Brush this mixture onto the chicken tenders on the grill.
  • Then cook for 1 more minute until the chicken is browned and the sauce is caramelized.
  • Remove, let sit for 5 minutes.  Then serve topped with the sesame seed and diced green onions.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
We use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the chicken is cooked to a safe temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 445kcal, Carbohydrates 49g, Protein 37g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0.02g, Cholesterol 97mg, Sodium 1908mg, Potassium 796mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 41g, Vitamin A 48IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 99mg, Iron 2mg

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