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5 from 18 votes

Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders

A quick and simple recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders is about to become your new favorite weeknight meal. The sweet sauce is amazing with a side of rice.
Author Diana
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • ¼ cup (30g) all purpose flour I used gluten free
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds (650g) chicken tenderloins they're called mini chicken fillets in the UK

For the Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce tamari sauce for gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a shallow dish combine the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken tenders in the flour mixture, and shake off any excess.
  • In a skillet, over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, then work in 2 batches and cook the chicken tenders on both sides until a golden brown crust forms (2-3 minutes per side) the chicken is ready when the internal temperature reaches 165°F/74°C. Remove onto a plate. Melt the rest of the butter, and cook the remaining chicken tenders.
  • Deglaze the pan by adding about ¼ cup of water, and scrape off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Allow the liquid to reduce.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Then add honey, soy sauce or tamari, vinegar, and red pepper flakes if using. Cook for 1-2 minutes so the sauce is heated up and starts to thicken, return the chicken to the pan, and flip it so it’s all covered in sauce.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve over jasmine rice, noodles, or cauliflower rice.



Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg