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Juicy and flavorful, these 4-ingredient grilled chicken tenders are going to be your favorite thing to cook up this summer! They have a delicious honey lime glaze you’ll be licking off your fingers!

If you love chicken tenders like I do, you’ll have to try some of my other recipes! These oven-fried, garlic parmesan, and air fryer chicken tenders are quick, easy, and sure to be loved by both kids and adults alike.

Top-down view of grilled chicken tenders on a gray plate, garnished with lime slices and herbs.

Delicious Grilled Chicken Tenders With Honey Lime Sauce

With grilling season in full force, here’s a new recipe for you to try that the whole family will love! These grilled chicken tenders are a barbecue hit. They’re juicy, tender, packed with sweet and zesty flavor in each bite, and most importantly – insanely easy to make. Did I mention you only need 4 ingredients to throw them together?

The flavor of these grilled chicken tenders is incredible. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, zesty, and savory! Then, once you get that smoky char on the outside, these babies are absolutely to die for. They’re a hit with even the picky eaters in my family. I’ve caught my youngest licking the sauce off of her plate on a few occasions. With how tasty these chicken tenders are, I don’t blame you if you want to do the same! Let’s get grilling!

Ingredients You’ll Need

You won’t believe the amazing flavor you get from just 4 simple ingredients! Short and sweet is best! You can find measurements for each ingredient in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Italian Dressing: Italian dressing adds the best flavor to these chicken tenders!
  • Honey: Gives your marinade a thick texture and tasty sweetness.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a pop of zesty flavor.
  • Chicken Tenders: These can also be sold as ‘chicken tenderloins.’ You’ll want them to be uncooked and ready to marinate. If you can’t find packaged chicken tenders, you can also use boneless chicken breasts and cut them lengthwise, so they’re a similar shape.

How to Make Grilled Chicken Tenders

Even if you’re new to grilling, these chicken tenders with honey lime sauce are something you can make with flying colors! You’ll need a little bit of time to let them marinate, but they cook up in just a few minutes! It’s the perfect quick and easy summer meal.

  1. Prepare Chicken Marinade: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the Italian dressing, honey, and lime juice.
  2. Marinate: Add the chicken tenders and marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Add the chicken tenders.
  4. Grill: Cook for 3-4 minutes and then flip and cook until 165 degrees and no longer pink.
2-photo collage of chicken being marinated and then added to the grill.

Serving Suggestions and Tips for Grilling Chicken

Here are a few simple ways to make yourself the master of the grill! Once your friends and family get a bite of your grilled chicken tenders, they’ll be hooked. It’s hard not to be when they’re so juicy and flavorful.

  • Use a Thermometer: This step is super important so that your chicken doesn’t dry out on the grill. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your chicken tenders. You can take them off the grill when the internal temperatures reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you cook them any more than that, they may dry out.
  • Let Rest: The key to juicy grilled chicken is letting it rest for a minute or two after you pull it off the grill. This allows all of the tasty juices to reabsorb, giving you chicken tenders that will melt in your mouth! If you cut into them too soon after grilling, those juices may be released instead of absorbing back into the meat.
  • Serve With: These grilled chicken tenders are tasty on their own but great for serving over rice and adding to green salads, too! I always chop up my leftovers and add them to salads like this cilantro lime chicken salad and chili lime chicken salad. The flavor of the chicken complements them perfectly! The size of these tenders is also perfect for adding to grilled kebabs alongside tasty veggies.
A cut chicken tender being skewered with a fork.

Storing Leftovers

These grilled chicken tenders are the best for leftovers. You can use them for a quick lunch for the kids or slice them up for salads and burrito bowls!

  • In the Refrigerator: Store leftover grilled chicken tenders in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Closeup of chicken tenders garnished with chopped herbs and a lime slice.

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Grilled Chicken Tenders

5 from 4 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Juicy and flavorful, these 4-ingredient grilled chicken tenders are going to be your favorite thing to cook up this summer! They have a delicious honey lime glaze you'll be licking off your fingers!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4



  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk the Italian dressing, honey and lime juice. Add the chicken tenders and marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Add the chicken tenders. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then flip and cook until 165 degrees and no longer pink.


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 24gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 424mgPotassium: 460mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 46IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    The end result was tasty, never really been a fan of using Italin dressing as a marinade but seemed interesting with the honey, so decided to give it a go. Now I know this may seem odd or trivial, but being a huge fan of citrus/lime flavors in food, and having an AAS in Culinary Arts (marketing/promoting your product is obviously important and apart of your Menu Making class) I almost felt the name of the dish was “click bait”, being the main ingredient was really the Italian dressing, WITH honey and a *splash of lime* per se. Certainly not a negative review by any means because as I said it was really tasty, guess I’m just hung up on the name because I was expecting/hoping for more lime. Really curious what else could you call it, Italian Honey Chicken?? Bravo on the taste and I really enjoy your site Alyssa Rivers 😊

  2. 5 stars
    I was a little worried by the Italian dressing and honey combination but let me tell you,I was very pleasantly surprised!!! I added a little brown sugar and red pepper flakes and oh my goodness was it good. Definitely will add this to the rotation.

    Thanks Alyssa Rivers

  3. 5 stars
    Do you mean Italian dressing packet or Italian seasoning in a jar? I used Italian seasoning from the jar and 1/2 cup was almost the whole jar. Mixed with 1/4 honey and only a little lime juice, the marinade was more of a thick paste than marinade. I had to add olive oil for it to be more of a marinade. Just wondering if I should have bought Italian dressing packet instead. Thanks! I love all the recipes I have made from your site. They are always a hit with my family.

    1. I agree, the marinade sounds incredible but I was wondering if the 1/2 cup Italian seasoning was a typo. Love your recipes!!

    2. I had this same question too! That’s a lot of Italian seasoning! Maybe she meant half tablespoon?

      1. Well I must say, even with a boatload of Italian seasoning, it was pretty good! Next time I’ll try with the dressing though! 🙂