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Apricot BBQ Chicken Tenders

Apricot BBQ Chicken Tenders are a quick and easy meal to change up your dinner routine. Smoky and delicious chicken tenders coated in sweet and tangy bbq sauce is a finger-licking-good meal!

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Grilled chicken tenders are my favorite for a quick weeknight dinner. Serve them up with Grilled Vegetable Rice Pilaf and grilled corn on the cob or fried okra for a family dinner that is sure to please.

Grilled chicken tenders with rice pilaf in a bowl

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Ingredients for Apricot BBQ Chicken Tenders:

Chicken Tenders ~ Chicken thighs are a great alternative if you prefer dark meat.

Apricot BBQ Sauce ~ Super quick and easy to make and so much tastier than any store bought sauce.

  • Apricot Preserves
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Real Cane Syrup or molasses
  • Whiskey, optional
  • Onion Flakes
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Ground Red Pepper

Grilled Chicken Tenders with a meat fork

How to Grill Apricot BBQ Chicken Tenders:

  • Prepare the apricot bbq sauce.

chicken tenders on a big green egg grill

  • Build a grill fire with hickory or pecan chunks for smoke flavor. The chicken is cooked over indirect heat, a 350° temperature is ideal.
  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Cook chicken tenders over indirect fire with the grill lid closed, about 5 minutes.

Grilling chicken tenders

  • Flip the chicken tenders and coat with sauce. Close the lid and continue to grill 5  minutes.

Brushing bbq sauce over chicken tenders on the grill

  • Flip chicken again and coat with sauce.

Apricot chicken tenders on a grill

grilled chicken tenders on a platter, bowl of bbq sauce

  • Remove from grill and allow chicken to rest about 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with additional apricot bbq sauce.

How to Store and Reheat:

Store cooled chicken wrapped in plastic wrap or foil in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Reheat sliced chicken tenders in a skillet with additional bbq sauce over medium heat, stirring often, about 5 minutes or until heated through.

chicken tenders with rice pilaf on a plate, platter of tenders, bowl of sauce

More Grilled Chicken Tender Recipes to Try:

Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders are one of our most requested recipes. Made easily with our best dry rub for a quick and easy dinner that we just can’t  get enough of.

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Tenders will knock your socks off with deliciousness. Smoky chicken coated in a sweet and spicy peach glaze for a guaranteed hit any night of the week.

If you are looking for something new and different, give this Grilled Chicken Marinade a try on chicken tenders. Made with coffee, brown sugar and spices for a flavorful chicken dinner like you have never tried.

We also love this Grilled Asian Chicken that uses chicken thighs but works with chicken tenders or breasts also.

chicken tenders served with rice pilaf

Grilled Apricot Chicken Tenders are quick and easy to prepare even on busy weeknights. The sweet and smoky chicken a great recipe idea that you can have on the table in about 45 minutes.

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2 apricot bbq chicken tenders served over rice
Yield: 4 servings

Apricot BBQ Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Apricot BBQ Chicken Tenders are a quick and easy meal to change up your dinner routine.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 350° grill fire with hickory or pecan chunks for smoke flavor.
  2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and place on a platter. 
  3. Prepare the apricot bbq sauce and set aside. 
  4. Cook chicken tenders over indirect fire with the grill lid closed, about 5 minutes.
  5. Flip the chicken tenders and coat with sauce. Close the lid and continue to grill 5 minutes.
  6. Flip chicken again and coat with sauce. Continue to cook until chicken reaches 165° using a  digital thermometer.
  7. Remove from grill and allow chicken to rest about 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve with additional apricot bbq sauce.

Notes

How to Store and Reheat:

  1. Store cooled chicken wrapped in plastic wrap or foil in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  2. Reheat sliced chicken tenders in a skillet with additional bbq sauce over medium heat, stirring often, about 5 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 719Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1902mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 43g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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