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Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders

Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders are a quick and easy dinner to make on the grill any night of the week. Grill up a double batch to make sandwiches or add it to your favorite pasta dishes later in the week.

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Trying to decide what to make for dinner? These Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders are fast and delicious! Serve them alongside grilled potato wedges and garlic bread. We cooked about 3 pounds and used the leftovers to make cheesy chicken spaghetti, which was a huge hit. 

Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders on a blue and white oval platter with blue and white check napkin

Grilled chicken tenders are always a favorite when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry. We used our Best Dry Rub to coat this chicken and it is a surefire winner. 

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Ingredients for Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders:

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Olive Oil

Best Dry Rub:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Dry Mustard
  • Chili Flakes

How to Grill Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders:

  • Prepare a grill fire to about 300° with hickory or oak for smoke flavor.

Chicken Tenders on paper towels

  • Pat chicken tenders dry with paper towels and place on a baking sheet.

Chicken tenders drizzled with olive oil on a sheet pan

  • Drizzle chicken with olive oil. 

Brown sugar rubbed chicken tenders on a sheet pan for grilling

  • Mix up brown sugar rub and sprinkle over chicken on both sides. 

Chicken tenders with dry rub on grill

  • Cook chicken over indirect heat with the grill closed about 10 minutes.

Grilling dry rub chicken tenders

  • Check internal temperature with a digital thermometer and cook until chicken reaches 165°. 
  • Remove from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

How to Store and Reheat:

Store chicken tenders in an airtight container or zip top bag in the refrigerator up to 4 days. 

Reheat in a skillet with about 1 tablespoon of water for every 2 chicken tenders. Cover and cook over medium heat, flip after about 3 minutes. Chicken should be heated through completely in about 6 – 8 minutes.

More Grilled Chicken Tenders to Try:

Apricot BBQ Chicken Tenders are sweet and smoky, perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. 

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Tenders are always a hit. Sweet barbecue sauce glazes the juicy chicken with just a bit of a spicy kick. 

Coca-Cola Chicken Tenders are smothered in a quick cola glaze that is a delicious blend of slightly sweet and savory herb flavors. 

Platter of grilled chicken tenders with brown sugar and spices blue and white check napkin

If you are looking for something new to change up your dinner routine, these easy brown sugar chicken tenders are a great solution. They have amazing flavor and are sure to please even the picky eaters.

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Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders on a blue and white oval platter
Yield: 6 servings

Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders are flavorful and delicious. A simple recipe to make on the grill for any night of the week or can be made ahead for easy meal prep.

Ingredients

Instructions

Prepare a grill fire to 300° with hickory or oak for smoke flavor.

Remove chicken from packaging and pat dry with paper towels and place on a baking sheet.

Drizzle olive oil over both sides of chicken.

Sprinkle with dry rub and press into chicken over all sides.

Cook chicken over indirect fire with the lid closed for about 8 minutes. Turn and continue to cook another 8 - 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° with a digital thermometer.

Remove from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Store leftover chicken tenders in a zip top bag or wrapped in plastic wrap up to 4 days.

Reheat in a covered skillet using 1-2 tablespoons of water with the chicken tenders. Cook over medium heat for about 5 - 8 minutes.

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Dry Rub for grilling
Yield: 24 servings

Best Dry Rub Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Best Dry Rub for grilling steaks, ribs, chicken or pork chops. A super simple mixture of brown sugar, garlic and spices that will take your meals on the grill to the next level of delicious. 

Instructions

  1. Mix brown sugar with garlic, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, dry mustard and red pepper flakes.
  2. Store in an airtight container up to 1 month.
  3. Mix well to loosen brown sugar before use.

Notes

Recipe can be doubled or halved as needed.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 531mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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