Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

Enjoy one of Cracker Barrel’s most popular menu items with our version of their grilled chicken tenders recipe. Cracker Barrel is known for making delicious home-cooked food. We all loved the family favorites we had when we were growing up.

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Marinated Grilled Chicken Tenders

Who captures them better than Cracker Barrel? This taste-alike recipe gives you the restaurant taste without having to leave home.

You can pick up chicken tenders at the grocery store or at most warehouse clubs, and with a couple of extra ingredients, we will show you how to get the restaurant taste in your kitchen.

Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders are Simply Scrumptious

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is known for making delicious home-cooked food. We all loved the family favorites we had there when we were growing up.

Now you can enjoy one of Cracker Barrel’s most popular menu items with our version of their chicken tenderloin recipe. And, best of all, this taste-alike copycat chicken recipe gives you the Cracker Barrel taste without having to leave home.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Honey
  • Italian Dressing
  • Fresh Lime Juice
ingredients for cracker barrel grilled chicken tenders , lime, honey, italian dressing, and honey

How to Make Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

This recipe is super easy to make. The marinade is easy and well-balanced for chicken.

  1. Mix dressing, lime juice, and honey together.
  2. Pour the marinade over chicken tenders, making sure all tenders are covered.
  3. Cover the chicken and place it in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.
  4. Discard marinade after the tenders are ready to be cooked.
  5. Cook the tenders in a non-stick skillet or grill them until lightly golden in color and done but not dry.
grilled chicken tenders on a plate

Why a Chicken Breast Isn’t the Same as a Chicken Tenderloin

A chicken tenderloin is that part of the muscle that runs along the inside of each chicken breast half and is closest to the bone. Because it’s not a working muscle, it’s more tender than the breast and cooks more quickly.

If a recipe calls for marinating your chicken tenders, you are marinating for flavor, not tenderness, because they are already extremely tender.

If you want to substitute chicken tenders for boneless, skinless breast halves, allow two or three tenders per serving, depending on their size.

For dishes that require you to pound the meat flat, tenders are easier to work with than breasts. Since chicken tenders are stickier than breast meat, coatings stick to them really well. This makes tenders perfect for breading or wrapping with prosciutto.

Tips for How to Cook Chicken Tenderloins

  • Before going ahead with your recipe, cut off the small gristly white nob that you will see protruding from the top end of the tenderloin.
  • Cook whole chicken tenders for approximately half the time as chicken breast halves.
  • Chicken tenders are more porous than chicken breasts, so over marinating will cause them to take on too much liquid. If the marinade is a salty one (like many Asian marinades), don’t marinate for more than fifteen minutes or the salt will draw moisture out of the chicken.
  • For stir-fry recipes, cut the tenders into one-inch pieces rather than thin slices, so that the meat doesn’t dry out.
  • Add bite-size pieces (1-inch) of raw chicken tenders to soups close to the very end of cooking time. If you boil the tenders, they will toughen up. Gently simmer them until they are just cooked through – about three minutes.
  • If baking whole tenders of different sizes, place the smaller ones at the front of your baking sheet. This makes it easier to remove the smaller ones from the oven a minute or so earlier than the larger ones.
chicken tenders cooked on a grill

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Grilled Chicken Tenders

It’s easy to make these tasty Cracker Barrel chicken tenders at home with this copykat chicken tenderloin recipe.
4.77 from 17 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Recipes, Cracker Barrel Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 201kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  • Mix dressing, lime juice, and honey together. Pour over chicken tenders, making sure all tenders are covered; marinate for 1 hour. 
  • Discard marinade after the chicken tenders are ready to be cooked. Braise tenders in a non-stick pan or grill to lightly golden in color but not dry.

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Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 444mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Michelle C.

    5 stars
    I found this recipe in 2012. I haven’t made it often, but I’ve made it repeatedly. This is my go-to when eating at Cracker Barrel, and your recipe nails it on the head! Perfect! I made it tonight.

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