Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Tenders


Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Tenders

Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Tenders
Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Tenders

"Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken Tenders are a family favorite, and great alongside your favorite dip and grains. Ready in about 20 minutes, they’re a weeknight staple, made with only a handful of ingredients! I used to be hesitant to bake or cook raw chicken since I don’t love the texture and always worried that it would be dry. But, hear me out when I say that since these lemon chicken tenderloins are baked in a marinade, they are anything but dry. In fact, perfectly moist and seasoned, and melt-in-your-mouth good. They can be the star of the show for a dinner party, or just an easy addition for a weeknight dinner. We love these chicken tenders because they're kid and family-friendly and are a great go-to recipe for a busy week. They can be prepped overnight by making the marinade and letting the chicken sit in it overnight, ready to throw in the oven during breakfast hour - meaning when it comes to dinnertime later, they're ready to eat! They're also incredibly juicy, lean, and filling, so we can say goodbye to dry chicken! "

Serves5 Servings

Preparation Time5 min

Chilling Time30 min

Cooking Time20 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • 1 1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken tenders, cut into ½ inch strips lengthwise
  • lemon slices
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Cut chicken into tenderloin shape and pat dry.

  2. Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl or large ziplock bag, and add chicken, massaging it around the marinade.

  3. Cover and place in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes (or overnight) to let marinate. While chicken is marinating, preheat oven to 400°F

  4. After marinating, transfer chicken to baking pan and 4-6 add lemon slices over it to bake

  5. Roast for 10 minutes. Flip and cook for another 8-12 minutes, or until the interior of the chicken reaches 165deg F*, using a food thermometer.

  6. Serve with honey yogurt sauce, alongside rice and your favorite vegetable!

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