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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

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Break out the barbecue for these easy and tasty Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders. Chicken tenders lightly marinaded in a homemade teriyaki sauce and grilled to perfection. On the table in under 30 minutes!

Chicken tenders in teriyaki sauce on a plate.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

What are These Chicken Tenders Like

  • Difficulty – I feel this is an easy chicken recipe that anyone can make. The homemade teriyaki sauce comes together and you can even use store bought if you like. It’s also a Quick Dinner and on the table in 30 minutes.
  • Taste – As stated in the title, this has a sweet teriyaki flavour. The chicken is tender and really takes on the flavour of the sauce.
  • Serving – This recipe serves four people. You can easily adjust the serving size in the recipe card at the end of the post.
Teriyaki Chicken Tenders on the Grill
Easy Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

  • Chicken – This recipe uses chicken tenders.
  • Teriyaki sauce – I made a homemade teriyaki sauce for this recipe which uses soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, corn flour and water.
  • Garnish – I finished off the chicken tenders with sesame seeds and finely diced spring onions.

NOTE, The full recipe and ingredient list can be found at the end of the post in the recipe card.

Ingredients to make Teriyaki Chicken Tenders.
Ingredients to make Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

Instructions

  1. Make cornflour mixture – In a small glass, combine the two tablespoons of cornflour with about 2-3 tablespoons of the water. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  2. Make teriyaki sauce – In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic and ginger. Stir well and bring to a gentle simmer for about 2 minutes. Add all the water and bring to a boil. Pour in the cornflour mixture and stir until it thickens, about one minute. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
  3. Marinade chicken – Coat the chicken tenders in the teriyaki sauce and stir well to coat completely.
  4. Grill chicken – Set the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken tenders on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes. Turn the tenders over and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Baste with extra sauce while cooking.
  5. Garnish and serve – Remove from barbecue and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.

Recipe Tips

  • Prep ahead sauce – You can make the teriyaki sauce in advance. In fact, it will store up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Double the sauce – If you want to serve sauce on the side for dipping, I recommend you double the recipe. You can easily do that in the recipe card.
  • Grilling – Make sure you grill is clean and you preheat for about 5 minutes before grilling. It’s best to set the heat to medium so you don’t burn the chicken before it cooks through the centre.
Grilled teriyaki chicken tenders with limes and sesame seeds.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

Substitutions and Alternative Cooking Methods

  • Chicken tenders – I used pretty small sized chicken tenders for this recipe. You could use whole chicken breast. You could cut the chicken in small pieces and put it on skewer sticks. Even drumsticks, thighs or wings would work. Keep in mind cooking time will vary with the type of chicken you are using.
  • Teriyaki sauce– This recipe uses a homemade teriyaki sauce, but you can easily use store bought teriyaki sauce.
  • Cook them on the stove top – I’ve done this many times. Just heat a large skillet or skillet with grill lines over medium to high heat. Add a little olive oil and add them to the pan. Cook on all sides until no longer pink and cooked through. Will probably take 15 minutes or so.
  • Can be cooked under a broiler in the oven – place the chicken skewers in a baking sheet and place directly under the broiler in the oven. Cook them for about 10 minutes per side or until cooked through.
Teriyaki chicken tenders on a plate with a tea towel.
Teriyaki Chicken Tenders with Teriyaki Sauce

Serving

Teriyaki chicken will go with so many different side dishes. Personally, I love it with plain fluffy Basmati rice. However, it would go great with Fried Rice of any kind, the Mushroom and Leek Wild Rice dish or the Caramelized Onion and Almond Rice Pilaf. You could also serve the Quick Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry on the side to make a bigger meal.

Close up of teriyaki chicken tenders.
Teriyaki Chicken Tenders Cooked on the Grill

Frequently Asked Questions

What is teriyaki sauce?

Traditional Teriyaki sauce is a Japanese sauce that contains soy sauce, sugar, mirin and sake. However, it has been westernized to incorporate honey, garlic and ginger. Cornflour is often added to thicken the sauce.

Are chicken tenders the same as chicken breast?

Chicken tenders the a small part of the chicken breast that is just under the breast. It is, as the name states, tender. Chicken breast are larger and not quite as tender. However, you can easily substitute chicken breast for chicken tenders in most recipes.

Chicken tenders on a white plate with teriyaki sauce and limes.
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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

Break out the barbecue for these easy and tasty Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders. Chicken tenders lightly marinaded in a homemade teriyaki sauce and grilled to perfection. On the table in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: quick dinners, teriyaki sauce
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Julia Pinney

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 spring onions finely diced

Instructions

  • In a small glass, combine the two tablespoons of cornflour with about 2-3 tablespoons of the water. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic and ginger. Stir well and bring to a gentle simmer for about 2 minutes. Add all the water and bring to a boil. Pour in the cornflour mixture and stir until it thickens, about one minute. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
  • Coat the chicken tenders in the teriyaki sauce and stir well to coat completely.
  • Set the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken tenders on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes. Turn the tenders over and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Baste with extra sauce while cooking.
  • Remove from barbecue and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 2342mg102%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 96IU2%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
By on June 19th, 2023
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