Honey Jalapeño Chicken Tenders

For summertime grilling, this is one of the easiest, quickest and tastiest recipes you will find.  It only takes 2-3 minutes per side to cook chicken tenders on a hot grill which is one reason why this marinade from The Farm, by Ian Knauer, is so great…the honey caramelizes very quickly so you get a wonderful glazed char before the chicken is overcooked. Most of the heat in a jalapeño is in the seeds so use them to control the spiciness of this dish.  I scrape out most of the seeds, letting just a random few into the marinade and that makes for chicken tenders with just a little kick, suitable for kids and adults alike.

Honey Jalapeño Chicken Tenders

Serves 6-8
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Appetizer, Main Dish
Occasion Barbecue
From book The Farm, by Ian Knauer
Quick and easy chicken tenders for the grill.


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 6 jalapeño peppers (chopped, (see note above about seeds))
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (finely grated)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3lb chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • sour cream for serving


1. Preheat the grill to high and oil the grill rack.
2. Whisk together the honey, soy sauce, oil, garlic, jalapeños, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Toss the chicken in the marinade and let stand for at least 15 minutes at room temperature or cover an refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
3. Frill the chicken until well browned and cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side. Serve sprinkled with cilantro with sour cream on the side.



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    Daniella garcia
    September 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    So Delicious! My family loved them can’t wait to grill these again for friends. It was super easy and fast cooking it will be great to make the marinade ahead of time and grill these up speedily. Thank you!

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    June 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Ideas for sides?

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    June 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Looks so good! I recently tried a similar marinade but without the jalapeños and cilantro, and I love the idea of adding them!

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    May 31, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I had Kyle over and made this for dinner tonight. We both loved them!! I wasn’t sure on the seeds and heat. We agreed to add more seeds next time.

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    natalie @ wee eats
    May 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

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    May 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Beautiful photo and recipe. Hope all is well with you and your family!

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    May 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Yum! These make me wish I had a BBQ ah someday 🙂

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      June 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Chant try the recipe but bake the chicken in the oven.. The flavour is still there.

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    May 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Wow! These look amazing! I love all the flavors in the marinade. Definitely saving this recipe to try sometime. Thank you!

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