Pan Seared Chicken Tenders
Published May 11, 2023
Updated Feb 12, 2024
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Flavor-packed, tender, and juicy are some words to describe these Pan Seared Chicken Tenders. They are ready in 15 minutes. Isn’t this what dinner dreams are made of?
If you want to be in the kitchen and out in no time, make these succulent chicken tenders in your pan or skillet.
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Pan Searing Chicken Tenders
The chicken tender or tenderloin is an independent small muscle that lies directly under the chicken breast. Some people assume it is just part of a chicken breast but it isn’t.
Pan searing is a cooking technique that involves cooking meat, chicken, or fish in a skillet over medium to high heat.
This technique, when done properly creates a sear on the protein and adds loads of flavor in a short time.
Cooking chicken tenders this way is a great way to cook them because they get done so fast.
Also, with this recipe, you don’t need to coat the flour in any flour or breading. This makes a great low-carb, gluten-free, or Whole30 recipe.
With minimal ingredients, you’ll have great-tasting chicken tenders pan-seared with no added flour or breading. Here is everything you need:
- Chicken tenders: You could pick up packs of chicken tenders from your local grocery store or supermarket. This recipe calls for one pound of chicken tenders which can serve about 4 people but feel free to double the recipe if your family is bigger.
- Olive oil: Use olive oil or another flavorless oil for pan searing.
- Seasoning: A combination of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley flakes, and paprika takes chicken tenders over the top!
- Butter: Adding some unsalted butter at the end of cooking adds more flavor which takes these chicken tenders over the top! If you want even more flavor, use high-quality European butter if you can find it.
See the recipe card below for quantities of ingredients.
How To Pan Sear Chicken Tenders
With 4 easy steps, you’ll have a tasty dinner of pan-cooked chicken tenders. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Mix the seasoning and rub on both sides of the chicken tenders.
Step 2: Heat up oil in a skillet on medium-high heat and cook the chicken tenders for 4 minutes on the first side.
Step 3: Flip the chicken to the other side and cook for another 3-4 minutes until done.
Step 4: Add butter to the pan and let it melt then spoon the melted butter over the chicken tenders.
When the chicken tenders are done, you can garnish them with fresh chopped parsley and serve warm with your favorite sides.
Tip: Chicken is done when it registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit or 73 degrees Celsius on a meat thermometer.
Also check out this recipe for pan seared Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts.
Substitutions and Variations
- Chicken – instead of chicken tenders, you could use boneless chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs cut into strips.
- Seasoning – add seasoning blends like Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or lemon pepper seasoning. Make sure you reduce the salt the recipe calls for if your seasoning is salted or use salt-free seasoning.
- Spicy – for a spicy kick, add some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the seasoning.
Make sure your pan heats up until smoking hot before adding the chicken to the pan. This ensures the chicken gets a nice sear.
Pan-sear chicken tenders for 4 minutes on one side then 3-4 minutes on the other side.
There is no need to cover chicken when pan searing.
To prevent chicken from overcooking, flip the chicken as soon as it reaches a golden brown color and releases easily from the pan.
Looking for more easy dinner recipes? Try these:
- Pan Seared Ribeye Steak
- Pan Grilled Salmon
- Lemon Butter Tilapia
- Marry Me Chicken
- Chicken Drumsticks in Creamy Sauce
- Pan Seared Lamb Chops
Serve these chicken tenders with:
- Garlic Butter Green Beans
- Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Sauteed Vegetables
- Easy Roasted Potatoes
- Mango Avocado Salsa
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Pan Seared Chicken Tenders
- 1 10 inch skillet cast iron or another skillet
- 1 pound chicken tenders about 8 tenders
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- Thoroughly pat the chicken tenders dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl mix together the salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and dried parsley flakes.
- Sprinkle the seasoning evenly on both sides of the chicken tenders then rub the seasoning on the chicken using finger tips.
- Place the skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. Heat up for 2 minutes.
- Add the seasoned chicken tenders to the skillet pressing each chicken tender onto the skillet.
- Cook on one side for about 4 minutes then flip to the other side and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Dot the pan with thye butter and let the butter melt. Spoon the melted butter over the chicken tenders.
- Serve chicken tenders warm with your favorite side dish.