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Baked Chili Lime Chicken Tenders Recipe

These Baked Chili Lime Chicken Tenders are the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. They come together in minutes and taste absolutely amazing.
Prep Time3 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time3 hrs 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Chicken, Easy Chicken Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 228kcal

Equipment

  • 9x13-inch Baking Pan
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken tenders
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange chicken tenders in single layer in pan.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together chili sauce, orange marmalade, soy sauce, lime juice, dried onion, garlic, and salt and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken.
  • Cover pan with plastic wrap and let marinate in fridge for about an hour (I let mine marinate for about 3 hours), turning chicken once, about half way through marinating time.
  • Remove chicken from fridge, discard plastic wrap, and bake chicken for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from oven, turn chicken pieces over and return to oven and bake for 10-15 more minutes (or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear).
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

HOW TO GET THE PERFECT CRISPINESS:
Your recipe should not have a lot of excess juices. That is the key to making crisp chicken, with a tender inside.
We recommend the best way to do this is to carefully follow these steps to ensure you don’t have excess juice in the pan.
  • Pat your chicken tenders dry: A lot of the time, people won’t prepare ahead of time, and have to defrost their  chicken in the microwave. This can easily lead to excess chicken juices.
  • Flipping your chicken: If you aren’t flipping your chicken, your tenders will only get crispy on one side, and be a little soggy on the other.
  • Broiling will always add the perfect crispness. Sometimes we like our exterior of our chicken to be a little extra crisp. To do this, we put it under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg