Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley

Love Chicken Piccata? Then try these boneless Chicken Tenders Smothered in a delicious Lemon and Parsley sauce. It makes an exquisite dish that can be easily prepared in one skillet. Perfect entrée for a busy weeknight and one that makes dinner a snap!

This chicken recipe makes a satisfying dish and goes perfectly with a side of steamed rice, or angel hair pasta with lemon sauce, and even with easy garlic mashed potatoes.  

A white deep dish filled with cooked chicken tenders with capers and lemon sauce.

Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon…

Chicken tenderloins cook up quickly. So I decided to make my favorite chicken piccata using these chicken tenders and smothered them in lemon and parsley sauce. Delish!

Simple ingredients are what make this chicken dish so flavorful.  Sautéing and simmering all the ingredients in one skillet, allows all the flavors to infuse into the chicken tenders easily. It’s what truly makes this dish worthy to cook.

Chicken tenders in an oval serving platter with lemon slices and lemon sauce.

The lemon sauce

  • The lemon and parsley sauce is what makes these chicken tenders so delicious and worthy to cook!
  • You can’t go wrong with this recipe or mess it up.  It turns out perfect every time. 
  • Even the leftovers are better the next day, and reheat beautifully! 
  • This easy recipe is adaptable too! 

Ingredients needed for this recipe…

  • chicken tenders (or tenderloins)
  • fresh parsley
  • lemons
  • vegetable or chicken broth
  • flour or GF flour
  • capers
  • white wine
All the ingredients are placed on the table. And, the fully cooked chicken tenders in lemon sauce served in an oval white serving dish.

How To Make Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley?

There are a few easy steps involved. But before we start, it is best to quickly rinse the chicken and drain them.  Then prep and chop some fresh Italian parsley. Next, grab a large skillet and heat olive oil and butter over moderate heat.  

Directions To Make It…

 STEP 1:  Take each chicken tender, one by one, and dredge each one in flour, coating both sides.  Then add them to the skillet.  Sauté for a few minutes, browning the bottoms, then turn them over and sauté the other side for a few minutes.

Steps to dredging chicken tenders in flour, and cooking chicken tenders in a skillet on stove top.

STEP 2:  Toss in capers, pour in the wine, and cover with a lid.  Simmer for a few minutes.  

STEP 3:  Uncover, add the lemon juice, chicken broth (or vegetable broth), and lots of freshly chopped parsley.  Cover, and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes more.  Turn off the heat and serve. 

Squeezing lemon juice over the skillet white cooking chicken tenders on stove top.

Questions & Tips for Success:

  • Need more lemon sauce?  Sure.  Just add in additional lemon juice, white wine, and chicken broth.
  • Don’t like capers?  No problem… omit them and adjust the salt at the end.
  • Fresh parsley gives this lemon sauce its fresh flavor! So don’t leave it out.
  • Remember, the longer the chicken sits after it’s been cooked, the more the lemon sauce gets absorbed into the chicken. If this happens turn on low hear, and pour in additional chicken broth.
  • Also, flour will help thicken the sauce as it simmers. But if you prefer, you can stir in cornstarch ( about 1 teaspoon) into the sauce while it simmers.

What Sides to Serve it With?

Any side will taste even better when they soak up some of that delicious lemon sauce. So many options to choose from:

Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley and served in an oval white dish with lemon slices as garnish.

A Delicious Meal…

We bet you will enjoy our chicken recipe as much as we do. Serve this dish with some crusty bread, and maybe a light-citrus-flavored white wine, like a Chardonnay.

Best of all, this recipe helps get dinner ready in less than 30 minutes, and one your family will love!


More Delicious Chicken Recipes…

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley

A white deep dish filled with cooked chicken tenders with capers and lemon sauce.

Boneless chicken tenders smothered in lemon and parsley sauce is an exquisite dish that is easily prepared in a skillet. An ideal entrée to make for a busy weeknight and one that will quickly get on to the table.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 pounds of boneless chicken tenders
  • all-purpose flour ( or GF) - for dredging
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. capers
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 lemons - juiced
  • 3/4 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet and on low heat, heat olive oil, and butter.
  2. In the meantime, lightly season chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Using a small bowl, add some flour and begin to lightly dredge the chicken, coating both sides.
  3. Add chicken to the skillet, raise heat to medium, and brown the chicken, cooking for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Add capers, white wine, and cover. Simmer chicken tenders for about 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover, add vegetable broth, lemon juice, and fresh chopped parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and continue to simmer for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with additional chopped parsley over the entire dish and serve.
  5. Total Cooking Time: 15 minutes.
  6. Serves 4 to 6


If you prefer more lemon sauce, just add additional 1/4 cup of white wine and additional 1/2 lemon juiced.

Nutrition Information:


4 to 6 servings

Serving Size:

4 pieces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 16.4gCarbohydrates: 2.2gProtein: 11.7g

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  1. Fabulous! Love the piccata-like ingredients. I think these would be fabulous served over some pasta, but I love the potato mash idea as well. Thanks!

  2. This sounds so delicious! All those bright, wonderful flavors would be wonderful with a side of rice to help soak up the wonderful juices.

    1. I’m with you! 😉 Love it with a side of rice – it is perfect! Thanks, Susan! Have a great day!

    1. Haha, thanks Jeff, but there’s no need for garlic in this recipe and no need to add it either. Try this recipe and you’ll see why…. thanks so much! 🙂

    1. That’s awesome, Bernadette! I bet it was. We love flounder too! Thanks so much! 🙂

    1. Welcome to our blog Olivia! It’s so nice to meet you. Adding in Mushrooms sounds perfect!! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I made it tonight and my husband couldn’t stop raving about how good it was. Thanks!

    1. So happy to hear Barbara!! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment and welcome to our blog! It’s so nice to meet you!

    1. Hi Kit ! Welcome to our recipe blog! Glad you liked our recipe, and adding garlic sounds delicious! Thank you for leaving a lovely comment! Have a great weekend!

  4. I could throw in some garlic too and serve it with pasta and hearty bread, and more wine – I am all over this dish! Thanks – sweet friends – have a wonderful Mother's day!

  5. Ohh I could pluck a couple of those tenders right out of the pan! they look SO good – a perfect dinner :)Mary x