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Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley

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Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley are boneless chicken tenders simmered with a lemon sauce makes an exquisite dish that’s easily prepared in one skillet!  Succulent boneless chicken tenderloins smothered in lemon and parsley along with 4 additional ingredients is an ideal entrée to make for a busy weeknight and one that makes dinner a snap!


Simple ingredients are what make this chicken dish so flavorful.  Sauteing 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 tenderloins cook up quickly.  This chicken recipe makes a satisfying dish and can be served with an easy side of steamed rice, or with easy garlic mashed potatoes.  


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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! 

Need more lemon sauce?  Sure.  Just add in additional lemon juice, white wine, and chicken broth.

Don’t like capers?  No problem… just omit them and adjust the salt at the end.



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To Make Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley:

There are a few easy steps to follow…  

Before I start, I prefer to quickly rinse the chicken and drain them.  Then chop some fresh Italian parsley.

Grab a large skillet and heat olive oil and butter over moderate heat.  

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

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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 heat and serve. 

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Cook’s Notes and Tips:

  • Fresh parsley gives this sauce its fresh flavor.  So don’t skip it. 

  • The longer the chicken sits after it’s been cooked, waiting to be served, the more the sauce gets absorbed into the chicken.  If this happens, turn on low heat, and pour in an additional splash of chicken broth to give it more sauce.

  • The flour will thicken the sauce as it simmers.  If you prefer not to use any flour at all, you may stir a little cornstarch (about 1 tsp.) into the sauce while it simmers. 


Complement this chicken dish with any of these sides: 

Any side will taste even better when they soak up some of that delicious lemon sauce.



Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley

Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley is a delicious dish. 

We bet you will enjoy our chicken recipe as much as we do.

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





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Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley

Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley by

Boneless chicken tenders smothered in lemon and parsley sauce is an exquisite dish that is easily prepared in a skillet. Succulent boneless chicken tenders simmered with white wine, capers, vegetable broth, lemon juice and parsley, is 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 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

Chicken Tenders Smothered in Lemon and Parsley

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Thanks for stopping by! 

  xo Anna and Liz



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  • Reply
    mimi rippee
    March 8, 2021 at 9:40 am

    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!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      March 8, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Thanks so much, Mimi! Enjoy and have a great day!

  • Reply
    March 7, 2021 at 11:08 am

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

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      March 8, 2021 at 11:28 am

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

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    March 3, 2021 at 9:03 am

    I have just two words for you: gar lic! I would love a bit of garlic in there. This sounds delicious!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      March 3, 2021 at 9:17 am

      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! 🙂

  • Reply
    bernadette Laganella
    March 3, 2021 at 8:48 am

    I substituted flounder for the chicken. Delicious.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      March 3, 2021 at 9:16 am

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

  • Reply
    July 27, 2019 at 11:17 am

    This was a delicious meal I added mushrooms.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      July 30, 2019 at 4:38 am

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

  • Reply
    Barbara Crary
    September 12, 2018 at 7:15 pm

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

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      September 13, 2018 at 12:15 pm

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

  • Reply
    February 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I really liked the recipe and add garlic to it also…thanks

    • Reply
      February 6, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    November 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    That bright lemony flavor sounds so good!

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    November 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    What a wonderful chicken dish!! I wish I could have some!!

  • Reply
    May 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hey Tricia, I hear ya! This would be great with added garlic and served over pasta.

  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    May 8, 2013 at 12:47 am

    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!

  • Reply
    May 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I love the sauce for this dish! So lemony delicious.

  • Reply
    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    May 7, 2013 at 1:18 am

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

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