If you’re searching for a scrumptious weeknight dinner that’s both quick and easy, look no further than these garlic butter chicken tenderloins! In under 15 minutes, you can create a family-favorite meal that will leave everyone wanting more.
The Perfect Weeknight Dinner
What sets these stove-top chicken tenderloins apart is their incredible flavor and minimal cooking time. The combination of Italian seasoning, oregano, and paprika creates a mouthwatering blend of spices that perfectly complements the juicy chicken strips. And let’s not forget about the star of the show: the delicious melted butter and fragrant garlic that infuse these tenderloins with an irresistible taste.
Forget about breading or frying! Cooking chicken tenderloins in a skillet not only eliminates the mess but also offers a healthier alternative. The result is a flavorful and tender chicken dish that requires minimal effort.
A Versatile Dish
While these pan-fried chicken tenders are already bursting with flavor, you can take them to the next level by serving them with a homemade honey mustard sauce or ranch dressing. However, they are so delicious on their own that you may not even need a dipping sauce!
How to Cook Chicken Tenderloins
To make these heavenly chicken tenderloins, start by combining olive oil, Italian seasoning, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Coat the tenderloins evenly in the spice mixture, then heat a large nonstick skillet. Add butter to the skillet, allowing it to melt and coat the pan. Cook the seasoned chicken on each side for a couple of minutes until seared to perfection. Move the tenderloins to one side of the skillet, melt more butter, and add minced garlic. Saute the garlic until aromatic before tossing it with the chicken and cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Tips for Success
To ensure even cooking, use chicken tenderloins of similar size and thickness. Gently pounding thicker tenderloins can help even them out. For extra crispiness, you can lightly coat the seasoned chicken with flour before frying them in the skillet. Avoid overcrowding the skillet to prevent the chicken from steaming instead of searing.
A Delicious and Versatile Dish
Chicken tenderloins are the lean and tender strips of meat located underneath the chicken breast. They cook quickly, making them perfect for a variety of dishes, including these pan-fried chicken tenders. You can choose to remove the tendon before cooking, but it’s not necessary.
Pair these garlic butter chicken tenderloins with rice or pasta and a simple vegetable side dish. The options are endless! You can serve them with seasoned rice, spicy vodka pasta, or baked mac and cheese. Buttered peas or glazed baby carrots make for excellent side dishes that complement the flavors perfectly.
Customize to Your Taste
Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your preferences. Thyme, Herbes de Provence, or rosemary can be substituted for oregano, while smoked paprika adds a smoky flavor. For extra heat, crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper are fantastic options. If you prefer a dairy-free alternative, use a plant-based butter substitute or coconut oil. You can even use roasted garlic or garlic powder for a milder garlic flavor.
Alternative Cooking Methods
If you prefer alternative cooking methods, you can easily adapt this recipe. For oven-baked tenderloins, preheat your oven to 400°F and bake them for about 15-18 minutes. For air fryer chicken tenderloins, preheat your air fryer to 400°F and cook them for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you’re in the mood for grilled chicken, grill the seasoned tenderloins for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.
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More Chicken Recipes
Looking for more chicken inspiration? Check out these dinner ideas:
- Air Fried Chicken Tenderloins
- Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Get ready to enjoy this amazing garlic butter chicken tenderloin recipe that’s perfect for a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner. Bon appétit!
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