Tangy Grilled Chicken Tenders in a Garlic, Basil Lemon Oil Marinade

I came up this fast marinade about a year ago when I had chicken breast tenders and little time to prepare dinner…  They are spicy and tangy,  as you bite into them you taste all the different marinade elements.  The trick is to pleat the chicken breasts when you skewer them to capture the garlic, basil, hot pepper and scallion in the pockets so when you grill them all the flavors come out.

Tangy Chicken Tenders in a Garlic, Basil, Lemon Oil Marinade

  • Servings: 2-3
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Easy, flavorful grilled chicken  breast alternative


1 lb Chicken Breast filets (tenders)

2 tbls extra virgin olive oil

the juice of 2 lemons

1 scallion diced

1 tbls balsamic vinegar

1 mild to med hot pepper sliced thinly (to taste)

2 large garlic cloves sliced thinly (you want the garlic to grill easily so slice it thin)

handful of fresh basil leaves chopped

Chicken Spice mix to taste  (Grill mates Montreal Chicken works!)


-In a dish large enough for the chicken breasts add the chicken breasts, lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, thinly slice pepper and garlic, diced scallion, basil leaves chopped, along with the spice mix.  Mix well and let sit for at least 20 minutesIMG_0124.JPG


-Skewer the Breasts in a manner which allows you to keep the garlic, pepper inside the chicken (this gets a little tricky with tenders, if you use regular thin cut breasts you can roll the mix inside before inserting the skewer)


-Place the chicken skewer on a preheated grill  direct heat medium low until golden brown and cooked through the middle.

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-They are not the prettiest, but they are yummy!!!

Buon Appetito!!