Caramelized Chicken Tenders


Any time I see the word “caramel” in a recipe title, count me in. In this case, the honey in the marinade is the responsible party for the “caramelized” chicken. Thanks, honey. Ha! And not only is it amazing but easy too. Takes some time to cook but it is the kind of thing you don’t have to babysit. You can just check on it every once in a while. Not high maintenance at all.


1 c Zesty Italian dressing

2 T lime juice

4 t honey

1 lb. chicken tenderloins (tendons removed)


Mix dressing, juice and honey in Ziploc bag. Add chicken. Marinade at least 1 hour up to several hours. When ready to cook, pour chicken and marinade into skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook approximately 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. As liquid cooks off and chicken turns golden, stir more frequently. Remaining marinade will eventually thicken and caramelize. (Watch chicken closely at this point, turning heat down as necessary, as chicken browns quickly.) When marinade has thickened and chicken is golden brown, remove from pan and serve as a main dish or on salads, in tortillas, or in a sandwich.

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4 Responses to Caramelized Chicken Tenders

  1. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    Carol, this looks so good. I’ve done chicken with Italian dressing in the past, but I never thought to use honey and lime with it. I’ll bet that the caramelized marinade is wonderful. Plus, you gave so many options for serving!

    • Carol says:

      Oh thanks, Terri. I love finding recipes like this that totally end up in my make-all-the-time pile. (Am I the only one who has piles of recipes? Rather than files, binders, or boxes? hee hee)

      • Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

        True confession–I have all of the above. And now I have Pinterest. At least with Pinterest I am not guilty of personal deforestation. How many forests are strewn around my house in the form of PAPER?

        • Carol says:

          LOL!! Yes, Pinterest is very forest-friendly. It’s crazy how many recipes can be found around my kitchen, dining, laundry, office, etc. I like to think of it as “decor”. Then I feel less messy. Haha!

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