Skillet Citrus Chicken Tenders


Chicken Tenders with bright citrus flavors! Who doesn’t love a quick and easy skillet chicken recipe? Skillet chicken has become a go to dinner option for me because we eat a lot of lean chicken around here and it’s one of the quickest ways to cook it.

No waiting for a grill or oven to preheat, no long cooking times, just a delicious flavorful chicken dinner that’s ready in no time!

Skillet Citrus Chicken Tenders | Cooking Classy

This is a Cook’s Illustrated recipe, the only thing I did differently from what they did is swap out the vegetable oil for olive oil since it’s a healthier alternative (you could also cut the butter back to 1 Tbsp at the end and it would still be delicious).

You could easily make this gluten free by using 1 1/2 tsp of cornstarch instead of the 1 Tbsp flour – but rather than making a roux with the flour simply mix the cornstarch with a few tablespoons of the broth before adding.

Make good use of all those navel oranges that are in season and try this soon, this is one you don’t want to miss out on! You’ll love these vibrant citrus flavors paired with that buttery, garlicky sauce and you’ll love that it’s simple yet utterly delicious!

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Skillet Citrus Chicken Tenders

5 from 1 vote

These quick pan seared chicken tenders are a breeze to make and deliciously tasty! This bright citrusy sauce is bursting with so fresh flavor! Use chicken tenders or slice chicken breasts into strips to make your own.

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1.75 lbs chicken tenderloins (I just sliced chicken breasts into strips)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  2. Season both sides of chicken tenders with salt and pepper and add half of them to skillet and cook about 2 - 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through and golden brown. 
  3. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with aluminum foil and repeat process with remaining half of the chicken tenders. Remove remaining chicken from skillet and transfer to plate also.
  4. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in now empty skillet then add garlic and saute 15 seconds then add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
  5. Slowly pour in chicken broth, orange juice and lemon juice while scrapping up browned bits from bottom of pan and stirring constantly. 
  6. Allow mixture to simmer, stirring frequently about 3 minutes, or until reduced and thickened slightly. Stir remaining 2 Tbsp butter, in orange zest and lemon zest. 
  7. Return chicken to skillet, toss with sauce and sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Citrus Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Potassium 670mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 8.3%
Vitamin C 20.3%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Tenders
Calories: 316 kcal


  • Debbie: Loved it. I put in segments of oranges at the end. It gave it an extra punch. Making it again. March 11, 2018 at 1:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Debbie! March 12, 2018 at 10:30am Reply

  • Laura Edwards: Made it. Great. Easy. Only substituted cornstarch (less than the flour) as my guest was gluten-free. Definitely making it again. July 20, 2017 at 3:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Laura! July 26, 2017 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Victoria Linn: This is delicious! Everyone loved it. It was a nice change. Thanks for sharing! June 12, 2017 at 8:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Victoria! June 13, 2017 at 11:53am Reply

  • Mimi: How would this turn out in the crockpot? Has anyone tried it? May 31, 2016 at 2:32pm Reply

  • Sarah: Can you do this in a pan on low heat? May 18, 2016 at 6:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend cooking the chicken on medium-high heat in a pan. May 19, 2016 at 1:36am Reply

  • Lamika: I made this for dinner and everyone loved it.
    I especially love citrus type foods. I have a ton of your foods and you are my to for quick and delicious foods. Thanks May 11, 2016 at 4:07pm Reply

  • michelle: FANTASTIC!! My kids, who eat nothing, loved it! Thank you! February 15, 2016 at 11:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family liked this chicken Michelle :)! February 15, 2016 at 1:49pm Reply

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