It’s so easy to live a low carb lifestyle when recipes like this Low Carb Chicken Tenders are on the menu! 

This is the best recipe for lemon garlic chicken tenders that are flavorful, super easy to make and also low carb! Make an extra batch for the family or for a crowd—easy chicken tenders are always a hit!

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Low Carb Chicken Tenders

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Easy Chicken Tenders

This recipe for lemon garlic chicken tenders makes for a simple side dish, entrée. Or as a topper for a low carb salad or tucked into a cauliflower rice wrap with some healthy veg! Excellent for dipping and dunking, too! Healthy baked chicken tenders are the perfect recipe for kids, too!

Why buy store-bought when you can make tender and juicy chicken tenders at home in just a few minutes? Healthier than fried, this recipe makes the best-fried chicken tenders for dipping,

ingredients to make Low Carb Chicken Tenders

Lemon Garlic Chicken Tenders

Our recipe has just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and pantry!

CHICKEN TENDERLOIN Chicken tenderloin, or “tenders” are the tender piece of meat attached to the back of chicken breasts. They can be purchased separately, but it’s probably cheaper to just buy chicken breasts and either cut the breast into long “tenders” or just use the tenderloins and save the breast for another meal.

BUTTER Real butter is one of the best things about eating low carb.

SEASONINGS Lemon juice, a handful of seasonings, a bit of salt and pepper, and some parsley as a garnish is all it takes to make these tenders juicy and flavorful.

SWERVE It’s optional, but believe it or not, a little sweetness underneath can make food taste super savory. (It’s a trick takeout places use all the time.)

VARIATIONS Don’t hesitate to switch up the flavors, like a Tex-Mex flavor, a light ranch dressing or use this creamy vinaigrette which is delicious!

process of adding sauce to chicken to make Low Carb Chicken Tenders

How To Make Chicken Tenders in the Oven

Just a couple of easy steps is all it takes to make succulent chicken tenders that are a complete low carb hit!

  1. Combine all the ingredients, add chicken tenders. Mix and coat entirely.
  2. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake according to recipe instructions.

How to Cook in an Air Fryer:

  1. Spray air fryer basket with pan release. Place seasoned chicken tenders in a single layer.
  2. Cook for 10-12 minutes in an air fryer preheated at 375°F.
  3. Flip halfway through the cooking process. Serve warm with dipping sauce or your favorite side dish.

What to Serve with Chicken Tenders

No matter if chicken tenders are served as an appetizer or an entrée, they are a tasty treat! Serve them with cold side dishes like coleslaw or cucumber feta salad, or hot side dishes like roasted cauliflower, roasted asparagus, or even bacon creamed cabbage. You can also serve them with just a simple ranch dip that is so satisfying.

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Best Way To Reheat Chicken Tenders

  • Store cooked chicken tenders in an airtight container and they’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat them in the microwave, toaster oven, or under the broiler for about 3 minutes.

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Low Carb Chicken Tenders

Butter, seasonings and chicken are all that's needed for these flavorful and easy chicken tenders.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 ½ lb chicken tenderloins
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Swerve granulated sweetener optional
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Combine all ingredients except chicken in bowl and mix well. Add chicken and quickly toss to combine. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 9 minutes.
  • Move the pan to the top ⅓ of the oven and broil 3-4 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with additional parsley.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 629mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’m on a ketogenic diet and this is perfect. I’ll be trying this tonight. Can’t wait.