Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

Summer is no different from the rest of the year as far as ease of getting dinner on the table.  In fact I think we have already established it’s harder.  No schedules, kids running willy nilly.  Long days at the pool, or beach means a quick stop at the local pizzeria.


Normally my go-to meal in the summer is meat on the grill, vegetable, and a salad.  If we are lucky a starch is thrown in.  But this year we had a little oopsa-daisy happen, and we were without a grill for a few weeks.  (oopsa-daisy = new driver backing over grill that mom left smack dab in the middle of the driveway).  Finally our new grill has arrived, assembled and shiny and I have been using it non-stop.  Now my only dilemma is that I remember to thaw out the meat so I can grill it!



One of the ways I have learned to stretch the dollar is to cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into strips.  Depending on the size of the breast I cut them in to 2 or three pieces each.  This way our family of six can get by with 4 chicken breasts and there is always plenty, no one goes hungry.



Our favorite and most versatile marinade is Lemon Pepper.  It’s quick easy and the flavors adapt well to most side dishes, and the left overs are perfect chopped up over a salad or made into chicken salad.



If I am feeling particularly organized and thrifty with my time I make a double batch and freeze half in the marinade for later .



 Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken served with Risotto topped with roasted green beans and mushroom.

More grilling inspiration:

Garlic Soy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak ~ The Lemon Bowl

Chinese Barbecued Pork (Char Siu) ~ Foodie with Family

Grilled Thai Chicken with Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce ~ Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Herb Marinated Pork Chop ~  Everyday Maven

For more family friendly recipes FOLLOW Meal Ideas from 25 Top Family Food  Bloggers it’s a great resource for family friendly meals and recipes from bloggers who are just like you and me dealing with the what’s 4 Dinner Dilemma!

Hope you’re having a great day! Sheila


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  1. 1

    You know I love everything about these!! YUM!!
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl recently posted..Baked Egg Rolls with Bacon and Sweet Chili Dipping SauceMy Profile

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      Sheila :

      I hadn’t thought of it, but this totally your kinda recipe! Lemony and all 😉

  2. 2

    These are the perfect dinner for a busy summer night! My kids love eating chicken prepared like rhis. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon recently posted..Grilled Zucchini with ParmesanMy Profile

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      Sheila :

      You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by..hope you’re enjoying your summer. xoxo Sheila

  3. 3

    This is my go-to chicken when I’m in a hurry. So funny, I actually made something very similar last night and served it with pasta tossed with pesto and tomatoes. I’ll have to try it with rissoto next time – sounds delicious!
    Jeanette recently posted..Peach Kiwi Avocado Pepper Salsa RecipeMy Profile

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      Sheila :

      OOOh that sounds wonderful..I will have to give that one a try next time! Jeanette thanks for stopping by ; )

  4. 4

    Yum, these look fabulous! And so simple. I know my boys would love them!
    Sarah @ The Chef Next Door recently posted..Fresh Peach MuffinsMy Profile

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    Des :

    I adore lemon pepper chicken! I’ve never grilled it before though. This looks fabulous. And I love your trick of cutting the chicken into smaller pieces. I do the same thing. They go so much further that way! 🙂
    Des recently posted..Cold Sesame Noodle SaladMy Profile

  6. 6

    My big dilemma is that I use charcoal and sometimes the durn stuff just won’t light!
    Sounds delicious… but my lemon dilemma is that Big Daddy and MiniMe don’t like the lovely sunny fruit!
    Melissa M recently posted..Holy Jalapeno!My Profile

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      Sheila :

      I love charcoal, but it does take longer…and much more forethought than I ever have time for. It would be nice to have both gas and charcoal grills 😉 Oh sorry about the anti sunny fruit peeps in your home ;(!

  7. 7

    Perfect dinner. Thankfully we live in the north of Australia so even winter is warm enough to grill. I’m in shorts and bare feet today – and I want this chicken!
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted..Simple Chicken Salad Sandwich RollMy Profile


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