How Long Does it Take to Smoke Chicken Tenders?

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By: Tom Valenti


Are you looking for a flavor-packed, protein-rich dish that’s sure to satisfy you? Look no further than smoked chicken tenders! These delicious smoke-infused and crispy morsels are an easy and versatile meal that can be enjoyed with friends on game day or as a main course at any dinner gathering. Not only is it packed with smoky goodness, but the combination of seasonings used also gives these tenders their unique flavor profile – making them truly delicious. 

Nonetheless, do you know how to make perfect smoked chicken tenders? You must be surprised to hear that it is really quite easy to make with our instructions. So, let’s get started, on making these perfectly cooked Smoke Chicken Tenders!


What is Smoked Chicken Tenders?

What is Smoked Chicken Tenders

Smoked chicken tenders are strips of boneless, skinless chicken coated in a flavorful rub and smoked until crispy. The smoky flavor penetrates the outside of the tender, creating a succulent texture with just the right amount of char. The end result is an incredibly tasty and protein-packed meal that can be enjoyed with almost anything.

How to Make Smoked Chicken Tenders?

How to Make Smoked Chicken Tenders

Making smoked chicken tenders is a simple and straightforward process. Here’s what you should follow:



  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • Cold water, salt, sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Your favorite seasoning blend (for example, a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper and cumin)

Guide to Making Smoked Tenders

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken Tenders

Start by combining 3l cold water with 2 tablespoons of salt in a large bowl. You can add sugar for additional sweetness, but this is optional. Immerse the chicken tenders in this brine for half an hour, or up to two hours if you prefer. This will ensure that your chicken is flavorful and succulent after cooking. 

After immersing, pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

Step 2:  Season the Tenders

Once the chicken tenders are dry, spread them on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Rub the seasoning blend of your choice into each tender until fully coated.

Keep in mind that there are various seasoning options, depending on personal tastes. Absolutely, you can opt to keep it simple with just salt, pepper, and garlic powder or add a combination of other herbs and spices for an extra kick.

Step 3: Smoke the Chicken

Set up your smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat it to 225°F (107°C). Place the chicken on the grate and add your desired type of wood chips. Close the lid and smoke for about 1 – 1.5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches  165°F (74°C).

On the other hand, you also can remove them when the internal temperature reaches 160°F(71°C), then finish them by placing them on a hot grill for about 5 minutes to crisp up the outside.

Step 4: Serve the Chicken

Once the smoked chicken tenders are done, remove them from the smoker and serve warm. You can enjoy it with your favorite dipping sauce or sides.

For a more detailed guide, you can watch the video.


How Long does it Take to Smoke Chicken Tenderloins at 225?

It usually takes about 1-1.5 hours to smoke chicken tenders at 225°F (107°C).

Is it Safe to Smoke Chicken at 250?

Yes, you can smoke chicken at 250°F (121°C). However, you must ensure that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before consuming.

How Long does it Take to Smoke Chicken Tenderloins at 250?

It usually takes about 45 minutes to smoke chicken tenders at 250°F (121°C).

Is it Better to Smoke a Chicken at 225 or 250?

It depends on the recipe. Generally, most recipes will call for smoking at 225°F (107°C) as this low and slow approach allows the smoke to penetrate the chicken more deeply.

What Temperature do You Smoke Chicken for 3 hours?

Most recipes will call for smoking at 225°F (107°C) for 3 hours. This low and slow approach allows the smoke to penetrate the chicken more deeply.

Final Thought

In conclusion, smoked chicken tenders can be a healthy and convenient meal to make. They require no mess or extra time on your part as the smoker does all of the work. For an extra flavorful meal, you can customize your rubs, sauces, and marinades to make the most out of this delicious protein source.

So, with this detailed guide and the help of your smoker, why not give smoked chicken tenders a try? You’re sure to find that this dish is both tasty and easy to make!

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Tom Valenti

Chef/Owner of both Ouest and ‘Cesca, and the Executive Chef of Le Cirque, Alison on Dominick, and Butterfield 81.

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