With springtime entertaining right around the corner, I have a simple 50-minute Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders recipe, good enough for company!

Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders

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I love our home and inviting people in for a meal. Seriously, the way to anyone’s heart is through his (her) stomach! Even if you feel you’re a horrible cook, just the invitation alone means a lot to people! I always remind friends that “take-out” is a fun option, too! There are so many great restaurants and markets to buy food, and bring it home to enjoy in your own home!

This past weekend my husband and I visited Seattle with our daughter, and we couldn’t have picked a more gorgeous weekend to check out colleges in the area.

Pike Place Market.

Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders

We walked through Pike Place several times, and these beautiful berries kept catching my eye!

It’s hard to believe that strawberry season is already here, and our youngest child is heading off to college (sniff-sniff)–it all happens so quickly!

Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders

Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders.

Today I’ve combined fresh strawberries, goat cheese, basil, balsamic vinegar and chicken tenders for another simple 50-minute meal. I’ve always been in love with this combination of ingredients–on bruschetta, in a salad, in a wrap, you name it!

In honor of fresh strawberries in 2015, enjoy this recipe today! (More about our Seattle trip to come!)

What’s your favorite way to use fresh strawberries with chicken?

Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders

Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders
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Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders

Marinated in balsamic vinegar, 20 minutes is all you need to infuse the chicken tenders with the right amount of lightly sweet tartness that compliments the ripe berries, basil, and goat cheese (or substitute feta or blue cheese).
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 2-3 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar + 2 Tbsp., I use DeLallo Brand
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cusp fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the chicken and vinegar in a Ziploc bag; turn to coat. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from vinegar marinade, place on a sprayed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes; turn the pieces over and bake another 10 minutes, or until done.
  • Mix together the strawberries and basil. Gently mix in the goat cheese. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar. Serve bruschetta on top of the chicken tenders.
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More strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Blue Cheese Bruschetta

Gluten-Free Roasted Strawberry Crostini

Strawberries with Greek Yogurt and Coconut Sugar

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Bruschetta

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits

The beautiful red flatware in the top photo is from Q Squared NYC. Check it out!

Strawberry Basil Chicken Tenders