Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Serving Size: Serving Size not available for this recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Servings: 4

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Cook chicken tenders quickly on the grill and top with pesto made with cilantro and sesame seeds for a zesty, speedy dinner. Serve with: Quinoa and grilled asparagus.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves (1-2 bunches)
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Whisk lime juice, soy sauce, oil and chili powder in a large bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade in a small bowl. Add chicken to the remaining marinade; toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. Meanwhile, place cilantro, scallions, sesame seeds and the reserved marinade in a food processor and process until fairly smooth.
  4. Oil the grill rack. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard marinade) and grill until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, about 2 minutes per side. Serve the chicken with the cilantro-sesame pesto.

Tips

Ingredient Tips:

  • Sesame seeds can be purchased already toasted. If you can’t find them, toast your own in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled “gluten-free,” as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

How To:

  • Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition

Per serving

168 Calories, Total Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 63 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Total Sugars: 0 g, Added Sugars: 0 g, Protein: 24 g, Sodium: 299 mg, Potassium: 294 mg, Folate: 18 mcg, Calcium: 30 mg

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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