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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Meanwhile, place cilantro, scallions, sesame seeds and the reserved marinade in a food processor and process until fairly smooth.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). 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 Note: Sesame seeds can be purchased already toasted. Look for them near other Asian ingredients. Or toast your own in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Tip: To oil the grill rack, 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.

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.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; 6.2 g total fat; 1.1 g saturated fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 303 mg sodium. 293 mg potassium; 3.2 g carbohydrates; 1.3 g fiber; 24.3 g protein; 724 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mg vitamin c; 17 mcg folate; 30 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 42 mg magnesium;

Reviews (18)

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2013
Husband Approved My husband loved this recipe and so did I! It was so easy to make with just a few ingredients. I used chicken breast chunks instead of tenders. The cilantro pesto really is refreshing but better than regular pesto! It's not oily. I used spaghetti instead of quinoa. Either way OMG! I am making this again tonight but using shrimp. Can't wait to go home and make it! Pros: Tasty tangy fast delicious genious Cons: None Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2013
Whoa! Yeah there's definitely lime in it! Great mingling of flavors mean no extra salt is needed. It is however a bit too sour from the rather large amount of lime juice. I tried adding some dark brown sugar (I'd say about 1Tbsp to the pesto) to it and that did the trick - much more palatable for those with an issue with bitter and sour things. Also thinly sliced a chicken breast before adding it into the marinade and cooked in a skillet stir-fry style helped ensure every bite of chicken was well flavored. It was also a great way to cook on a rainy day when you can't get out to the grill. Tossed some boiled gluten free spaghetti noodles with 1/2 of the pesto as a bed for the chicken and then topped it with the remaining pesto. Pros: flavors mingle well Cons: sour lime is overpowering Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2013
Fantastic recipe but be sure to use gluten free soy sauce! My family loved this recipe! I loved that the chicken only had to marinate for 20 minutes.:) I used olive oil instead of canola and I put the pesto ingredients in my Nutri Bullet instead of a food processor. It turned out perfectly blended and I didn't have to worry about removing all the stems from the cilantro that way. Just remember that regular soy sauce contains wheat so if you are gluten or wheat sensitive be sure to get gluten free soy sauce. Pros: Simple quick Cons: Make sure you use gluten free soy sauce if you are sensitive to gluten or wheat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2013
I made this last night. I really loved the flavor. The pesto was so good I love cilantro! I served this over polenta. After putting the chicken on the grill I boiled the left over marinade and then fried the polenta in the marinade. It married the polenta and the chicken and pesto perfectly. My husband (who doesn't have to eat gluten free) also loved it!!!! I also added garlice to the marinade an pesto. I will definitely make this again!!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2012
Most soy sauces contain gluten If you are making this for someone who has a reaction to gluten make sure your soy sauce does not contain wheat. It is the first ingredient in most soy sauces. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2012
Tasty and easy! I served this a few nights ago to my family and we all loved it. Part of the reason I chose it was that it had a cilantro pesto rather than basil such a nice fresh change of flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2012
Delicious I love the Asian flavors and was so easy and healthy too. I didn't change a thing was delicious just as it was. Pros: quick and nutritious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Simple and delicious. Minimal ingredients for a quick week night meal or a informal dinner party. I wouldn't change a thing except for making more pesto! Hilary Silverthorne CO Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My very picky daughter who can't boil water fixed this with me last night and it was a hit!! We will fix this again and again. I did tweek as I always do by changing to sesame oil and adding garlic (everything should have garlic) but she is adding this to her "I can cook this" list. Beats Ramen at college!! Thanks!! Lois Leander TX Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very good. The cilantro pesto almost tasted like a Japanese seaweed salad. We used tamari and kept the cilantro stems. Jodie Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I used tamari instead of low-sodium soy sauce and had to add more lime juice to overcome the saltiness. Also removing the stems from the cilantro was time-consuming; next time I wouldn't be so compulsive about it. John E Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
WOW!! This was Yummy Goodness!! My hubby and I made this two days in a row. Since it was low in cal & fat we made tacos out of it with corn tortillas and a touch of sour cream added some sauteed peppers!! Our new favorite dinner!! Danielle Everett WA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Ok maybe I did this wrong but I thought the pesto was awful. This is the first time I have ever cooked with scallions and apparently I don't like them. You do the math - 2 scallions with 2 cups of cilantro leaves. All I could taste was the scallion - which is no better than an onion if you ask me. Maybe if you caramelize the scallion and only use1. I LOVE cilantro and I couldn't even taste it. I will be tossing all of the pesto I made. Very sad. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
ladybug - it sounds like you used shallots not scallions. scallions are green onions and the ratio of 2 scallions to 2 cups of cilantro sounds about right to me. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
YUM. This is a perfect quick nutritious dinner. The chicken was delicious and the pesto was divine! I overprocessed mine a bit so it took on a consistency not unlike hari chutney but it was still very very tasty. We sliced our chicken into strips and ate it as a wrap on multigrain tortillas. Looking forward to having leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
The marinated chicken was okay but especially LOVED the pesto. I ate it by itself when the chicken was gone. Did add a bit of grapeseed oil to the pesto when I prepared it. Other than that followed the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Made this for guests last night- it was easy and delicious! Tweaked a little by adding garlic. We loved the blend of flavors it was sort of an asian taste. I will definately make this again- definately loved the chicken but next time I may try it over grilled shrimp or fish. Kristin New Jersey Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Disappointed with recipe ingredients I was disappointed when I pulled up the recipe and there was no basil in it. I was under the impression that the term "pesto" referred to something prepared with basil. So after looking at the ingredients decided this dish was not what I was expecting to fix for dinner tonight. Read More