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Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

May/June 2008

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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.



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"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...
Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 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, (see Ingredient Note)

Preparation

  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 (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 & Notes

  • 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.)

Nutrition

Per serving: 168 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 1 g fiber; 299 mg sodium; 294 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (15% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 3 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Chicken
Preparation/ Technique
Grill/BBQ
Meal/Course
Dinner

Publication
May/June 2008

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