Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Makes: 4 servings
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.

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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.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • Amount Per serving
  • Calories 168
  • % Daily values *
  • 9% Total Fat 6g
    • 5% Saturated Fat 1g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 3g
  • 21% Cholesterol 63mg
  • 8% Potassium 294mg
  • 12% Sodium 299mg
  • 1% Total Carbohydrate 3g
    • 4% Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Sugars 0g
  • 48% Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate Equals 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Equals 25g 30g

Recipe by EatingWell.com

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