Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

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.

From EatingWell: May/June 2008
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 1/4 cup lime juice
  2. 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  3. 1 tablespoon canola oil
  4. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  5. 1 pound chicken tenders
  6. 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, (1-2 bunches)
  7. 2 scallions, sliced
  8. 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

Nutrition

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

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

0 Carbohydrate Serving

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