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Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

From: EatingWell

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.

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 35 mins
Total: 35 mins
Rated : 
 by 2 people
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)
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.
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
Calories 152, Total Fat 4 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 67 mg, Sodium 290 mg, Carbohydrate 3 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 27 g, Potassium 105 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 15%. Exchanges: Lean Meat 3.5,Fat 0.5
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Comments (2)
banker73 wrote:

It said to "serve" with quinoa. You make it as a side dish...LOL

1/24/2013 08:00:56 PM Report Abuse
jannajanes wrote:

This was in an article called 13 easy quinoa recipes...where is the quinoa in this recipe?????

8/1/2011 12:53:00 AM Report Abuse

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