Monday, April 16, 2012

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto Recipe

One of the picnic food that you have to defend from the Picnic Raiders!

Here is a recipe from Ace Fitness. Yummy and healthy Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto.
Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto


Prep Time
35 min.
Total Time
35 min.
Nutrition Profile: Diabetes Appropriate   Gluten Free Diet   Healthy Weight   Heart Healthy  Low Calorie   Low Carb   Low Sat Fat   Low Sodium  


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)
scallions, sliced
2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, (see Ingredient Note)


Step 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.
Step 2 
Preheat grill to medium-high.
Step 3 
Meanwhile, place cilantro, scallions, sesame seeds and the reserved marinade in a food processor and process until fairly smooth.
Step 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.

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