Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Number of Servings: 4 (174 G)
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro makes an excellent alternative to basil in forming a pesto that works well with Asian flavors like sesame and soy sauce. Serve this chicken over brown rice with your favorite grilled veggies.


  • Marinated Chicken:

    • ¼ cup lime juice
    • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
    • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
    • 1 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 lb. chicken tenders


    • 2 cups packed fresh cilantro
    • 2 scallions, sliced
    • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds


  1. Whisk together marinade ingredients. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the marinade. Toss chicken with remaining marinade and place in the refrigerator (1-12 hours).
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. While grill heats, place pesto ingredients and the reserved marinade in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard. Grill chicken until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165ºF. Serve with the cilantro-sesame pesto.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

Serving Size 174G

Amount per serving
Calories 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.5g 21%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.5g
Cholesterol 73mg 25%
Sodium 670mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin D 0.5mcg 0%
Calcium 79.8mg 6%
Iron 2.2mg 10%
Potassium 435mg 10%
Vitamin A 70.5mcg 8%
Vitamin C 9.1mcg 10%
Vitamin E 1.5mg 15%
Vitamin K 54mcg 45%
Thiamin 0.1mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 15%
Niacin 16.7mg 110%
Vitamin B6 0.7mg 40%
Folate 30.6mcg 8%
Vitamin B12 0.4mcg 15%
Biotin 0.9mcg 4%
Chloride 0.5mg 0%
Pantothenate 1.1mg 20%
Phosphorus 264.8mg 20%
Iodine 0.3mcg 0%
Magnesium 62mg 15%
Zinc 1.5mg 20%
Selenium 20.8mcg 40%
Copper 0.3mg 35%
Manganese 0.4mg 15%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 1.3mcg 2%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Chicken, Low Sodium Soy Sauce (water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate: Less Than 1/10th Of 1% As A Preservative), Lime Juice, Scallions, Cilantro, Sesame Seeds, Canola Oil, Chili Powder.

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