Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto - 1 Guiding Stars
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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.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 220; Total Fat 9g (12% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 83mg (28% DV); Sodium 510mg (22% DV); Total Carbohydrate 6g (2% DV); Dietary Fiber 1.5g (4% DV); Total Sugars 2g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 28g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 6% DV; Iron 10% DV; Potassium 20% DV; Niacin 110% DV; Vitamin B6 60% DV; Selenium 50% DV.
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