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Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

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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.


  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, reduced-sodium
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves, loosely packed fresh , 1-2 bunches
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted


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.

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