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A Speedy Dinner: Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Are you looking for an easy and flavorful dinner? Look no further than this recipe for grilled chicken tenders topped with a delicious cilantro pesto! Ready in just 35 minutes, this protein-packed meal is sure to become a weeknight staple.

How to Make It
Step 1: In a shallow dish, whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, oil, and chili powder. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Let marinate for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Meanwhile, make the pesto: In a food processor or blender, combine cilantro, scallions, sesame seeds, and 1 tablespoon water; season with salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.
Step 3: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through and lightly charred in spots, about 4 minutes per side depending on thickness of the tenders (internal temperature should reach 165°F). Serve chicken with pesto spooned overtop.
Step 4: Serve with quinoa and grilled asparagus for a complete meal!

This grilled chicken tender recipe is the perfect mix of savory flavors that comes together quickly on busy weeknights! The combination of the cilantro pesto and the chili powder-marinated chicken is sure to tantalize your taste buds while filling your kitchen with a delicious aroma that will have everyone gathered around the table in no time at all! Enjoy this speedy dinner tonight!


  • 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,