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Lime Cilantro Chicken Tenders

Lime Cilantro Chicken Tenders

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The marinade in this Lime Cilantro Chicken Tenders is what really makes it special — just an hour or two of soaking in citrus and spice really imparts a multi-faceted flavor that makes the taste buds tingle.

And don’t skip the lime zest! If you’ve never used zest in a recipe, it creates an entirely different experience than just using the juices of the fruit. Lime zest carries several different flavors with it, including something that is reminiscent of vanilla.

What to serve with cilantro lime chicken?

These lime cilantro chicken tenders make a delicious entree! Don’t forget to serve with some delicious sides too! Here’s some delicious dishes to go with it!

How many calories in lime cilantro chicken?

For this Lime Cilantro Chicken Tenders recipe, each serving is about 395 calories. One serving is about a quarter pound of chicken tenders.

How to make Cilantro Lime Chicken?

Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast tenderloins

Directions

  1. Combine first 9 ingredients through cumin in a small bowl and stir to combine.
Cilantro Lime Chili Chicken Tenders
  1. Add chicken breast tenders to a gallon Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Close the bag and massage to make sure that the chicken is thoroughly coated. Place the bag into the refrigerator and rotate every half hour or so. Allow chicken to marinate for 1 ½ to 2 hours, but no longer — the citrus will start to break down the chicken flesh and create an undesirable texture after 2 hours.
Cilantro Lime Chili Chicken Tenders
  1. Preheat a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the bag and add to the grill pan, season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until the flesh is nicely browned.
Cilantro Lime Chili Chicken Tenders
  1. Serve with extra chopped cilantro as a garnish and your favorite side. I served mine with asparagus prepared in my favorite way — steamed with salt and pepper and drizzled with fresh lime juice just before serving.
Cilantro Lime Chili Chicken Tenders

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Lime Cilantro Chicken Tenders

Lime Cilantro Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast tenderloins

Instructions

Combine first 9 ingredients through cumin in a small bowl and stir to combine.

Add chicken breast tenders to a gallon Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the chicken.

Close the bag and massage to make sure that the chicken is thoroughly coated. Place the bag into the refrigerator and rotate every half hour or so.

Allow chicken to marinate for 1 ½ to 2 hours, but no longer — the citrus will start to break down the chicken flesh and create an undesirable texture after 2 hours.

Preheat a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat.

Remove the chicken from the bag and add to the grill pan, season with salt and pepper.

Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until the flesh is nicely browned.

Serve with extra chopped cilantro as a garnish and your favorite side.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/4 lb of chicken tenders
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 36g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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Donny

Monday 5th of July 2021

Love the marinade! Since I don't like cilantro I'll try it with mint or basil. Thanks!

Megan Stevens

Thursday 1st of July 2021

Love the spices and citrus on these! :) Yummy with asparagus for the side dish, thank you!

Stacey Crawford

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Such a simple but flavorful recipe. Perfect for grilling!

Jean Choi

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

The marinade has SO much flavor! Such a great recipe.

Alyssa

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

These sound incredible! Perfect for a 4th of July BBQ!

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