Chicken tenders are a secret favorite of professional chefs, who fry them in great batches for their restaurant family meals. And in this recipe, French chef Jacques Pépin allows the strips of white meat to star, with a bit of char and a crisp-crunchy condiment.
You can tell the difference between a natural chicken tender and a similarly sized cut of chicken breast by its shape, which is flattish, oblong and tapered.
Serve with warm flatbread.
Grilled chicken tenders with chimichurri
16 chicken tenderloins (not breaded) (a scant 11/2 pounds total)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
3 or 4 scallions
2 cloves garlic
4 or 5 red radishes
Leaves from 2 or 3 stems cilantro
1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Toss the chicken tenders in a mixing bowl with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and a tablespoon of the oil.
Place a heatproof ceramic serving platter in the oven; preheat to 140 degrees. (If your oven goes only as low as 170, make sure your platter can handle the heat.) Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat.
Working in batches as needed, add the chicken tenders to the skillet and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes or until char marks form, then turn them over and cook for about a minute on the second side. Transfer to the platter to keep the chicken warm.
As you prep the following ingredients, transfer them to a medium bowl: Discard the root ends of the scallions, then finely chop what’s left (to taste). Mince the garlic. Cut the radishes (to taste) into thin rounds, then cut the rounds into half-moons or into very thin slices (julienne). Coarsely chop the cilantro (to taste). Cut the lime in half and squeeze to yield 2 tablespoons of juice.
Add the dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the remaining 1/3 cup of oil to the bowl; stir to form the chimichurri sauce.
Remove the platter from the oven; spoon the sauce over the chicken. Serve warm.
Nutrition per serving: 390 calories, 36 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 26 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 115 mg cholesterol, 360 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber, 0 g sugar