Dec 18
2013

Chicken Tenders with Cherry Ginger Glaze Recipe

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Whip up this quick and healthy chicken tenders recipe in minutes. The cherry ginger glaze makes “easy” seem “fancy”.
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Visions of sugarplums are dancing in our heads…but dinner still needs to be on the table so that the kids don’t dive face first into the Christmas cookies while we are lying on the couch, recovering from our last trip to the mall.

This healthy chicken dinner is a life-saver when you’re making your to-do list and checking it twice. It may look fancy, but it really couldn’t be easier. The glaze is made from cherry preserves and orange juice, and combined with a mixture of golden onions and fresh ginger.

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This has been a busy week (I’m sure all of you can relate). My husband made multiple batches of his great-grandmother’s spritz cookies, with help from our two kitchen elves.

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Serious business!

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The sprinkle brigade

To make up for all of the treats that come through our door at this time of year, I’m trying to make up with plenty of water, veggies and fruit (we eat mandarin oranges by the bagful). And working in morning runs helps me to maintain a slice of my sanity.

This healthy dinner, as well as some of our favorites such as Light Turkey (or Chicken) & Corn Chowder and Hearty Chicken Sausage, Roasted Pepper & Orzo Soup make regular appearances when we’re trying to balance out the sugar.

The recipe:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cherry preserves and orange juice.

Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper.

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Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat.

Cook the chicken tenders until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

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Heat 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in the same pan, set over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until tender and just turning brown, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and cook for 1 minute.

Stir the cherry preserve mixture into the onions and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.

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Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Serve.

Other healthy chicken recipes:

Healthy Chicken Recipes | cookincanuck.com #recipe #chicken
Cookin’ Canuck’s Chicken Hoisin Rice Bowl
Cookin’ Canuck’s Light Turkey (or Chicken) & Corn Chowder
Prevention RD’s Crock Pot Meyer Lemon Chicken
The Realistic Nutritionist Balsamic Chicken with Honey Roasted Tomatoes
Eat Good 4 Life’s Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Chicken Tenders with Cherry Ginger Glaze Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 2 tenders + 3 tbsp onion sauce

Calories per serving: 222 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 3.6g / Sat. Fat 0.3g

Chicken Tenders with Cherry Ginger Glaze Recipe

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/4 lb. chicken tender (about 8)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cherry preserves and orange juice.
  2. Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook the chicken tenders until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  5. Heat 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in the same pan, set over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until tender and just turning brown, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Stir the cherry preserve mixture into the onions and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
  7. Return the chicken to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Serve.

Notes

Calories 222.5 / Total Fat 3.6g / Saturated Fat 0.3g / Cholesterol 81.3mg / Sodium 347.2mg / Total Carbohydrates 16.5g / Fiber 0.4g / Sugars 15.5g / Protein 31.6g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 6

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1 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness December 18, 2013 at 5:50 am

Man, I love spritz cookies! So fun to see your fam gettin’ in on the action :)
I am also totally loving this easy meal! Cherry ginger glaze sounds perfect for this time of year and, if it’s healthy, I am alllll over that! Pinned!

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2 Carrian December 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

Delicious! These look absolutely amazing! I will have to try it out!

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3 Barb December 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

These sound SO good! It’s definitely going on my shopping list this week! Sharing with the Girlfriends, too!

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4 Liz December 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

Nice recipe. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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5 Erika {In Erika's Kitchen} December 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I never think to buy chicken tenders – what a great idea! I love using jam or preserves in sauce for chicken.

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6 Nutmeg Nanny December 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

That glaze sounds fantastic :) I can’t wait to get a taste of it!

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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I love these tenders for a quick and delicious weeknight meal!

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8 Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living December 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Love how your whole family is helping to bake for the holidays! This quick and easy recipe is definitely something I could make these busy days right before the holidays!

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9 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

What a yummy, easy weeknight meal with great sweet-salty flavors! Love it, Dara!

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