CHILI-RUBBED TURKEY TENDERS WITH GRILLED LIMES
Note: A turkey tender is a piece of meat attached to each breast. It is similar in size to a pork tenderloin and, like a pork tenderloin, tapers slightly at the ends. When cutting a turkey tender into slices, simply tuck these flaps under the slices. Turkey tenders are reasonably priced and are available in most supermarkets, often packaged (such as Honeysuckle brand). They are also available at Whole Foods.
• 2 turkey tenders, each about 3/4 pound (see Note)
• 8 thin bacon slices
• 11/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
• 11/2 tsp. cumin
• 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
• Olive oil for oiling grill
• 2 limes, halved crosswise
• 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro plus cilantro sprigs for garnish, optional
Place turkey tenders on a work surface and cut each crosswise into 4 slices about 13/4 inches thick. End slices will taper off into a thin flap. Just tuck this flap underneath. Wrap a bacon slice around sides of each turkey "tenderloin" so that it overlaps slightly. You can skewer each with a toothpick, if you like, but it's not necessary.
In a small bowl, mix together chipotle chili powder, cumin and salt. Rub both sides of each turkey tenderloin generously with some of this mixture. (Turkey can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
When ready to cook, arrange a rack at center position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then prepare grill. Oil a grill rack and arrange it 4 to 5 inches from heat source. Prepare grill for a hot fire (high temperature). Grill turkey tenderloins until nicely browned on both sides, 3 minutes or longer per side.
Then remove to a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake until juices run clear when turkey is pierced with a knife and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 to 170 degrees, about 30 minutes.
While turkey is in the oven, place limes, cut sides down, on the grill. Cook until lightly charred, about 5 minutes.
Serve 2 tenderloins per person and garnish each serving with a grilled lime half. If desired, sprinkle turkey tenderloins with cilantro and garnish with a cilantro sprig. Squeeze lime juice over turkey.
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 270 Fat 8 g Sodium 660 mg
Carbohydrates 5 g Saturated fat 2 g Calcium 42 mg
Protein 44 g Cholesterol 130 mg Dietary fiber 1 g
Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1/2 fruit, 6 lean meat.