A recent visit to Arizona inspired this Healthy Southwest Style Chicken. A quick and easy marinade, where the star ingredients is prickly pear marmalade, comes together in 5 minutes. After 30 minutes in the fridge and 15 minutes in the air fryer these juicy tenderloins are ready for your table!
Pair these with some black-bean-and-mango-salsa and sliced avocados for a true and healthy Southwestern experience.
Prickly Pear Marmalade
The marinade is made of just a few ingredients, the main one being Prickly-Pear-Marmalade. Prickly Pear is a vibrant pink fruit that grows on a shrub sized cactus. It's candy sweet taste is perfect for cocktails, jams and jellies. Visit the Southwest when the fruit is in season and you'll find all sorts of gastronomic delights prepared with it.
These are as delightful to look at as they are to eat ! Add to that the fact that the fruit is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, potassium and anti-inflammatory properties and you have all the more reason to eat it.
Southwestern cuisine is a fusion of Colonial Spanish, Aztecan and Native American culture. The recipes incorporate ingredients such as corn, squash, lime, avocado, beans, sweet peppers and chilies.
The chilies used can vary from sweet to hot and from raw to smoky. In this recipe I opted for Chipotle and Chile-Guajillo for a mild and smoky flavor to help balance the sweet marmalade.
A little bit of white wine vinegar along with some chili lime salt added a little acidity and helped fuse the sweet and smoky flavors to create a delightful blend.
Cooking The Tenderloins
Time to cook the Healthy Southwest Style Chicken tenderloins! My preferred method of cooking is the air fryer. You can't find an easier, healthier or quicker way of cooking your meats and vegetables. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet then now is a perfect time to do so! Hit those black friday sales and add this to your holiday shopping list!
Of course I won't deprive you of this delicious meal even if you don't have an air fryer. You can prep it in the oven or in a grill pan as well. It will just take a bit longer. Check out all three cooking methods in the recipe card below.
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Healthy Southwest Style Chicken
- 1 lb chicken tenderloins
- ⅓ cup prickly pear marmalade (SEE NOTES)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chili lime salt (SEE NOTES)
- 1 tsp chipotle chili
- 1 tsp guajillo chilli (SEE NOTES)
- ⅛ cup white wine vinegar
- ⅛ cup avocado oil (SEE NOTE)
Air Fryer Method
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees
- Place the tenderloins in the air fryer tray and cook for 10-15 minutes till they reach an internal temperature of 165° (SEE NOTES)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Place the tenderloins in an oven safe dish or sheet pan and cook for about 20-30 minutes (SEE NOTES)
- Cook till they reach an internal temperature of 165°
Grill Pan Method
- Preheat your grill pan on your stove for 5 minutes
- Place the tenderloins on the pan and cook for a minimum of 5 minutes before flipping them (SEE NOTES)
- Flip to the other side and cook for another 5 minutes
- The tenderloins will be done in about 10-15 minutes, when the internal temperature is 165°. (SEE NOTES)