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Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Ginger-Maple Sauce

Photo: Karry Hosford
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and 2 tablespoons sauce)
If you're craving meat but want something light that's loaded with flavor, this will definitely hit the spot. The maple syrup and spice blend offer sweetness with a kick. It's so easy, anyone can make this dish and look like a star.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons bottled ground fresh ginger
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Nutrition Information

  • calories 263
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 8.2 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 25 g
  • carbohydrate 21.7 g
  • fiber 1.1 g
  • cholesterol 78 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 663 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; rub pork with spice mixture. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; add pork. Cook 6 minutes; brown on all sides. Place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 155°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

  4. While pork bakes, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, and cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Add ginger, and cook 4 minutes. Stir in broth and syrup, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring broth mixture to a boil; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 10 minutes). Cut pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices; serve with sauce.