Friday, October 15, 2010

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

There are just some days that I don't have a lot of time to make dinner and I like to have fast recipes on hand.  This is one that we enjoy and it's even faster when you use canned chicken (I use the Costco brand).  If you're like my husband and you prefer what I scientifically call a "more chickeny" flavor, try using chicken thighs.  I found the recipe here.

1 T. chili powder
2 T. fresh cilantro, minced
1 T. olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
1 t. salt
1 t. cumin
½ t. red pepper flakes (opt.--my kids find it too hot to use any)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves
Half a yellow onion, roughly chopped
Half red pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
Corn tortillas (6-7 inches)
Cooking spray
Shredded cheese (pepper jack, cheddar, etc.)

1.  Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium high heat.  Combine the chili powder, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt, cumin and red pepper flakes in a pie plate; whisk to combine.  Add the chicken breast halves and turn to coat.  Cook the chicken until browned on both sides and juices run clear.  Remove from the heat and shred the chicken into small pieces.  Add the onion to the pan and cook until tender and golden, about 5 minutes. (Like I said above you can also use canned, pre-cooked chicken instead.  If you do, mix the chicken with the seasonings, and saute the onions and peppers separately).

2.  Combine the shredded chicken, cooked onion, pepper and diced tomatoes in a mixing bowl; toss to combine.  Lightly brush or spray one side of a tortilla with vegetable oil, and flip the tortilla over on a work surface so the oiled side is facing down.  Place about a quarter of the chicken mixture onto one half of the tortilla, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Fold over the tortilla to sandwich the filling inside.  Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling mixture.

3.  Cook the assembled quesadillas over medium-high heat in a lightly oiled grill pan or skillet until browned on the outside and warmed through with the cheese melted on the inside.  Slice into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa, (preferably this fresh salsa).
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