Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

Ingredients:

For the chicken filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the quesadillas:

  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (Monterey Jack, cheddar, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

Optional additions:

  • Sliced black olives
  • Chopped jalapenos (for spice)
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream

Instructions:

Cook the chicken:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken and spice mixture (chili powder through black pepper) and cook until the chicken is cooked through and slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Sauté the vegetables (optional):

  • In the same skillet, add the chopped bell pepper and onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.

Assemble the quesadillas:

  • Heat a clean skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • Lay out a tortilla. Sprinkle a generous layer of cheese on one half of the tortilla.
  • Add cooked chicken, sautéed vegetables (if using), and any optional additions over the cheese.
  • Top with another layer of cheese.
  • Fold the tortilla in half to create a half-moon shape.

Cook the quesadillas:

  • Place the quesadilla on the heated skillet or griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the tortilla is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and fillings.

Slice and serve:

  • Slice each quesadilla into wedges.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite toppings like salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and chopped cilantro.

Tips:

  • Get creative with the fillings: You can add other fillings like corn, beans, or even different types of cheese. Get creative!
  • Use a cast-iron skillet: Cast-iron cookware conducts heat well, making it ideal for getting a crispy tortilla.
  • Don’t overfill: Overfilling will make it difficult to fold the quesadillas, and the filling might leak out.
  • Serve with a variety of sides: Quesadillas are delicious on their own but go great with rice, beans, guacamole, or a simple salad.

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