Tex-Mex Chicken Quesadilla with Black Olives
In our continued expansion of our Tex-Mex category I introduce something we haven’t made in this section yet the all important Quesadilla. Now I say important because this is a magical treat that can have so many variation I could probably do a whole site just devoted to Quesadilla but I feel it is better to give more verity. Now I call these magical for one big reason they are equally at home as an appetizer before the main meal or as the main meal itself depending on the size of the portion and the size tortillas you use. I mean you could use a 6 inch tortillas and it would be a snack or appetizer our use 10 or 12 inch tortillas and it is a full blown meal.
Another thing you can serve plenty of things to go with them they are great with guacamole, salsa of many kinds depending on your filling, and sour cream is really good depending on how hot the filling is this is a nice refreshing and cooling contrast to a really spicy Quesadilla.
Another thing so magical about these is they can be filled with anything. I mean you can make simple cheese Quesadilla or fill them with loads of different things and the combinations are all most endless I mean chicken goes well with things like bacon, onions, (sautéed or not) green apples, cranberries and pumpkin not necessarily at once. You can vary the cheese and even use nontraditional Mexican cheeses like say green apples, chicken and gorgonzola cheese would be a powerful combo. Ok not true Mexican but that is what we are discovering the vehicle is the Quesadilla what goes in them is all personal preferences and if you like it that is all that is important.
You could even make dessert Quesadillas with say different fruit fillings and different kind of nuts with or without cheese even maybe use cream cheese so it would almost be like a cheesecake Quesadilla. Mhh I am making myself hungry and just getting a rush of different ideas just writing this intro. I think what I am trying to tell you is think of foods you love together especial if cheese is one and you have the start of a great Quesadilla idea. The only right or wrong thing is do you like them and also nothing saying everyone in the family has to have the same combo you can custom tailor them to each family members own likes and dislikes.
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless skinless grilled
- 8 10 inch flour tortillas
- 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 1 avocado, skinned and cubed
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup black olives, sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- Olive oil as needed
- 1 teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Oil the grill grates prior to lighting.
- Preheat the grill to high.
- Place the chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap or fold one piece over the chicken breast and using your favorite flattening tool flatten the chicken until it is about half an inch thick.
- Place on a plate and sprinkle with all the seasonings including salt and pepper.
- Place on the grill and cook for about three minutes per side or until the juices run clear.
- Allow to rest for five minutes before slicing and then cubing the chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Place a tortilla on a diner plate and start the assembly.
- Place a layer of pepper jack cheese on the bottom of half the tortilla.
- Next top with the chicken followed by the cubed avocado these should be very small cubes.
- Sprinkle with bell pepper, olives, and cilantro and finally a little more cheese on top and fold the other half of the tortilla over the half you just filled.
- Preheat a frying pan to a medium high heat and add a splash of olive oil and with two spatulas carefully lower the folded Quesadilla into the hot oil.
- Cook for a few minutes on each side until lightly golden brown and cheese is melted. You can flip it carefully by pressing down on it first to cause the Quesadilla to stick together and then gently flip it with two spatulas it takes a bit of practice so don't feel too bad if it is clumsy at first.
- Transfer to a plate and cut in half and then half again so you end up with quarters.
- Serve with salsa and sour cream (optional).
This Quesadilla taste as good as it looks and with only a few items to assemble them it is a quick and easy meal or could just be an appetizer course if you tailor your tortilla size. You could even cook up the grilled chicken on the weekend when grilling something else and make these as a week night meal and it would be a real super fast to go from fridge to dinner table kind of meal. I love meals like this as a time saver during the week when everyone is running in different directions I can get dinner on the table and hardly build up a sweat.
Santa Fe QM2R 900-Watt Quesadilla Maker
Ok I know purest out there are going to tell me this is cheating and I don’t use one myself I have mastered quesadilla flipping but not everyone is that patient to wait for the learning curve. There is nothing wrong with using modern devices to make life easier so that you can get easier results and get the food to the table so no shame in using things to simplify life. If we didn’t the microwave would still be a novelty rather than something every kitchen just has. This will allow you to make your quesadilla making a breeze. Some have issues with the ability to clean but I laterally looked at every available maker and this seemed to have the best overall reviews. If you can master flipping them a skillet is still best but if you’re having trouble this may be the way to go.
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