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Recipe: Fajita Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas


This recipe for Fajita Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas combines some of the flavors of Fajitas (my all time favorite Mexican food) and a Cheese Quesadilla (another favorite of mine).

I take 2 chicken breasts and let them soak in a “Fajita marinade”… it’s not a real “marinade” since it doesn’t have a an acidic ingredient… but piercing the chicken a bit allows the flavor to permeate into the meat. I then grill it… and it’s the main ingredient into these terrific Quesadillas.

You can use a pre-packaged Fajita mix or use my recipe for Fajita Seasoning…
I also make up a separate batch of Fajita seasoning sauce to drizzle in the Quesadilla… don’t use any of the leftover sauce you that you used on the raw chicken… it’s not safe to do that.

I used Pepper Jack cheese on these… but you can use Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese. I sprinkled some chopped tomato, chopped red and green peppers and green onion in these… you can leave them out and it would be delicious also.

Serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

These are terrific… I hope you enjoy them!






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Recipe: Fajita Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas

All you need:

Boneless chicken breasts
Fajita seasoning
Pepper Jack, Cheddar, or Monterey jack cheese (shredded or thin sliced)
7-inch flour tortillas
Chopped green pepper (optional)
Chopped red pepper (optional)
Chopped green onion (optional)
Sour Cream
Guacamole
Salsa

All you need to do:

Mix up two batches of fajita seasoning and mix each in ¾ cup water.

Place one of the mixtures in a shallow dish and allow the chicken breasts to soak for about 1 hour.

Spray a sauce pan with cooking oil spray.

Remove the chicken and place in a hot sauce pan over medium heat to cook.

When one side is brown, flip to brown the other side.

When both sides have browned to a golden brown… add about ¼ cup of fresh fajita seasoning (from batch 2 you made earlier)… cook until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to handle.

Then slice the chicken and set aside.

You can make these in a Quesadilla maker … if you don’t have one… follow these instructions..

Spray a grill pan with cooking oil and heat it over medium heat.

Place a tortilla on the grill pan and lay thin sliced cheese or sprinkle with the cheese.

Layer some of the chicken on top…. drizzle some of the Fajita Seasoning liquid on the chicken.

Layer any other of the optional ingredients you want.

Lay thin sliced cheese or sprinkle with the cheese and place a tortilla on top.

When the bottom layer of cheese has melted and the bottom tortilla is lightly browned.. flip the quesadilla (see my Tip of the Day for pointers on flipping tortillas).

Cook until the bottom is lightly browned… and slide onto a cutting board… using a pizza cutter, cut the Quesadilla into wedges.

Serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

5 comments:

sherri May 5, 2009 at 5:09 PM  

Looks wonderful and I love how you created the collage with the dishes.

Linda May 5, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

Thanks! I appreciate your compliment. hope you have a great Cinco de Mayo

Donna-FFW May 5, 2009 at 11:37 PM  

Sounds like it was the perfect cinco de mayo dish, and your photos are fantastic, love the collage effect!

Jo May 6, 2009 at 8:39 PM  

Hubby and I had these for dinner tonight and they were amazingly delicious! We'll definitely be having them again!

Linda May 6, 2009 at 8:43 PM  

Glad you enjoyed them!

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