Thursday, August 18, 2011

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

I am a firm believer that food cooked on a grill just tastes better. From asparagus to potatoes, bread to burgers, a grill imparts remarkable flavor and really ups the YUM factor! Chicken quesadillas are no exception. Assemble inside, wrap in foil, and grill for 10 minutes and you have a gooey, cheesy, flavorful feast! Make sure and grill a basket of veggies on the side- I love onions, peppers and broccoli doused in lime juice and hot sauce!

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
A delicious Mexican meal!
Serves 2

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise
Juice of 1 lime
2 T canola or vegetable oil
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cumin
4 large flour tortillas
½ onion, diced
Cilantro, chopped
Shredded cheddar cheese
Fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
Hot sauce

Heat a grill to medium-high.

Combine lime juice, oil, cayenne, cumin and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk. Place chicken in a large re-sealable plastic bag and pour marinade over. Massage into chicken and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 4 hours. Drain marinade off chicken and grill over medium-high heat until cooked through. Let cool slightly then cut into small bite size pieces.

Place two tortillas on a flat work surface. Cover with a thin layer of cheddar cheese, and then add an even amount of chicken, onion and cilantro. Dot the tortilla with fresh mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with hot sauce, to taste. Add a dash of salt and pepper, and place other tortilla on top.

Wrap quesadillas in foil and grill for 10 minutes, turning once. Remove from foil and grill an additional 1-2 minutes per side until tortillas are lightly toasted. Remove from grill, cut into wedges, and serve with salsa and guacamole. Ole!

Recipe by Sarah Lang

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