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Chicken Quesadillas

Quesadilla Stack

As you know, Chris LOVES Mexican food with a passion, and it has been a challenge to produce authentic-tasting Mexican food over here in China. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to satisfy my husband’s Mexican food cravings, such as homemade chorizo, pico de gallo, and several other things, and sometimes, these chicken quesadillas are just the thing. Some cumin, oregano, and chili pepper gives them that signature Mexican taste, while pepper jack cheese adds some kick, and they are an easy fast dinner to throw together.

I wasn’t going to put these up on the site at first because I felt like they were so simple, but the pictures of the stacked quesadillas turned out so cute, I allowed Chris to convince me.  Plus, as he pointed out, simple is good.  We all need more simple in our lives, right?

Quesadilla Pile

Chicken Quesadillas
Makes 3 quesadillas, perfect for two hungry people or three people with normal appetites. Feel free to adjust spices to your liking.

6 flour tortillas
2 chicken breasts, cut into ½ inch cubes
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
½ to 1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp oil, plus more for sautéing
1 small green bell pepper, diced (or ½ one large)
1 small red onion, diced (or ½ one large)
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
salt and pepper

Mix the chicken cubes with the cumin, oregano, chili powder, a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp oil. Set aside.

Heat another tbsp oil in a pan and sauté the onion over medium heat until translucent, then add the green bell pepper and a pinch of salt. Sauté until pepper is softened. Remove to a separate dish and set aside.

Using the oil remaining in pan, sauté the chicken cubes until cooked through. Remove to the dish with the vegetables and set aside.

Wipe the pan out with a clean dishcloth or paper towel, leaving a thin film of oil, and reduce heat to low. Lay a flour tortilla in the pan and sprinkle a bit of cheese evenly over the tortilla. Sprinkle some vegetables and chicken on top of the cheese, and top with another layer of cheese. Lay another flour tortilla over it all. Cook until cheese is melted, flipping once, and tortillas are slightly crisp. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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