Smoky Fajita Quesadillas

Like I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been sick this week which hasn’t made me feel up to cooking much of anything. On Monday night I already had some chicken defrosted in the fridge, though, so I decided to make one of my comfort foods–quesadillas–only in a new way. i love quesadillas because you can really put anything you want in them–chicken, steak, corn, beans, peppers, onions. We just used chicken, cheese, peppers and onions since we had my black bean and corn salad (yesterday’s dish) on the side. The wet rub I concocted was really tasty on the chicken and putting the quesadillas on the grill gave the whole thing this amazing smoky flavor and also crisped the edges of the tortilla. Delish. Of course, if you don’t have a grill or don’t live in San Diego in the winter, you could just as easily cook this in a skillet on your stove.

2 large chicken breasts
1 bed pepper, cut into strips
1 large onion, cut into rings and then those cut in half
2 C grated cheese (colby-jack, cheddar or a mexican blend would do)
6 large flour tortillas

For wet rub/marinade:
1 tsp red chili pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 T finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
juice of 1 lime
1 T olive oil

First, mix the wet rub ingredients together in a bowl and add the chicken to coat. If you have 15 minutes, let the chicken marinate in the mix before grilling it…if not, it will still taste good. Place your chicken on a heated grill and cook about 10 minutes on each side, making sure not to overcook the chicken. While the chicken in cooking, heat a skillet over med-high heat, coat with extra virgin olive oil and saute your onion and peppers until both are slightly browned and soft. Remove from heat. When chicken is cooked, cut into small pieces. Assemble quesadillas for the grill– lightly coat the outside of the tortilla with olive oil. On the inside, place a layer of cheese, chicken and veggies and fold in half. Grill for about 2 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned on the edges. Enjoy!


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