Saturday, May 8, 2010

Chicken Quesadillas

Who has ever said that they don't have time to make dinner when they get home from work? I know there were times when I really did not feel like it as well. But sometimes you don't want to go out for dinner either. This was my solution for a quick and easy dinner, and it works well for lunch too. You can always make a couple of extra, and the leftovers microwave well. Fast food at home, but healthy and tasty.

Chicken Quesadillas:
  • 4 tortillas, 10-inch round
  • 1 lb. cooked chicken strips
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. grated cheddar or mexican cheese blend, 1/3 less fat
  • sliced jalapenos from jar
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, about ¼ cup
  • 3 spring onions, sliced thin, green tops too
  • cooking spray
  • Cholula Hot Sauce
  • sour cream (fat free)
  • dry seasoning of your choice

Place chicken strips on large plate and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice or you may leave plain. Microwave until heated through. Meanwhile, preheat a large nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium heat. On one half of tortilla add cheese, chicken, sliced jalapenos, cilantro and spring onions. Evenly divide ingredients over all 4 tortillas. Fold over top to form a half circle. Spray skillet with cooking oil and add 2 tortillas to skillet, turning over after about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. When other side is browned remove from skillet and serve on plate with sour cream and Cholula hot sauce. You are able to heat up 2 at a time, they cook quick. These may be made on top of a grill too. Preheat grill and follow same cooking directions. This is a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Serves 4. Enjoy!

My favorite brand tortillas are La Tortilla Factory wraps, they are made with extra virgin olive oil. They have 13 g dietary fiber, only 3 g fat and they are 90 calories. Some grocery stores carry them, you may also purchase them online. My favorite spice is Mexican Seasoning by The Spice Hunter, it is salt free as well. I found this in the organic section of my grocery store. It is a great way to use up leftover chicken. Or you can omit the chicken and just do cheese quesadillas. Try leftover beef or shrimp too.

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