Friday, June 5, 2009

Patio Chicken Quesadillas

It's summertime and it's time to get into the spirit of being outdoors. Bar-b-ques, cookouts and picnics are upon us. But who wants to stay in a hot kitchen for hours while everyone else enjoys the sun? I sure don't and I know a score of others who would rather not. Here is a fun recipe that can be done fast and on the grill as an appetizer to your outside dining.

Patio Chicken Quesadillas

1 to 2 large diced tomatoes
1 diced red onion
Chopped cilantro
2 small to medium Jalapenos
olive oil (to taste)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Lime Juice (to taste)

1. Mix all ingredients for salsa and set aside or refrigerate until needed.


1 to 2 packs flour tortillas (depends on how big the party is)
1 jar chipotle sauce
Queso Blanco (a great substitute is Monterey Jack Cheese)
2 to 5 lbs Boneless skinless Chicken Breasts (Marinaded in your favorite marinade)

1. Oil the outer side of tortilla. Spread the Chipotle sauce on the unoiled side of a tortilla. Add a generous amount of cheese.
2. Add the re-cooked, marinated chicken.
3. Place a tortilla on top and place the quesadilla n the grill.
4. As grill marks start to become apparent, flip the quesadilla over and cook the other side and let the cheese me.
5. Remove from the grill and cu into 6 to 8 triangles.

Serve hot and top with sour cream and salsa.
Great substitutions for chicken are beef and shrimp.

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