Monday, August 16, 2010

Chicken Quesadillas

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Today has been a good day. I learned that our rent will not be going up $65 dollars when we re-sign our lease, my workload was somewhat tolerable, my brother is visiting tomorrow morning (haven't seen him in almost a year), and the Bachelor Pad is on. Yes, the spinoff of The Bachelor(ette). For those of you who are in Tim's youth group, stop watching that trash. It's for old married women who sit in a cubicle all day and need to live vicariously through the lives of crazy ladies and gentlemen (terms used loosely).

So, in honor of this special day, I am making what has become a staple in my home: chicken quesadillas. But these are not your grandma's boring cheese and tortilla quesadillas. These are better than...Taco Bell's (GASP!). I made it to use up a few things in my fridge/pantry, and it....is....AMAZING. Please do yourself a favor and make these. This particular recipe is for 2 people.

Ingredients:
  • Tortillas
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Mexican cheese (I use the bagged kind)
  • Taco Bell taco sauce (no, not the salsa...and yes, the kind you buy in the store, not the kind you steal on your next visit)
  • Drained can of black beans (or pinto...whichever you prefer)
  • Taco seasoning
  • Toppings (sour cream, guacamole, etc.)
  • You can also choose to put chopped up peppers or other veggies in yours. My palette is extremely limited, as you can tell.
  • A quesadilla maker, a George Foreman or a pan and a stove
Directions:
  • Now, I'm going to give you options. Easy option: throw the chicken in the crockpot before you leave for work and generously add the taco seasoning. Set it on low and it'll be ready for the next step when you walk in the door. Hard way: thaw chicken, cut up chicken, cook chicken on stove, add taco seasoning...it's your choice.
  • I use a George Foreman that has quesadilla plates, so it starlights as a quesadilla maker. I throw the tortilla on the warmed up Foreman, tear up the chicken (which I cooked in the crockpot...or your can use the difficult chicken), add cheese, taco sauce, and drained beans (I love beans).
  • Throw on another tortilla and cook the sucker
  • When it's ready, top it however you'd like.
I served this with homemade tortilla chips. Cut up a tortilla, warm up some canola oil in a pan over the stove, and throw them in 30 seconds, then flip and leave for another 30 seconds. Top with salt, and there ya' go.

Love and Mexican...again,

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