My sister shared this recipe with me a year or two ago and, while everyone in the family enjoys it immensely, it is Hannah's favorite meal. When I ask what she wants for dinner, without fail, she shouts "Chicken Quesadillas!!" I have always had a package of tortillas on hand before, but they would get as hard as a brick and I would eventually throw them away. These days we run out before I can make it to the store again. My favorite part of this quick and simple recipe is that all of the major food groups (except chocolate and ice cream) are covered!
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast - cubed
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. oil
1 t. sugar
1 t. oregano
1 t. chili powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 green pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
6 burrito sized tortillas (or equivalent)
olive oil for brushing
-Preheat oven to 425.
-Whisk together the red wine vinegar, oil, and spices in a large skillet. Stir in cubed chicken and marinate while cutting the vegetables and shredding the cheese. Saute the chicken over medium high heat until it is no longer pink. (Cooking time is variable depending on the size of the cubes. Could be anywhere from 5-10 minutes.)
-Arrange half of the tortillas on a baking sheet. (I cut two in half to fit one and a half to each of 2 sheets.) Drizzle or brush the top with olive oil. Place the second tortilla on top of the first and rub it around on top of the first tortilla to share the oil love.
-Spread cooked chicken, and diced vegetables on the second tortilla. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
-At this point, you have two tortillas on the bottom, with olive oil in between them, and the rest of your ingredients on top. Simply slip the bottom tortilla out and top the chicken/veggie/cheese with it, oil side up.
-Bake in the oven until lightly browned and crispy and the cheese has melted.
Unfortunately, we seem to be developing a rather expensive habit this summer. A rather expensive tortilla habit. I'm finding that I can put them in all sorts of meals. My husband is addicted to my pizza quesadillas and is constantly asking me to make them for him. I even made a lazy man's knock-off elephant ear with tortillas this weekend. The list could go on and on. I'm definitely going to have to learn how to make them myself or go broke. Of course, I prefer the former option! :D So my Mission ( ;D) this summer is to search for a recipe that will give us our tortilla fix without breaking the bank!
Does anyone have a delicious recipe for homemade tortillas? If so, please do end my search quickly. Share so that I can go outside and play instead!