Friday, April 9, 2010

Recipe: Chicken Surprise Quesadillas

Chicken Surprise Quesadillas

4 (6 inch) flour tortillas
1 chicken breast, cooked, diced
2 tablespoons salsa
1 small Granny Smith apple, cored, chopped
1/2 cup shredded Colby & Monterey Jack blend cheese

In large skillet, place one tortilla. Layer half of chicken, salsa, apple, and cheese. Place 1 tortilla on top. Cook over medium high heat until golden. Flip. Cook until golden. Remove. Cut into 4 wedges. Repeat process.  Makes 4 to 8 servings.

Recipe can be found on page 42 in 
MY KIND OF COOKING COOKBOOK

When I make this recipe I butter the outside of the tortillas. It not only adds flavor to the tortilla, it also adds a beautiful golden color. Use your contact grill (George Foreman type grill) when you prepare your quesadilla. It makes a simple quesadilla look gourmet by putting grill marks on the outside of your tortillas. And you don't have to flip your quesadilla, so the ingredients stay between the tortilla instead of falling out as you flip it over. It is the only way I made quesadillas now. 
I came up with this recipe when my husband, Stan, our son, Tyler, and I went to lunch at a downtown restaurant in Albuquerque.  Our son loves quesadillas, so we ordered their grilled chicken quesadilla.  When we bit into the quesadilla we all said "What is in this quesadilla?"  To our surprise, they put a green apple in the quesadilla.  I always carry a small notebook.  I pulled it out and made notes on how I would make it at home. I was stumped on how to get the grill marks on the quesadilla in an easy to make way. We were halfway home before it dawned on me I could use my contact grill and get the same results. 

This is another recipe I made for the Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his band. They loved it! I took a copy of my cookbook to give to Steven's wife. His manager came to me with the book and asked if I could point out which recipes I had made.  When I did, he asked if he could make copies of the recipes. I gave him permission and the next thing I knew everyone was asking for copies. It just goes to show, you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen to make delicious food everyone will love.









19 comments:

  1. Hi...this is so yummy and looks great....

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  2. I just happened upon your blog. You have wonderful recipes and suggestions. Thanks.

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  3. Thanks for your comments! Love reading them!

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  4. Thanks so much for coming by and following our blog:)

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  5. oh those quesadillas look great!

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  6. There are some awards waiting for u in my blog.Pls collect them.

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  7. Your quesadillas look fabulous! I would never have thought to put apples in them, great idea! Thanks for your visit to my blog!

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  8. Thanks for all the comments! I am having so much fun with this blog!

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  9. Love the addition of the apple. Truly inspired.

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  10. I am having fun taking the pictures of the food. It is amazing how long it takes to get the photo you want or at least the one you finally say "Well I guess it's good enough".

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  11. wow that looks delicious, and so easy as well

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  12. Thank you! I love the taste of apples and cheese together.

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  13. I just heard you on the radio this morning, and am so happy to learn of your blog!

    I will share this, and your books with my sister in south Texas. She and her husband love cooking, and trying new recipes.

    Thank you.

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  14. Thanks for listening! I would love to meet you. If you get a chance stop by the radio station on Monday and try some of the recipes and say Hi!

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  15. I love the addition of the apple...plus I love Steven Curtis Chapman...one of my all time favorite Christian singers.

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  16. Thanks Bo! Steven, the band and everyone around them were so nice! I liked him and his music before I met him, but after meeting him, I was even more impressed.

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