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Grilled Chipotle-Chicken Quesadillas

Dan Goldberg
Total time 35 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Grilling adds a mildly smoky note, the perfect complement to big flavors like lime, cilantro, and chile. Plus there's no dirty skillet to clean. Serve these chicken quesadillas with store-bought pico de gallo or other salsa. Or, if you have a little more time, make our fresh Pico de Gallo.

Ingredients

  • 4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, drained and minced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 in. each)
  • 2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese
  • Pico de Gallo or other salsa

Nutrition Information

  • calories 615
  • caloriesfromfat 54 %
  • protein 45 g
  • fat 37 g
  • satfat 14 g
  • carbohydrate 26 g
  • fiber 2.8 g
  • sodium 615 mg
  • cholesterol 143 mg

How to Make It

  1. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay chicken on a grill over medium heat (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above grill level only 4 to 5 seconds) or put chicken in a grill pan over medium heat. Cook chicken 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through (cut to check). Slice cooked chicken breasts into 1/4-in.-thick slices. Keep grill or grill pan hot.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together chipotle chile, sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, and cilantro.

  3. Spread 1 tbsp. chipotle-lime sauce on each of the tortillas. Top 4 of the tortillas each with 1/2 cup cheese and a quarter of the chicken slices, then cover with the remaining tortillas (sauce side down). Put each quesadilla on a dinner plate.

  4. Slide quesadillas off the plates onto the grill over medium heat, or slide into a grill pan over medium heat (you may need to grill the quesadillas in batches). Grill uncovered, turning once, until cheese is melted and both sides are golden, about 2 minutes each side (use a large spatula and tongs to flip the quesadillas). If grilling in batches, keep finished quesadillas warm in a 200° oven until ready to serve.

  5. Slice each quesadilla into wedges and serve with salsa on the side.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

  7. Dress it up: Turn this everyday recipe into fun party fare by setting up a quesadilla bar with assorted fillings for your guests to choose, then grill their customized quesadillas to order. Some of our favorite fillings:

  8. Cheeses: Try shredded Monterey jack, cheddar, or goat cheese.

  9. Meats and seafood: Set out platters of grilled chicken, steak slices, bacon, and cooked shrimp.

  10. Vegetables: Round it out with canned black or pinto beans (rinsed and drained); grilled corn, peppers, summer squash, zucchini, and onions; and sliced fresh green onions.

  11. Sauces: Serve with the chipotle-lime sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream.