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Grilled Chipotle-Chicken Quesadillas

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.

Sunset SEPTEMBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Total:35 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

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:

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

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

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.

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

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 615
  • Calories from fat: 54%
  • Protein: 45g
  • Fat: 37g
  • Saturated fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Sodium: 615mg
  • Cholesterol: 143mg
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