Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas came to me via my older daughter. Early on, like when she was 10 or so, she used to find recipes and bring them to me to ‘change things up’ as she used to say. In those days the rotation was very set-in-stone, about 20 or so dishes that I ‘could’ make. Any time something cracked the list there would be a mild celebration… something old and tired had finally fallen off it. Gradually, the rest of the clan picked up on her example and I’d get emails or find clippings on the cutting board and my horizons began to widen. Once I started trying new things I was hooked. And, here we are!
So, what’s a quesadilla? Essentially it’s a savoury Mexican turnover stuffed with a cheese filling. Either grilled, fried or in my case, baked (it’s healthier), they are usually made with either a corn or flour tortilla. The original turnover dates back in what is now South and Central America prior to European contact. From the 1500’s the simple but popular little cheese pie got it’s more modern name which roughly translates to ‘little cheesy thing’ and began to be stuffed with chicken, beef, turkey, even seafood and vegetables. If you look it up, you’ll find thousands of variations and I invite you to try any of them. But, I predict you’ll be hard pressed to find anything easier or much tastier.
There are two Veteran Moves I want to highlight for this dish. First, consider replacing sour cream with non fat Greek Yogurt (I’ve replaced sour cream altogether at my house. I never use it). The yogurt tastes like full fat sour cream. But, it has less than a third of the calories and a microscopic fraction of the fat and cholesterol while providing triple the protein and about the same amount of carbs and similar nutrients.
Another good Veteran Move is to rim half the leading edge on the empty half of the tortilla with a little sour cream (or Greek yogurt). It’ll be easier then to create a tight seal when folded over the filled half creating the turnover.
This recipe also introduces you to a terrific dipping sauce that’s a very easy variation on salsa. You’ll find uses for it almost every day. All I can say is, stock up on salsa!
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