These quesadillas were a last minute back-up plan that turned into a major success! My original plan for dinner was to make grilled chicken to go with the Guacamole Rice I’ve been craving, but the rain made me re-think using the grill. And by the way, whoever came up with the concept of Guacamole Rice is a genius! So I opted for quesadillas, using boiled chicken and veggies that were going to go bad in the fridge (my husband was so proud!!) The sweetness of the corn and the caramelized onion really made this dish!
Chicken, Corn and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas
3 sweet onions, julienned
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 chicken breast
2 ears corn, kernels cut off the cob
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp fresh salsa (I use Publix deli salsa)
Juice from half a lime
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper
Butter for cooking quesadillas
6 soft taco sized flour tortillas
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1.) Bring water in a pot to a boil and add chicken breast, boil for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Shred chicken with a fork and knife.
2.) Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat; add onions and salt. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it starts to get a golden hue. Stir frequently to ensure onions don’t stick to bottom.
3.) Place corn in a small sauce pan and fill with water. Boil for about 4 to 5 minutes and then drain water.
4.) Combine together shredded chicken, caramelized onions, corn, cilantro, salsa, lime, garlic powder, cumin and paprika. Salt and pepper to taste.
5.) Heat 1 tsp of butter in a non-stick skillet. Place tortilla in skillet, add cheese to one half and add the chicken/corn/onion mixture. Cook until tortilla is browned.
4 servings of white rice prepared (I use Jasmine)
2 ripe avocados, cubed
1/2 of a medium sweet onion, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup fresh salsa
Juice of 1 lime
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Mix all ingredients together and serve!
And this is what made the meal possible….