Cilantro-Lime Chicken Quesadillas
Last night I came up with this recipe while making dinner. These quesadillas have a wonderful tangy flavor from the lime, a sweetness from the caramelized onions, and make a good summer supper. Serve with a salad, refried beans, or Mexican rice. The only thing missing is a margarita!
My Cilantro-Lime Chicken Quesadillas
1 pkg. 8-count, large flour tortillas, any flavor (I used cilantro/jalapeño flavor)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
- For the chicken, you can either use a rotisserie chicken from the store, or bake your own. The chicken is done when there is no pink in the center and the juices run clear.
salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, plus more for sprinkling
extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced into half-rings (you can use more, I only had one on hand)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
16 oz. pkg. of shredded cheese (I used 3/4 of a bag of a Mexican blend, use what you like)
salsa, sour cream, or guacamole to garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Drizzle the chicken breasts with extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with a little ground cumin. Place the chicken breasts on lightly greased pan and bake for 30-45 minutes.
While the chicken is baking, prepare the onion, and place it in a saute pan over medium heat with some extra-virgin olive oil to caramelize. The onions will take about the same amount of time as the chicken to cook, 30-45 minutes. Stir the onion every so often, until they reach a nice, light brown color.
Next, wash, dry, and chop the cilantro. Combine with the lime juice and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add the chopped chicken breast to the bowl and stir to coat. Let the mixture marinate 15-20 minutes.
Warm the tortillas in the microwave or on the grill and begin to assemble. I put a handful of cheese on first, then 1/4 of the onions, then 1/4 of the chicken mixture, then the top tortilla. Grill or cook on the stove top in a lightly greased pan until the cheese is melted and gooey.
Vegetarian option: Marinated mushrooms would be delicious instead of the chicken. Soften the mushrooms in a pan first, then add to the cilantro-lime mixture.