Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chicken Quesadillas ~ Quick & Easy Dinner Night

Summer time for me means quick and easy meals. It's a time for the days to get longer and we are on the go a lot more. Right now with the end of dance classes, starting of softball, attending Girl Scouts, birthday parties, homework...it's always things going on! 

If you are looking for a fantastic meal that you can please the whole family why not try making Chicken Quesadillas! It's not as hard as you think it is! 

What you'll need: 

Tortilla Shells
Your fillings ~ the possibilities are endless here. We personally have mushrooms and black olives in ours but you can really put anything inside that you'd like! 


1. Chop your chicken either into strips or small cubes and have them cooled down (so you can grab them) so you are ready. You can season how you would like. Sometimes we add a little Mrs. Dash or Garlic Powder to them. Other times I make it really easier and buy the Tyson Chicken Strips that are preseasoned and I'm just tossing it into the microwave to get them ready! 

2. I would turn a little heat onto my skillet at this time as I want everything to cook evenly. Then start your prep work. Open up all of your ingredients and cut up what needs it. You can even mix things together in a small bowl or plate to make it easier as well. Once it starts it'll take just a few minutes to finish! 

3. Once all your prep work is done and your skillet is warm you are ready to go! Butter one side of the tortilla shell. It doesn't have to be a lot just enough for you to know it's there and so it doesn't stick to the bottom. Lay it down butter side down in the pan. Grab your cheese and put down a layer onto half of the shell. Add your chicken and fillings over the cheese and then do another layer of cheese. Use a spatula to fold it over. 

4. Cook for about 3 minutes on one side until cheese is melted/your tortilla shell browns a bit and then flip over. This is the tricky part because you don't want to lose your fillings! I find that going from the top to the bottom over is the best way to do this. Cook for another 3 minutes on the other side and remove from heat. 

5. Cut up into quarters and add your favorite salsa or sour cream and enjoy! 

You can always turn your heat up. If you find that it is taking you a long time to get things cooked go ahead and turn it up a little. While the other end is if you are finding that it's already brown before you have all of your ingredients on and you are bending it in half then the heat is too high. 

I really love making this meal. Even for dinners when I have someone over because I can really tailor it to what people would like to have. And someone doesn't eat chicken? Great...it's a cheese quesadilla! Kids love them because they can dunk them into the sauces and pick what you put inside for them. It does take a few times to get used to what works best for you but for a quick meal under like 30 minutes it's great! 

Leah Shumack is the voice behind Clair's Freebies. Born and raised in ski country Western NY where I still live today with my beautiful 8 year old daughter. When I'm not tending to her or out scoping deals I enjoy entering giveaways and trying out new things in the kitchen!

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