Friday, May 6, 2011

Chicken, Poblano and Corn Quesadillas

From past experience, I've learned that quesadillas are a tricky yet easy dinner (or appetizer) to make. It takes some finesse I think, but they are always worth the effort in the end. My first attempt I was over-zealous and wanted to make an entire quesadilla (unfolded, two tortillas in the skillet). That was the worst idea! They fell apart and didn't crisp all that well. So learn from my mistake; when the directions for a quesadilla say to fold it over in half, do it. I also made some minor changes to this recipe because I like flavorful quesadillas with lots of different ingredients. I added tomatoes and I think a side of sour cream or salsa would have been even better!

Chicken, Poblano, and Corn Quesadillas
Adapted from: Simply Suppers
Yields: 6-8 quesadillas

1 large poblano pepper, halved
olive oil
1 cup shredded, cooked chicken
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
1 tomato, chopped
6-8 8-inch flour tortillas
sour cream (optional)
salsa (optional)

Start by roasting the poblano pepper. Preheat the broiler on high and move the oven rack to the highest position. Remove all seeds and stems from the pepper and place on oiled cookie sheet. Place in the oven and broil for about 8 minutes on each side, enough to get them charred on the edges. Set aside to cool.

Preheat a skillet on the stove to medium heat. Meanwhile, fill tortillas with ingredients: shredded chicken, cheese, corn and tomatoes. You can add the salsa and sour cream beforehand or use as a dipping sauce. Be sure to only fill half the tortilla. Fold in half and spray the top of the tortilla with olive oil cooking spray. Place folded tortilla into preheated skillet with the oiled side down. Lightly spray the other side of the tortilla while cooking.

Leave tortilla on skillet until crunchy and darkened, about 3-4 minutes. Flip over to cook the other side gently with a spatula. Leave on skillet until crunchy and darkened, about 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.

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