Southwestern Chicken Quesadillas with Lime-Honey Dipping Sauce – Submitted by Shiloh Elliott
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoons minced garlic
1 generous handful of fresh cilantro or 1/2 Tbs of concentrated cilantro
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cups shredded pepperjack cheese
2 medium/large whole wheat tortillas
1 medium, fresh peach
Salt/pepper to taste
1 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1 tablespoons organic, all-natural honey
2 tablespoons Lime juice
Sauté chicken in a nonstick pan on medium high heat with olive oil, diced onion, minced garlic, cilantro, red pepper, lime juice, salt & pepper until onions are soft and chicken is no longer pink. I prefer to do all of these things together for maximum flavor permeation into the meat and to make the kitchen smell amazing. Once this mixture is cooked through, transfer the entire contents of your skillet into a bowl and let it cool just a bit until you can safely touch it and assemble your quesadillas.
While it cools, cut your peach in half and the cut each half into thin slices and whip up your dipping sauce. Combine yogurt, honey and lime together and don’t be afraid to play with the ratio of honey to lime. Depending on how your feeling that day, maybe you want something a little more sweet, maybe you want something a little more tart. It’s really about what tastes best.
Once the chicken has cooled enough to work with, line one half of a tortilla with half of the shredded cheese. Top the cheese with half of your chicken/lime/cilantro goodness, and top the chicken with a thin layer of the sliced peaches and fold tortilla over. One at a time, return your quesadilla to your still hot pan and cook 2-3 minutes, cheese side down first. Check often to prevent burning and be sure to press down on your quesadilla with your spatula while it’s toasting up so that everything seals inside. Carefully flip and repeat. Be careful, these things will be packed full. I’ve found that a second spatula nearby comes in handy when flipping. Serve with your dipping sauce and enjoy!
(Makes 2 very generous portions)