Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Apple Chicken Quesadillas

Just got back from acupuncture. Terry laughed at me for being so excited about my new meal tonight! I really love cooking, I'm having a lot of fun with it.

Last night was Taco Tuesday. We had a few leftover tortillas. We also had some taco cheese. We've always got frozen chicken. We conveniently had a jar of salsa from a barbecue in the summer (no worries, it wasn't open). AND since it's the most beautiful season of the year (see photo below, this is right down the road from me), we have a TON of apples!

Thank you, John Bulmer (

So, I didn't know what to make for dinner, but knew I was going to make something with chicken. I googled "fun chicken recipes" and BAM. Apple Chicken Quesadillas. So easy! And SO very delicious.

Prep: The recipe calls for pulled chicken. Have you ever pulled chicken? I didn't, that was new for us. Online, it's suggested that you boil the chicken or grill it. We have a foot of snow on the ground outside, so I wasn't going to make Nathan stand in the snow to grill (Sweet of me, right?). And boiling chicken sounded unappealing. So Nathan fried it up in the frying pan with a little oil. Once it was completely cooked through (no pink on the inside), he moved it to a plate. 5 minutes for the chicken to cool off, and then STAB it with a fork! And then, take another fork! And start yanking little pieces off. Shred it with your forks. We need practice on this, we ended up with chunked chicken, but it still tasted good.

Also, the apples need to be sliced. I was going to quarter them and then cut the quarters into pieces, Nathan didn't think that was a good idea. He cut his apple in half and then just cut slices like it was an onion. He's a better cook than me and he doesn't even try.

Ready to go! Heat up tortillas in a frying pan, one at a time. Flip them over a few times so they're heated on both sides. Once the tortilla starts bubbling, it's ready for cheese! Sprinkle taco cheese (Mexican-blend, whatever other kind of cheese you like) onto one half of the tortilla. Fold it in half. Flip it over a few times until the cheese melts. Then it comes out of the frying pan and onto your plate. Peel the tortilla open, the cheese should be coating each side. Put a layer of apple slices, a layer of pulled chicken, and some salsa on one half, and then fold the tortilla closed again. Tada. Love it? My favorite part is that the apples are not cooked in the frying pan, so they're not mushy. You still get a fresh, crunchy texture. The mix flavors and textures is just too good. I'm loving this easy, cheap recipe.

So, what's for dinner at your house tonight?

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