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Chicken Quesadillas With Tomatillo Salsa

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Type: Chicken, Poultry
Courses: Sandwiches
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Whole tomatillos - (12 oz) - drained, diced
1 tablespoon 15mlLime juice
2 tablespoons 30mlMinced Anaheim pepper
1   Serrano pepper - seeded, minced
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlSalt
3 tablespoons 45mlCilantro leaves
6   Flour tortillas - (10" dia)
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozGrated pepper Jack cheese - (4 oz)
1 1/2 cups 93g / 3.3ozShredded grilled chicken

Recipe Instructions

Combine tomatillos, lime juice, Anaheim and serrano peppers, salt and cilantro in small serving bowl. Set aside.

Heat heavy 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Place tortilla in pan and sprinkle one-third of cheese and one-third of chicken evenly on top. Cover with second tortilla. When bottom tortilla is nicely browned, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, use wide spatula to turn quesadilla. Brown other side. Place on cutting board. Repeat to cook other 2 quesadillas.

Use sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges. Arrange wedges on warm platter and serve immediately. Pass salsa.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Each serving: 439 calories; 625 mg sodium; 79 mg cholesterol; 18 grams fat; 41 grams carbohydrates; 28 grams protein; 3.21 grams fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 06-14-2000


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