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Appetizers, Mains, Sides

Chicken Quesadillas With Tomatillo Salsa

Chicken Quesadillas With Tomatillo Salsa
Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times

There was supposed to be a sports award potluck dinner last night for the high school lacrosse team. But it was rescheduled, leaving me with two dozen barbecued chicken legs. For one night, maybe two, my family will be happy ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 (12-ounce) can whole tomatillos, drained and diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced Anaheim pepper
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves
  • 6 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded grilled chicken

Step 1Combine tomatillos, lime juice, Anaheim and serrano peppers, salt and cilantro in small serving bowl. Set aside.

Step 2Heat 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.

Step 3Use sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges. Arrange wedges on warm platter and serve immediately. Pass salsa.

Note: Keep disposable surgical gloves on hand (available at any pharmacy) to wear while working with fresh peppers. Oils from cut fresh peppers on your hands can easily irritate your eyes or nose if you touch them.

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