Grilled BBQ Chicken Quesadillas with homemade coleslaw
Usually, I make these savory Mexican turnovers in a skillet, but this week I decided to cook them on the grill. For added heat, stuff a few pickled jalapenos into the tortillas.
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons honey mustard
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder and ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
8 flour tortillas
8 ounces shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 carrot, shredded
1/3 cup chopped green onions
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Using a mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken breasts between two pieces of waxed paper to 3/4-inch thickness. Brush chicken with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Grill chicken, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate, and when cool, shred or slice into super-thin slices. Set aside.
Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Combine sauce and chicken; stir to coat.
Combine mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar in a medium bowl. Add cabbage, carrots and onions; toss to combine.
Place about 1/2 cup chicken on top of a tortilla on a plate. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Place another tortilla on top. Using a wide spatula, slide assembled quesadilla onto hot grill and cook until bottom is brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip and continue cooking until underside of the second tortilla is also brown and crispy, about another 2 minutes.
Place cooked quesadilla onto a cutting board and cut into wedges. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make three more quesadillas. Serve with coleslaw. Serves 4.
-- Adapted from "Cooking Light Crave!" (Oxmore House, February 2013, $21.95)
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