Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas
Yield: 8 quesadillas Prep 30 mins Marinate 30 mins or several hours Grill 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry
Chipotle Marinade and Sauce:
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce (such as Heinz)
  • 4 chipotle chiles in adobo (from 7-ounce can), plus 1 tablespoon sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
Quesadillas:
  • 1 sweet onion (1 pound), peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 16 fajita-size flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces pepper-Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • Sour cream, optional

Make It

1. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag or glass dish.

Chipotle Marinade:

2. In a food processor, blend chili sauce, chipotle chiles plus adobo sauce and lime juice. Add to chicken; turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to several hours.

3. Remove chicken to a plate; scrape off and reserve marinade. Sauce: Transfer marinade to saucepan. Add molasses, brown sugar and vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil 4 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

Quesadillas:

4. Heat gas grill to medium-high heat, or prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals. Cut onion into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Slide a skewer through each slice sideways to keep rings together. Brush both sides of onion with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Grill about 8 minutes per side, until lightly charred and tender. Transfer to a bowl; remove skewers. Separate into rings; cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside.

5. Grill chicken 5 to 8 minutes per side, until instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 180 degrees F. Remove to cutting board; thinly slice, and place in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup sauce.

6. Top one tortilla with 2 tablespoons cheese, a generous 1/4 cup chicken, a few pieces of onion, 2 tablespoons cheese and a second tortilla. Brush both sides lightly with remaining oil. Grill 1 minute per side.

7. Serve with sour cream and extra sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 516, Fat, total (g): 22, chol. (mg): 113, sat. fat (g): 9, carb. (g): 49, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 30, sodium (mg): 1093, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.