Can your favorite dish be healthy?
Oftentimes, enjoying my favorite food just won’t be possible if I am to stick to healthy eating habits. With quesadilla being my all-time favorite food, my resolution to observe healthy eating this year may need to be shelved for the nth time. Thankfully, I found this healthy quesadilla recipe that uses unique ingredients supplemented with healthy and light substitutes so I won’t have to sacrifice on the intense flavors I really love. Quick and easy to follow, this awesome Spicy Chicken Quesadilla recipe provides me that spicy Mexican-inspired flavor to make it a convenient go-to dinner time meal I can make in no time. I can even just forego the pickled jalapeno peppers to make a kid-friendly treat!
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Like I said, the ingredients are healthy. I start with a cup of chopped boneless and skinless rotisserie chicken breast. I combine that with ¼ cup of unsalted canned black beans that I first rinse and drain before this step. I add ⅓ cup refrigerated fresh salsa to the first two ingredients. Salsa is chock full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, which is great for gum disease. I add ¼ cup of frozen kernel corn that I thaw beforehand and add this to the other ingredients. The last ingredient to go into the mixture is 1.5 tablespoons of chopped pickled jalapenos, which, as I said earlier, can be left out if you are serving this healthy quesadilla to your kids. I make sure all the ingredients are incorporated thoroughly into one another. I make it a point to use a medium bowl so there’s enough space to do all the mixing.
I then divide the chicken mixture into even-sized tortillas, making about four quesadillas in all. I recommend using eight 6-inch flour tortillas for this recipe. I sprinkle cheese evenly on each quesadilla and then top with the four other tortillas. You can always use a large skillet over medium-high heat, but I have found that a premium quality quesadilla maker provides the best results. I cook the quesadillas one by one, and the quesadilla maker I use has always been able to deliver that delightfully golden brown color and fantastic texture I want in an authentic Mexican-style quesadilla. For a more intense flavor, I serve the spicy chicken quesadillas with 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream.
There you have it! A terrific Mexican style quesadilla that won’t add in the pounds but is tops on the flavor meter!