Who doesn't love simple, quick, cheesy, crunchy, warm comfort food? It's pictured inside tortillas for quesadillas here, but the possibilities for this Fiesta Chicken mixture are endless. I ate my leftover servings melted on top of tortilla chips for loaded nachos. Serve it cold on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes for a zesty salad. Add more beans and cilantro lime rice to the mixture and roll up in a large tortilla for a burrito. Switch up taco night... I could go on for days. I'll admit that I even ate a spoonful or two out of the fridge cold. Make this fiesta chicken and I promise - you will love it!
Fiesta Chicken Quesadillas, Nachos, Salad, etc.
Makes 4 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (( Healthier Ingredient Substitutions ))
1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped
1 bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese (( 1 cup shredded low fat pepper jack cheese ))
3/4 cup cilantro
2/3 cup black beans
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
Salt to taste
Tortillas for quesadillas, tortilla chips for nachos, lettuce for salad, etc.
1. Pulse cilantro, avocado, garlic clove, lime juice, and 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil in the food processor until smooth.
2. Chop bell pepper and onion. Saute bell pepper and onion in olive oil until onions become translucent, about 3 minutes.
3. Mix all ingredients together. Use as a filling for quesadillas, on top of tortilla chips as nachos, over some lettuce and tomatoes for a salad (( healthier option )), with more beans and rice for burritos, etc. Enjoy!
Blend cilantro, avocado, garlic, lime juice, and extra virgin olive oil in the food processor. I want to experiment with a sort of cilantro pesto some other time. Hmmm....
Dice the bell pepper and half onion. I'm a big texture person so these crunchy veggies are a must!
Saute the pepper and onion until the onions just become translucent.
Mix all of the ingredients together! I'm telling you - this is a hit.
As you can see above, I got a little hungry while taking these pictures. There's crunch from the vegetables, creaminess from the cheese and avocado mixture, a little kick from the pepper jack, and of course flavorful chicken and spices. It's aaaaall there. Use this as a base for your favorite Mexican dish and you will have a tasty meal on your plate in no time!