Happy Cinco de Mayo! The day when Mexican-American’s and those who love them celebrate Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. I say Mexican-Americans because, although also recognized in Mexico, it is a holiday far more upheld for those of Mexican decent living here in the U.S. as more of a celebration of culture and heritage. I happen to love such holidays as they give us cause to look into the beautiful cultures surrounding us and allow us to partake in all they have to offer culturally. For me, that usually means following a traditional recipe or working my own spin on a dish widely identified with said culture.
In today’s case Chicken Quesadillas are on the menu. My husband and I are starting to eat low-carb, so you will see salad is there where rice and beans would normally be and I am using a low-carb whole wheat tortilla. But, the essence of this famed Mexican dish is still here. It is essentially my nod to the Mexican culture and their rich culinary contribution to the American diet.
Thank-you Mexico for such a delicious part of our weekly cooking, as we definitely have quesadillas as a staple in this home. Let me share one of my favorite preparations with you today.
Recipe for Simple Chicken Quesadillas:
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 whole wheat tortillas (shown here are a low carb kind. with only 6 net carbs per wrap)
4 oz Colby Jack
4 oz Pepper Jack
1 Tbs. Canola oil
sprinkle of Hungarian Paprika
sprinkle of cumin
sprinkle of garlic powder
Prepare chicken by seasoning with a sprinkle of each of the spices. Slice chicken and cook with canola oil on medium heat to finished. Sprinkle with another pinch of kosher salt once in pan. Set chicken aside.
In a non-stick skillet or cast iron one, heat some Canola Oil on med/high heat. Add in tortilla. Then cover half with 1/2 Colby Jack, then chicken, then Pepper Jack. Fold tortilla in half over the contents. Cook about 2 minutes on both sides until golden brown on the outside.
Cut into 4 wedges and serve with salsa and sour cream.