This recipe is a lifesaver for those that need a quick meal at a late hour, or something fast when you are short on time. I make these often for my honey when he works late, or when we are pressed for time. I also make them when we are having guests over to watch football. Our favorite is the chicken, but you can use steak if you would like. I hope y'all enjoy them as much as we do. I serve them with sour cream, and salsa. Make as many, or as few as you would like. I usually just serve the two of us, with this recipe. It will make 6, or 7 whole tortillas, or 12-14 wedges. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day. Simply microwave for about 30 -45 seconds to re-heat. You can adjust the ingredients according to the crowd you are serving.
1Cut breasts into strips, and then into chunky bite sized pieces. If using tenders, cut into chunky bite sized pieces.
2Place chicken into a bowl, coat with 3 T of oil, then add remaining ingredients except for the cheese. Place into plastic bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This is not required, but the flavors get better if you have time to marinate them. The longer you marinate, the better the flavor. I usually make mine in the afternoon of the day I am going to serve them.
3Heat skillet/wok on high with 2 tablespoons oil until extremely hot.( Like stir fry) Pour chicken into hot pan, turn heat to medium, and toss ( stir fry) until meat is done. Set aside.
4Wipe griddle/grill/ pan with 1 T oil, or spray with Pam. I use a cast iron grill pan turned to the flat side. Turn heat to high to get pan hot, then turn heat down to medium.
5Place tortillas on griddle/ grill/ pan, heat through until hot on one side, then turn over to the other side, place cheese over entire tortilla, place chicken on top of cheese on 1/2 of the tortilla. NOTE: I also add bacon bits on top of the chicken for extra flavor.
6When cheese has melted, flip the half with the cheese over onto the half with the chicken. Press down on tortilla, let brown for about 10 seconds, then flip tortilla over to brown on the other side.
7These brown very quickly, so be careful not to burn them. After they have toasted to your liking, remove from pan, and cut into wedges.
8Place onto a platter, serve with sides of sour cream, and your favorite salsa. I use Wal-Mart's Great Value Lime and Garlic Salsa, it complements the seasoning on the chicken.
9NOTE: Prepare steak the same way if you want to make steak quesadillas instead of the chicken.... marinated thin strips of Chuck steak work excellent in this recipe, and are also good to make a Steak Hoagie/Sub with Swiss Cheese and Mushrooms. Delicious! My honey loves both recipes.