The Perfect Quesadilla
It takes a lot to make a perfect quesadilla. You can slap some cheese on tortillas and throw it on the stove and boom you have a somewhat passable quesadilla. The trick is to show a little more love. If you love quesadillas then you can truly make something outstanding.
Quesadillas can be great party food. They cut up into slices and people can eat them with their fingers. If you are going to invite quests over for a get together then you want to wow them. I will share with you the absolute best way to wow your guests or to simply enjoy an easy family meal.
Its All About The Chicken People
There are many ways to do chicken. Do you slap it in a crockpot with seasonings or do you grill it? Do you use breast meat or a mixture of leg and thigh? Really there is no wrong answer here. It is up to you. I tend to enjoy dark meat much better. Lately I have found the most amazing chicken is a chicken leg quarter that has been rubbed with a dry rub seasoning, any dry rub seasoning mix will work, and grilled over charcoal.
I am going to be a little picky about this process. For maximum flavor you must use charcoal. You should NEVER use lighter fluid to start it. You want the chicken to embrace the pure flavor of the charcoal and not end up tasting chemicals. You let the charcoal get white and ash on the edges. Let the grill get hot and voila! You have your answer. You then grill the chicken leg quarters for about 40 minutes turning every 8-10 minutes. This produces an intensely flavorful and enjoyable experience. You can also grill chicken breast if dark meat isn't your cup of tea.
If you work or are short on time and looking for an easy fix then just throw it all in a crock pot and get started. Mix 2 chicken breasts, half a taco seasoning packet, and a can of rotel tomatoes together on low in a crockpot for 4-6 hours and shred to perfection. This chicken is also a delicious alternative for those not wanting to brave the inferno of the grill.
Composing The Quesadilla
Once you have the chicken taken care of it is time to compose the entire dish. First, put a skillet on the stove with the heat on medium. Too high and you will scorch the tortilla before the cheese melts. Too low and you will be there all night waiting for the cheese to melt. After that you are going to lay a tortilla down and spread shredded cheddar cheese liberally. Next apply a generous portion of chicken and close it up with the other half. Grill in the skillet for about 3 minutes on each side. Make sure it doesn't burn and you are sure to have a winner. Serve with sour cream guacamole, or salsa for the perfect topping.