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090525 – tequila lime chicken quesadillas
090526, 9:51 pm
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Drunken Quesadillas

we were having our friend, Jeff over for dinner last night, and i wanted to make something relatively simple that would he would hopefully like.  I think he did!

I cannot take total credit for these delicious quesadillas, however.  I think the reason why these tasted 5 x better than last time is because of the tequila lime chicken marinade that Joe made.

Joe's marinade Chicken Marinade:

  • 1/4 C gold tequila
  • 1/2 C freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 1/2 T chili powder
  • 1/2 T minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 T minced garlic
  • 2 t  salt
  • 1 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (i know – tisk, tisk)

combine all ingredients in a large plastic bag and marinade in the refrigerator for 6 hours.


  • 3 marinated chicken breasts
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2/3 C frozen corn kernels
  • 1/3 C salsa
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 T evoo
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese (i used a combo of Cabot sharp cheddar and the orange stuff)
  • 10 8″ flour tortillas
  1. cook marinated chicken in a large skillet of over medium heat in a little bit of the marinate and 1 T of oil, then set aside.
  2. rinse out the skillet, heat up the remaining 1 T of evoo and saute the onion for about 2 minutes.  Then add the corn for 2 minutes, then add the beans, cooked chicken, salsa, oregano, and brown sugar.  let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Set the mixture aside in a large bowl, rinse out the pan (AGAIN) and heat the skillet over medium.  Once it passes the sizzle test (a drop of water sizzles on the pan) melt 1/2 T butter to coat the pan.  Place a tortilla in the pan, then spread out 1/5 of the mixture, some cheese, and cover with another tortilla.  cook and flip until the golden brown on both sides.

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