1/1 Photo of Blackened Chicken Quesadillas & Cranberry Mango Salsa
1 hr 30 mins
Not just a 'summer' dish, the oranges, reds, and greens in this make for a gorgeous harvest feast as well. The salsa is a wonderful blend of tart, sweet, and spicy and goes well against the cool flavor of the cheese (I often omit the chicken and make vegetarian quesadillas). Despite the long list of directions, this is not overly complex to make...but tastes like it should be. Originally posted by Mean Chef.
My Private Note
Units: US | Metric
- 1/2 cup creole blackening seasoning
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
- 1 1/2 cups monterey jack pepper cheese
- 1 cup cranberries
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 medium mango
- 2 kiwi fruits
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 serrano chili, seeded and diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- salt and pepper
- 1For the Salsa (yields about 3 cups):.
- 2Toss the cranberries with the brown sugar then chop coarsley in a food processor, transfer to a heat resistant bowl and set aside.
- 3In a saucepan, combine granulated sugar and water over medium-high heat; bring to a boil while stirring; once boiling, stop stirring and allow to cook for 3 minutes, then immediately pour syrup over cranberries and allow to cool completely.
- 4Meanwhile, peel and dice kiwi and mango.
- 5Combine mango, kiwi, red onion,cilantro, lime juice, serrano chile, garlic and honey; mix well and add to cranberry mixture.
- 6Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to blend.
- 7For the Quesadillas:.
- 8Place blackening seasoning in a shallow dish.
- 9Between two sheets of plastic wrap, flatten chicken breasts with a meat mallet or heavy skillet to a flat even thickness; rub each breast with a few drops of oil and dredge in the blackening seasoning to coat.
- 10Heat 1 tbl of peanut oil in a heavy skillet over high heat; add chicken and cook until blackened on both sides and cooked through- set aside to rest.
- 11In a separate skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat, add onions and saute until just translucent; turn heat to low and cook for 15 minutes until onions are soft but not browned.
- 12Stir in basil and honey and cook for 5 more minutes.
- 13Add chicken broth and turn up heat high enough for broth to simmer; cook until almost all of the broth has evaporated; remove from heat and set aside.
- 14Slice chicken into small pieces and mix with onions.
- 15To assemble: Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on one tortilla, then spoon on 1/4 of the chicken mixture; sprinkle with 2 tbl more cheese and place another tortilla on top.
- 16Lightly brush a skillet with peanut oil and heat over medium high heat; slide the quesadilla into the skillet and heat until cheese begins to melt; brush upper tortilla with peanut oil and flip quesadilla in skillet.
- 17When cheese is melted, remove from skillet, cut into quarters and serve with cranberry-mango salsa.
- 18Note: quesadillas (top brushed with oil) can also be cooked on a parchment lined sheet pan in a 350 degree oven until cheese melts.
Browse Our Top One-Dish Meal Recipes
You Might Also Like...View All One-Dish Meal Recipes
Nutritional Facts for Blackened Chicken Quesadillas & Cranberry Mango Salsa
Serving Size: 1 (597 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1001.8
- Calories from Fat 366
- Total Fat 40.6 g
- Saturated Fat 13.2 g
- Cholesterol 106.1 mg
- Sodium 1215.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 110.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
- Sugars 46.6 g
- Protein 49.5 g
The following items or measurements are not included: