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Most people who don't like onions are surprised at how sweet onions taste when they are caramelized. Food&Wine/08/07. For best results refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
- 8 skinless chicken thighs, on the bone
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
- 1 pinch sugar
- fresh ground pepper
- 12 (6 inch) flour tortillas
- 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- In a bowl, toss the chicken thighs with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the rosemary, garlic and a generous pinch of salt.
- Cover and let the chicken stand at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
- Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, melt the butter in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Add the sliced onions, thyme, vinegar, sugar and a generous pinch of pepper.
- Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 30 minutes; add a few tablespoons of water from time to time to keep the onions moist.
- Light a grill and preheat the oven to 500°.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill over moderately high heat, turning, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Let the chicken cool, then pull the meat from the bones and tear into shreds.
- Arrange 6 tortillas on 2 large baking sheets.
- Spoon the onions onto the tortillas and top with the shredded chicken and blue cheese.
- Cover with the remaining tortillas, pressing to flatten slightly.
- Bake for about 6 minutes, until the quesadillas are golden and toasted.
- Transfer the quesadillas to plates and serve right away.
- *The unbaked quesadillas can be tightly wrapped in plastic and refrigerated overnight.
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