This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, May 25, 2007

Favorite Ingredients Friday--Seared Chicken with Squash Qesadilla

Seared Chicken With Squash Quesadilla
Serves 4
Found at Martha Stewart Recipes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
1/2 butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded, and sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 crushed red-pepper flakes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons minced plus 1/4 teaspoon garlic
2 limes, one cut into 8 slices, one juiced
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced into rounds
8 ounces goat cheese
6 twelve-inch flour tortillas
2 fresh cilantro

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees;. Drizzle 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place the squash pieces on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of red-pepper flakes. Roast in the oven until fork-tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool.

2. Meanwhile, prepare chicken: Season each breast with salt and pepper. Place 1/4 teaspoon garlic and 2 slices of lime under the tender of each breast. (The tender is the natural pocket on the underside of the breast.) In a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place chicken breasts in the skillet, tender side up. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon minced garlic, cumin, and half the lime juice to the pan. Cook until firm and golden brown, about 6 minutes per side; after the first 6 minutes, pour the remaining lime juice over the chicken, and turn chicken.

3. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook jalapeño slices for 4 minutes on each side. Remove, and set aside. Prepare the two quesadillas: Crumble 4 ounces goat cheese on 2 flour tortillas. Place about 10 cilantro leaves, 8 pieces roasted squash, and 4 jalapeño slices on each tortilla. Cover with another tortilla.

4. Reheat the skillet with 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook quesadilla until golden in color on the bottom, about 1 1/2 minutes. Slide quesadilla onto a dinner plate; turn over, and return quesadilla to the pan, uncooked side down. Cook until golden on the bottom. Remove from heat, and cut quesadilla into quarters with kitchen scissors or a knife. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas, adding more oil as necessary.

5. Serve one breast, cut in half, with 2 quesadilla quarters. Garnish with any leftover squash pieces and a few sprigs cilantro.

Favorite Ingredients Fridays is hosted by Overwhelmed With Joy. Visit her and the other ladies who participate for more favorite recipes.


Lori4squaremom said...

Oh, this sounds great! I love different types of quesadillas....tortillas are such versatile little things, I love em!

Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Jammy said...

Oh how I love quesadillas!!! And this one sounds really neat!!


Magi said...

Yum! Thanks!

annie said...

Yum, I love quesadillas!

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Rae said...

This sounds great, my mom will definitely love these. Thanks for sharing...have a great weekend! :)

Michelle said...

My hubby makes quesadillas for once a few times a month so I'm saving this recipe for him - thanks!

G.P. said...

joy thanx for stopping by the inn :) I love your recipe and your distinction between joy and happiness? May i borrow it ?

Thanx and
Joy 2 u
GP in Montana

Overwhelmed! said...

Oh, I love Martha Stewart recipes and this one sounds good!

Thanks so much for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange. I do appreciate it.

I hope to see you again this Friday!